Feminine care has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years. And there is now a liberating array of well thought out feminine hygiene products out there, all designed to keep you well protected throughout your period. Leaving you free to get on with your life!
From menstrual cups to organic tampons, sanitary pads and panty liners to period underwear, Holland & Barrett offers a wide range of sustainable alternatives to ensure that your body’s natural cycle is supported in as healthy a way as possible.
Menstrual cups as an alternative to tampons and pads
For many woman used to using tampons each month, the idea of trying out a menstrual cup instead can initially appear a little daunting.
Will it leak? Are there different sizes of menstrual cup? Which size will I need? And how will I rinse it out?
No need to worry! Whether you choose trusted brands such as
Mooncup or Organicup, you can be reassured that menstrual cups offer a safe and more environmentally friendly way to collect rather than absorb your flow, reducing the need for tampons.
Made from soft, medical grade silicone which are reusable for several years, menstrual cups are easy to insert and can be used by someone just starting their periods, right through to someone else who has been menstruating for years.
How do I know which size of menstrual cup I need?
Easy. Menstrual cups generally come in 2 sizes. If you are under 30 years of age and have not given birth vaginally, then the smaller size is the one for you.
Alternatively, if you are over the age of 30 or you have given birth vaginally, then you will need the slightly larger size menstrual cup.
And with the right fit, you won’t even know you are wearing one.
How can I clean my menstrual cup?
Once you need to empty your menstrual cup, simply rinse it out and reuse.
And if you’re out in public, without the privacy of your own bathroom, just wipe it with toilet paper and then rinse it more thoroughly when you get home.
You might also like to use a mild, PH balanced menstrual cup wash, suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Reusable period pads
If the idea of a menstrual cup is not for you, then reusable period pads offer an eco-friendly alternative and much less invasive alternative.
No perfumes, toxins and irritants, they are also great for your skin. And much better for the environment than disposable tampons and pads, since they can last up to 10 years (to say nothing of the cost savings over this time).
Reusable period pads come in different sizes to cope with different flows. And their no leaks bindings and popper fastenings mean you can rely to them to stay safely in place, without the need for sticky strips of glue!
When you need to change your reusable pad, just rinse it out and pop in a waterproof bag before washing at home at 40-60 degrees, along with your usual load.
Stylish underwear that can cope with a period
Period underwear is essentially washable and reusable period pants, or period knickers, which offer yet another alternative to disposable pads and tampons.
And with the addition of a little lace, they’re surprisingly stylish too!
Made from sustainable materials, these comfy, period-proof undies can hold the equivalent of up to 4 tampons’ worth of fluid.
And what’s more, their inbuilt moisture wicking and absorbent, leak proof panel keeps you fresh and dry for up to 12 hours. Meaning you can feel completely confident whilst out wearing them.
What are the benefits of period proof underwear?
Ideal for anyone who would rather not use tampons or pads, period proof underwear is also perfect for younger girls, whose periods may still be irregular and who are keen to avoid bulky pads or embarrassing leaks during the school day.