Currently, the way things are in the world, it is safer to stay at home with your loved ones, than venturing outside, even if it is to buy a bottle of water! That said, health comes first, and must be taken care of, and no matter what, you are going to get your period.
So, you may be wondering, what are the best measures you can take in order to firstly, not have to go to the shops every month and secondly, not have to store a whole bunch of sanitary pads or tampons in space you may not have. Let’s take a look at the best alternatives out there while you’re in home isolation (or home quarantine).
Menstrual cups are the best alternative out there! These nifty cups will support you during your period, and the best part about them is the fact that support the environment. They just need to be washed well, and they can be reused for as long as you need them!
Many of them are super affordable and over time, you will save so much money. This article discusses the fact that your period, on average, will cost almost $20,000 over your lifetime, so it’s great to know that you can buy affordable menstrual cups, and can use them for a considerable amount of time.
Menstrual cups have actually been around since 1937, and through the years, manufacturers have made them more and more comfortable and healthy to use. Today, millions of women around the world use these, as they are great for the environment and super handy to have, especially if you are someone who doesn’t have regular periods, and doesn’t always have tampons or pads at home.
When considering what menstrual cup to use, you have to look at the capacity that the menstrual cup has on offer. Some menstrual cups will offer a dual option, where you can buy small and large capacity options in one package – often at a heavily discounted rate.
Period panties are also a great choice as they are reusable and all you have to do is just wash them. The only downside to them is the fact that constantly have to be washed with detergent, preferably in a washing machine (at a cold temperature) which will cost you on electricity, water and detergent, and you also need to hang it outside to dry.
They are great though as you are saving a lot of money, and helping the environment at the same time. There’s also a whole array of different colors and designs from different manufacturers, so you can still feel feminine and sexy in them.
They work so well, as their layers are designed out of fabric and/or plastic that supplies different degrees of moisture-wicking, on top of antimicrobial qualities. There is breathability involved, it is resistant to leaks, and provides a whole lot of stretch.
Reusable pads are exactly as they sound – pads that are reusable. These are pads made of cloth, that come in lots of different colors and designs. You can buy a few upfront, and wash them in between. Although they will be more expensive than tampons and sanitary pads initially, you will save thousands by not having to constantly buy disposable tampons and sanitary pads.
They have a stay-dry material, so when they get wet, it doesn’t feel wet on your skin. There are often 6 in a pack, depending on which brand you go for, and there are snaps at the bottom which you release. You then simply place them in your underwear. They come with two different snap settings for comfortable adjustments.
They soak up a lot and stay dry, so they can last for quite a few hours. In order to clean them, you just need to unsnap them, fold the top over, and just snap it all into a bundle, and in this way, you never have to touch the part that is soiled.
Many come with a “wet bag”, so you can just pop it in there, together with your clean ones.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I clean my sanitary pad and tampon alternatives?
1) It is very important when using menstrual cups to wash it after use with warm water and soap that is unscented and mild. Rinse it thoroughly again with water and soap, making sure all the water is gone. It is of major importance to use soap that is unscented, as soap with fragrances can irritate your skin inside the vagina, and cause yeast infections.
2) When washing period panties, it is important to remember not to wash it in hot water. You should soak it in cool water before putting it in your regular load of washing, and then simply hang it to dry, remembering not to leave it too long in the hot sun.
3) If you are using a reusable cloth pad, all you need to do is pre-soak them, before putting them with your regular load. You can just fill a sink with cold water, open up your period “package”, and drop it in. Them simply put your hand gloves on, and move it around in the water, squeezing it at times. You will then want to add a bit of detergent, and repeat the process. It is then ready to be thrown in with the rest of your regular washing.
What is the best way to obtain my sanitary pad and tampon alternatives?
All you need do is order online and the package will be sent to you. It is especially important to have them delivered straight to your house for the easiest and safest option during this home isolation period.
What is the best sanitary pad and tampon pad alternative for the environment?
If you care deeply for the environment, you already know how sanitary pads and tampons fill up landfills and cause damage to the environment. Although period panties and cloth pads are a fantastic alternative, menstrual cups cause the less harm as there is no electricity, excess water and detergents used to wash it.
Which are the cheapest sanitary pad and tampon pad alternatives?
The cheapest alternative to look at are menstrual cups, followed by reusable cotton pads, and finally period panties.