Period products that have changed my life
Over the last few months, I have discovered some period products that have changed my life as I know it. Anyone who gets a period knows the pain of having to make sure there are products available at home for those just in case days where your period likes to surprise you.
I’ve been getting my period since I was 12…14 years. It feels like ages. The first time I got it, I was so excited. All like ‘I’m a woman now!’. But, pretty quickly that changed. I think we all have period horror stories. One of mine is when I went on a plane and bled onto the seat. I had to tie my jumper around my waist and change when I got into the airport. I ended up having to wash my shorts in the airport’s toilet sinks! Luckily those were the days of board shorts, so they dried pretty quickly under the hand dryer. And thank goodness my mum was with me.
The last few months I have come across some products that have wowed me. I always looked at them and thought that a) one of them was pretty invasive and scary looking, and b) would they really prevent blood from getting everywhere?
The period products that have changed my life are: a menstrual cup from oi and 3 pairs of period undies from modibodi. They have been life-changing. I never really put much thought into how much waste the usual period products produced.
This handy calculator calculates just how much waste you will produce by using traditional period products like pads and tampons:
At first, I was very sceptical. Would these products actually work? Would the undies contain the blood? Would the cup get lost in me?
I’m still getting used to the cup, and I did have a panicky moment when it was being stubborn and I couldn’t get a good grip on it. I thought I was going to be stuck with a cup inside me for the rest of my life. After 10 minutes wrestling with it, I managed to pull it out.
The undies, however, have been a godsend. They are so easy to use. Just a rinse out under cold water and then wash on cold in the washing machine. They are comfortable and so easy to wear!
Has anyone else made the move from traditional period products to reusable ones?