Ladies, this blog is for you. Let's talk periods.
No one likes them. If you're lucky enough to have a mild period, you may not mind yours too much. But I have yet to find a women who enjoys theirs.
On top of the obvious displeasure of having a period, period products are a HUGE source of frustration. Did you know that the average women will spend around $6,000 on sanitary products in their lifetime?!
That's a lot of money to spend!! Not only do these products cost an absurd amount of money, but they are also creating a disgusting amount of waste.
Did you know that 12 BILLION pads and 7 BILLION tampons are thrown away each year in the US?? Not only do a lot of these end up in the landfill, but many of them are also flushed down the toilet clogging sewers, "or contribute to the staggering amount of plastics in our oceans". Tampon applicators take forever to break down in the ocean and can be eaten by all the marine life causing a whole new set of issues.
So what are the alternatives?
Menstrual Cups ($19.99): I know I know, these seem really gross. But I promise they're not as gross as they seem and you get used to how to use them extremely fast. These are a little more expensive, however they last years before needing to be replaced. Instead of spending $6,000, you're only spending around $100 over time!
Reusable Pads(from $7.50): If you don't like the idea of the cup, you can also look into reusable pads! These vary in pricing and you'll need more of them to get through a period, but these also last a long time as long as you take good care of them. The amount you need will depend on how heavy your flow is and how often you want to do laundry. Monitor how many disposable pads you go through in a day usually and start there!
Period Underwear(from $15 a pair): These may be the largest investment but they also may be the easiest to use. All you have to do is put these underwear on and you're done! They come in a variety of absorbencies and styles. They also vary greatly in price and quality, so do your research! Or get one pair from a few brands and see which ones you like the most. Some popular brands are, Knix, Thinx, and Bambody.
Help reduce period waste and see which option works best for you and your body. It definitely is an adjustment to use these reusable products instead of disposables but they're all so easy to use and you'll feel great that you're reducing your waste!