Are you fed up with your usual tampons and pads? Looking for a more eco-friendly alternative perhaps? Well, the world of period protection has recently got a lot more interesting. Here are some of your options.
Period underwear (and not just your big, comfy pants)
One of the big developments is in underwear that removes the need for tampons or pads! An American brand, Thinx, has created “anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent, and leak-resistant” undies - and has a sharp, inclusive ad campaign too. While we haven’t tried them out ourselves yet, the general buzz is that they’re effective, particularly as backup or at night.
With an increased focus on the body-and eco-friendliness of sanitary protection, UK brand Freda has stepped up to offer 100 percent organic tampon and pads. You can sign up to a subscription service to have your customised protection pack sent to you each month. Freda, which donates a portion of its profits to initiatives tackling period poverty, recently unveiled a period manifesto to try to combat the stigma that exist around periods. It’s also encouraging companies to sign up to its corporate programme – and is offering a free month’s delivery of period care products to workplaces that subscribe.
Once considered a bit of a hippy-ish alternative to other means of protection, the reusable Mooncup and similar devices are becoming increasingly popular – and users are often devoted fans. It’s a flexible cup-like device made from medical grade silicone that you insert into your vagina. According to the makers, Mooncups hold three times as much as a tampon and need to be removed and emptied every 4 to 8 hours, depending on your flow.
Another alternative to more traditional protection, Flex is a flexible disc that sits horizontally just past the vaginal canal and can be used for up to 12 hours at time as it holds up to six teaspoons of fluid. It also doesn’t interfere with having sex. Currently the brand just ships to the US and the United Kingdom (which, we presume, include Northern Ireland). If you’re keen to try it you could use An Post’s AddressPal.