Most of us will menstruate at least at some point during our lives. Whether you’re on birth control to create a period through a different biological process or experience a natural periods, or even spotting, you know you need some management tools to keep your flow under control. 98% of American women still use a combination of tampons and pads, and those may still be the best bet for you, but did you know there are a range of awesome period products and services available today that are working to decrease cost, environmental impact, pain, and leaks?
We’re highlighting some of our favorite period products available in the US today.
Period underwear have actually been around since before 1920, but they are coming back into style with a revamped design, style, and usability. These undies are designed to be worn without tampons or pads, or in addition to prevent leaks and stains.
Some of our favorite period undies are:
Thinx: Perhaps the most well known period panties use a patented technology to maximize absorption and minimize leaks. We love that they come in all different sizes and styles including briefs, thongs, boyshorts. Note that some styles are better for your heavier flow days. If you’re iffy on trying out the trend, Thinx has a 60 day money-back guarantee.
Rael: These period panties use organic cotton designed for menstruation, leading to maximum comfort at an affordable price.
Intimate Portal: These awesome undies are a two in one: they are designed for both period and incontinence (leaky bladder) protection. You can also buy maternity underwear.
Ruby Love: This may have the most diverse line we have seen: absorbent materials for underwear, swimwear, sizes for teens, loungewear, active wear and more. We also love their subscription boxes and first period kit.
Modibodi: This diverse brand has a lot of undie styles and also expands their period line for maternity and swimming. If you’re looking for solutions for your daughters, they also stock sizes 8–14 for girls.
Natural Menstrual Products
While the jury is still out on whether endocrine disruptors and other chemicals in tampons are harmful, some women simply prefer to go natural. That means using period products that are chemical, toxin, artificial fragrance, and synthetic free. We don’t have an opinion on who is right, but we do know there are a lot of natural menstrual products available today that might not yet be on the shelves of your local pharmacy.
Kali: chemical-free, organic feminine hygiene products delivered to your door every month. Their 100% cotton tampons are free of any toxic chemicals like dioxin, synthetic fibers, dyes, fragrances, and chlorine bleach.
LOLA: Monthly subscription box of organic cotton femine care products including pads, liners, and tampons that you can customize to what you like.
Tampon Tribe: A super affordable monthly subscription box with 100% certified organic cotton pads, panty liners, or pads according to your choice.
Cora: Once every 3 month subscription with organic tampons and a black storage box and clutch. You can choose your absorbency, tampon quantity, and how you’d like to pay.
This is L: Monthly subscription box of organic cotton periodic products free of any pesticides, rayon, chlorine, dyes, or other harmful chemicals. You can customize how many tampons, pads, and liners you want.
Athena Club: Premium tampons or organic tampons every month that are all FDA approved.
Menstrual cups are inserted into the vagina to collect period blood and you can dump it out when needed and according to the product specifications. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem. We love cups because of their lifetime savings and better impact on the environment. Some even help you avoid messy period sex! You can now get menstrual cups at most local pharmacies and supermarkets, but there are some cool options online as well!
Flex: We are just the biggest fans of Flex not only because you can choose either a disposable disc or a menstrual cup (or both) but because Flex works to help you enjoy sex during your period without the mess. Not only do progesterone and estrogen sometimes increase someone’s sex drive during your period, sex can help relieve cramps and women can also experience more pleasure due to the change in hormones, natural lubrication, and increased sensitivity.
Ziggy Cup: This a flat menstrual cup that like flex can be worn during sex. Best of all, the manufacturer claims you can’t feel the cup at all due to its design.
Lily Cup: The only cup that rolls as thin as a tampon that is super helpful for women with a higher cervix or a heavier flow. Intima also offers Lily Compact design that is collapsible and discreet.
Period Pain Tools
We know many of you experience pain during your period. Check out these two awesome tools to help you manage those pesky, sometimes debilitating cramps:
Livia: this wearable menstrual pain relief device uses electric micro-pulses to tap into the body’s natural pain defences that prevents menstrual pain from being felt. Unlike pain medications, there are no side-effects to using Livia, and the female body cannot build up a tolerance to it. Livia is portable, fashion-forward, easy to use and can be worn discreetly under most outfits. Moreover, its long-life rechargeable battery makes Livia reusable for years.
Nanopad: This cool wearable sanitary pad was developed to naturally relieve menstrual discomfort made with 100% certified organic cotton and biodegradable packaging. The pads are infused with all-natural Nannogenic™ technology developed to absorb the far infrared energy generated by our bodies and safely concentrate it back to the pelvic area. This improves blood microcirculation and helps in alleviating menstrual discomfort.
Hela Health Menstruation Community
At Hela, we believe in helping women get the care and tools they need to better manage menstruation. We are firm advocates in eliminating shame and embarrassment, and promoting tools that can help you take back control.