As women, we’re all too familiar with the usual symptoms of our periods. Thankfully, we have access to a large number of the best period products to help deal with our monthly cycle and improve the way we experience these symptoms.
While each of us has our differences in how we like to handle our unique cycle, we’ve created a list of some of the best period products available so you can find the tools that best suit you and your body.
A popular alternative to pads and tampons, menstrual cups have gained popularity in recent years. One of the main benefits is being able to reuse the same cup for several years, as the cup can be washed and stored in between uses.
Most cups also have a high volume capacity, meaning that they hold more blood than traditional pads and tampons. They can also be worn for long periods of time without the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is a small but possible risk when using tampons for extended periods of time.
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For those who experience discomfort when using tampons or pads, period underwear may be the best period product alternative on this list. While they may look like a regular pair of panties, they have a special lining which is very absorbent so you won’t need to worry about leaking or bleeding through onto your clothes.
Once they’re been used, simply throw them in with the rest of your washing so they’re ready to use during your next period. It’s recommended that they’re washed in cold water but washing instructions are provided for the best way to maintain them.
They are also a great option while sleeping, as they are as comfortable as normal underwear, or for those who have recently started having their periods and are still getting used to using other period products.
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This is a classic, almost being stereotypical in sitcoms and movies, yet still being one of the best period products out there. Placing heat on the areas where you experience cramps can bring relief and comfort during your period.
A modern improvement on this is the chargeable water bottle. All the benefits of a regular one without the risk of spilling hot water all over the place or even yourself. Simply plug the charger into the water bottle and you’ll have a nice warm bottle in minutes, all without needing to replace the liquid within.
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Organic pads & tampons
Most of us are familiar with regular tampons and pads, having probably used them from our very first period up until today. The major difference between those and the organic version is that the cotton used for the pads and tampons are free from pesticides, fragrances, dyes and bleaches.
While this may seem like a small difference, it could make a large impact on your reproductive health as being exposed to these chemicals could be negatively affecting your body without you even realizing it. Those with skin sensitivity can benefit greatly from switching to the organic version.
While these can be used for more than just periods, many of us rely on low-dose painkillers during our period. These medications are available without a script from a doctor and help to reduce the pain often associated with cramping during your period.
Popular options for painkillers include:
- Paracetamol commonly known as Panado
- Aspirin like Disprin
- Ibuprofen or Neurofen
- CBD oil
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While these options are sufficient for most women, a stronger painkiller may be necessary for those who experience more extreme symptoms. This could be caused by a number of things so if you experience painful cramps, speak to your doctor about your options.
Probably the newest product on our list, a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS device uses harmless, low-level electric currents to help reduce the pain of period cramps. Some of these devices are small and discreet enough that they can be worn while out of the house.
The electrodes are attached to the skin in the area where you feel the pain and once you turn the device on, it helps to stimulate the area. This helps to release endorphins as well as to block the pain signal in the body, both of which help to lessen the pain caused by cramping.
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Period tracking apps
We all know our typical period cycle lasts about 28 days and yet somehow it manages to sneak up on us, usually when we plan on wearing a bikini or our new white pants. By using a period tracking app, you’ll know exactly when your next period is due plus you can monitor your cycle for any irregularities.
It can also be a useful tool for those trying to conceive as these apps also track when you’re ovulating. Being aware of your fertility window can help increase your odds of having a positive pregnancy result.
After downloading your app of choice, start inputting the relevant information about your cycle. You’ll receive helpful notifications about the different phases you’re experiencing, allowing you to better understand your unique cycle.
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Speaking to a women’s healthcare professional can help you to find the best period products for you and treatments to help deal with any symptoms you may be experiencing. To speak to a Zoie Health professional, click here to book a virtual consultation today.