You use a what for your periods?
Today’s post is all about menstrual products – pads, tampons and menstrual cups. As a woman with a bleeding disorder, I’ve had more than a few experiences with menstrual products. I’ve been wanting to share my experience with my menstrual cup with everyone for a while now – as a female with a bleeding disorder I was incredibly dubious about how it might work for me, but it wasn’t until I got a report from another female bleeder and actually gave it a go that I could really understand how it might help me. Little life tip there that I’m sure you’ve heard a number of times as a kid – don’t knock it until you try it!
I’ve recorded this one in video form, so sit back and take a look:
A few things I wanted to add to my video:
Aussies – a menstrual cup is regarded as a medical device and require approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, so if you’re curious about trying one, please choose one from this list:
Juju Cup ARTG ID: 180153
Lunette Cup ARTG ID: 157084
Diva Cup ARTG ID: 173694
Keeper Cup ARTG ID: 68249.
I use a Juju cup, and as you can probably tell, I really enjoy using it! I went with Juju after reading some reviews, but also because they’re the only Australian Made option, and their packaging has no plastic. I have previously used TOM pads and tampons, which are available at both Coles & Woolworths. I also love the idea of Tsuno – who donate products and profits to women both here in Australia and in developing countries without access to menstrual products. I love that a period can become a way to change the world!
The one thing I didn’t touch on in my video is how you get the darn thing in and out! I found both Juju and youtube were helpful with lots of tutorials. And then just giving it a go in the shower before my period helped too.
Still not convinced to change from normal pads and tampons to a natural, organic fibre option? Check out this episode of Health Talks from Dr Nat Kringoudis & Aimee Marks of TOM (the key demonstration of the difference starts at about 7 minutes). I definitely don’t want that inside me!
I’d love to hear about your experience with the various menstrual products. Leave a comment or send me an email!
P.S All the products I’ve mentioned in this post are ones I’ve paid for myself. No incentive was given or products provided for this discussion, I’m sharing because I genuinely love them!