Did you know natural period alternatives can help decrease uncomfortable issues associated with menstruation? Most of us start out relying on the same two options, pads and tampons. Unfortunately, there is nothing healthy about these options. They may be sanitary – a luxury our ancestors couldn’t afford. But they are covered in chemicals and the cotton is almost always bleached. Many women have found relief from painful symptoms of conditions like endometriosis and PCOS by switching to natural alternatives. Most people on their journey to finding natural alternatives experience less cramping and lighter periods! Who wouldn’t want that?
Your Guide to Natural period Alternatives.
Menstrual cups may be the most intimidating natural period alternative. There are so many to choose from. It can be intimidating trying to figure out which one is right for you, fortunately, there’s an internet quiz for that! Put A Cup In It created this awesome quiz that many women swear by when finding the fit they need. My favorite brand prior to pregnancy was the Diva Cup. My favorite brand postpartum, has been Lena Cups, they come in two sizes for heavy days and light days.
Cups are all generally shaped the same, and made of silicone. They are inserted vaginally. When inserted properly, they create a light suction (you won’t notice this) which helps them stay in place. Placed improperly they tend to leak a bit. To clean them, you rinse with water or a special cleaner between uses. They can also be boiled between periods if you feel this is necessary. Learning to insert and remove the cup may be difficult the first few times, so be patient. Most women report lighter flow and less cramping after 3 cycles – meaning you may not be a believe at first! But it is worth consistency.
Cloth Pads are a less scary natural period alternative for most women. There is no learning curve when using them. You simply choose the pads you want, order them, and wait for them to arrive! Most of them have snaps or velcro closures to help keep them in place. The most common complaints from cloth pads, are that they can cost more up front, and washing them quickly can be a hassle.
Typically, you can store them in wet bags, in your purse while out in public. Then come home and soak them in a solution of water and white vinegar until machine washing them. The vinegar helps keep bacteria from growing and can decrease staining. You can also expect to benefit from less cramping after a few cycles away from regular sanitary pads.
Another awesome natural period alternative is sea sponge! They work as an alternative to tampons. There is not much of a learning curve as they can usually be bought in a multi-pack with different sizes. They are easy to clean by soaking in vinegar between use, and boiling between cycles. It is recommended that you replace them about every 6 months.
Jade & Pearl seem to be the most popular seller of Sea Sponge Tampons. A few reasons women love them is they are comfortable, easy to insert (just add water first), and some reviews say they are soft enough to be worn during intercourse on your period. Because they are chemical free, they also tend to lighten bleeding and eliminate painful cramps!
This natural period alternative is a bit different. It’s actually the first product I tried when transitioning away from tampons. Some people dislike them, due to their shape. But they tend to be easier to insert and remove than traditional menstrual cups. Soft Cups come in a box with multiple cups. However, most users agree that the cups can be hygienically reused (rinse between use) during a single cycle. Meaning the box should last about a year!
Some of the reviews also state that this product can be worn during period intercourse. Which is a claim I am not too confident making personally, but we are all shaped differently so I don’t doubt the possibility! Overall, they do tend to be a bit messier to remove than a traditional menstrual cup. But they are still a great alternative to toxic tampons.
Period panties are probably the easiest to use natural period alternative available on the market today. They are relatively inexpensive, hygienic, and can be worn a full day without leaking! As a Mother of a girl, I don’t have to worry about her periods for a long time. But when the time comes – this is a direction I hope to steer her in. Many of the reviews I have read particularly touch on the confidence and leak protection it provides school aged girls with.
There are a lot of different brands to choose from, however, they all seem to work the same, so all you have to do is decide which fit you prefer and buy a multi-pack. One of the more popular brands available now is Hesta on Amazon, they do need to be replaced from time to time. Based on reviews your mileage may vary!
With so many healthy options, what’s holding you back?
I’d love to confidentially help you find a deeper level of personal health and wellness by addressing your concerns. Switching to any alternative product can be intimidating. You and your body are worth the transition though. For extra support, leave an anonymous comment below. Or feel free to reach out to me directly here or on social media!