Remember the wave sanitary napkins aka pads brought when they were first launched into the market? They turned out to be extremely more comfortable than the homemade pads and were decently accessible by girls and women.
However, the constant sweating, sometimes itching and odour that it brought with it was non-negotiable — not to forget the high amount of waste that it generated — both in the form of money and plastic.
Then came tampons — tampons used to be the instant alternative to conventional pads — until they became a major reason for toxic shock syndrome (TSS) — an uncommon yet potentially fatal disease that may happen due to the use of the same tampon for extended hours.
However, these period products are proving their worth by being an excellent alternative to pads and tampons — not to forget, being sustainable and eco-friendly at the same time.
This has to be at the top on my list. Fairly new to the Indian market, menstrual cups are loved by every single girl/ woman who has used it. Though one may find it hard to use initially, these cups are proving to be one of the best alternatives to pads and tampons. Not only can it hold menstrual blood for upto ten hours, but it also comes with a lifetime of at least ten years. Imagine the amount of money one can save with these wonder cups. Menstrual cups are not only easy on the pocket but also great for the environment as they are considered to be a sustainable and eco-friendly option.
Inspired by the traditional homemade cloth pads, these cotton pads are great alternatives to the conventional disposable pads. Like homemade pads, these are also reusable, but unlike them, these are made of waterproof fabric, thus reducing the chances of any leakage. They come with wings, are super comfortable, eco-friendly and easily washable and hence easy on your pockets too.
Imagine waking up one day while menstruating and not worrying about changing the pads. Made up of absorbent fabric, period pants could be an excellent alternative to your regular pads — particularly, if you are someone who is blessed to have a light flow. These are apt for girls who have just started menstruating and cannot keep a count of their monthly cycles.
Menstrual discs could be an unknown product for a lot of women, but these are equally efficient, like any other period product. Not only it lasts for up to twelve hours, but it can also let you enjoy mess-free period sex. Though these discs are not reusable, they are known for producing 60 per cent less waste than tampons which is again a great alternative to disposable menstrual products.
Menstrual sponges are no different than normal sponges — but are designed to be inserted in order to absorb menstrual blood. They could be messy until you get the hang of them. These can be reused for up to a year, thus making them a great eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to regular plastic pads.
Have you used any of these products? Please share your experience with us and guide several other girls/ women in leading a safe waste-free cost-effective period life!