What are the reusable options for managing your period?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:05:04 AM. Be it because of concerns over big femcare, landfill, cost, toxic ingredients or toxic shock syndrome, some menstruators seek solutions outside of the Kotex box.
Photo: Reusable menstrual products, such as cups, are carving out a market beyond earth mothers. (iStockPhoto/Anika Salsera) The multimillion-dollar feminine hygiene market is dominated by two products: pads and tampons. Most women will use one of the two — pads most commonly — for reasons including ease of purchase, convenience, comfort, discrete packaging, disposability and, of course, advertising. Pads and tampons, however, are not the only choices. While you can free bleed at one end of the spectrum or period suppress at the other, in this article I focus on those of us electing to manage the 40-ish millilitres of blood we lose each month. Be it because of concerns over big femcare, landfill, cost, toxic ingredients or toxic shock syndrome, some menstruators seek solutions outside of the Kotex box. These are those choices. Absorption approaches Tampons and pads work by absorbing blood. These products are generally single usage and afterwards are discarded and replaced with a new product. Photo: Reusable pads often have press studs to secure them to your underwear crotch. (ABC Gold Coast: Solua Middleton) "Rags" hasn't always been a crude euphemism for menstruation; it references a time when cloth was used, bled on, and then washed and used again. Wealth in the West, and the clout of the feminine hygiene industry however, has meant that today most of us won't consider reusable options. But such products are readily available and seek to overcome many of the problems...Read more
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