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What You Need to Know When Switching to Reusable Period Care

29.05.2024 4 Minutes
What You Need to Know When Switching to Reusable Period Care

Alright, let’s dive into the world of reusable period products!

Okay friends, we get it - ditching the tammies and pads is a big deal and menstrual cups, discs and period underwear sound a bit weird. We hear you BUT if they are so weird then why is everyone but you making the switch? Well, ‘cause they are actually kinda amazing and life changing and surely you are getting sick of forking out for disposable pads or tampons. Every. Single. Month. 

BUT before you jump on the bandwagon here are the main things you should look for when purchasing sustainable period care products.  

First things first, let’s talk about the options. When it comes to reusable period products, you've got a few choices: pads, period underwear, period cups (also known as menstrual cups) and menstrual discs. Pads and period underwear work just like their disposable counterparts, but they're made from absorbent, washable materials. Cups and discs, on the other hand, are inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid.

Menstrual cups are typically made from medical-grade silicone or TPE and can be left in for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow, and then emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. Cups come in different sizes and shapes, so it may take some trial and error to find the right fit for you.

Menstrual discs are similar to cups but are designed to sit at the base of the cervix, rather than inside the vaginal canal. They can also be left in for up to 12 hours and hold more fluid than tampons or pads. Discs are usually made from medical-grade silicone or other flexible materials. Like cups, they may come in different sizes and may require some experimentation to find the perfect fit.

Let’s talk about design. You want something that feels good to wear all day long. If you’re opting for period underwear you know only want it to look good but you want them to be comfortable, and, most importantly, to do their job. Nobody wants to be fussing with ugly, uncomfortable undies - especially when you are on your period. You want to feel comfortable and know that your undies are designed to have your back(side) when you need them to..

Next up, absorbency. This is crucial. You want something that can handle your flow without any leaks or mishaps. Reusable period pads and period underwear come in different absorbencies, just like disposables. So, if you're a heavy bleeder, go for something that has high absorbency so you can go about your day without stress. Cups and period discs tend to hold at least three times more than regular pads and tampons - so are a great option if you have a heavy flow. 

Now, let’s talk about convenience. One of the best things about reusable period products is that they're, well, reusable! But that also means you gotta clean 'em. Look for products that are easy to care for. Most reusable pads and underwear can be tossed in the washing machine with your regular laundry. Some even come with handy wet bags for when you're on the go. One of the things we love about Hello Undies and Hello Pads is not only are they high absorbency, but they are dryer friendly. Ain't nobody got time for complicated cleaning routines, so keep it simple.

Durability is another factor to consider. You want something that's gonna last you a good long while. Reusable period products might cost a bit more upfront, but they'll save you money in the long run if they hold up well. Check out reviews and see what other other users are saying about the durability of different brands. Hello Period’s menstrual cups and discs should be replaced at least every five years or if they start to show signs of wear and tear.

Now, let’s address the eco-factor. One of the main reasons people make the switch to reusable period products is to reduce waste. Disposable pads and tampons create a heck of a lot of waste that ends up in landfills and can take hundreds of years to fully degrade. So, when you're shopping for reusable options, think about the environmental impact. Look for products that are produced by companies with eco-friendly certifications such as B Corporation or are Climate Positive. 

Comfort, absorbency, convenience, durability, and eco-friendliness - those are the key things to keep in mind when you're on the hunt for reusable period products. But remember, everyone's body is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. Don't be afraid to try out a few different options until you find the perfect fit for you.

Oh, and one last thing - don't forget to treat yourself! Making the switch to reusable period products is a big step towards a more sustainable lifestyle, so why not celebrate? Treat yourself to some chocolate or a nice bath bomb. You deserve it!

So there you have it - everything you need to know about what to look for in reusable period products. Now go forth and menstruate in style!