This resuable menstrual options post was inspired by my collaboration with Lunapads.com. All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% my own!
Here on So Easy Being Green, we've talked about a reusable menstrual products that are available instead of using disposables. I've reviewed a few different menstrual cups and even shared how they completely changed my life. I did a whole series on Mama Cloth before that, when I had completely ditched disposable products after having Moreaya.
But did you know there are even more options than those two? Yep, there are actually quite a few and today, we're going to examine each and see if one would be better suited to you than another. I'll be sharing a super awesome new product too!
It's always good to have options and the reusable menstrual products market isn't lacking. Let's look at some of the options that are available to women.
Perhaps cloth pads, also known as Mama Cloth, are one of the easiest reusable options for women to try in their first attempt at going reusable in menstrual products.
They are really easy to learn how to use correctly, quite simple to wash, and quite affordable. Although there is a start-up cost, like with almost any reusable product, the amount you need depends on your flow and how often you want to wash your pads.
You can purchase pads individually or in kits, like this one, which is available at Lunapads.com.
A menstrual cup has a bit more of a learning curve than cloth pads, but if you get the hang of it, you'll grow to love your cup. It's liberating – with no mess, no strings, and the ability to do anything you would when you're not on your period – hiking, running, swimming!
There are a few cups on the market, but one of the most popular is the Diva Cup, pictured above.
Reusable Tampons and Sea Sponges
I'm not going to go into great detail about this option because I really have no personal experience. But there are reusable tampon options available – in the form of crocheted tampons and even sea sponges.
Last, but certainly not least… a completely new and revolutionary, option! Lunapads recently released their new reusable menstrual product – Lunapanties. So, how are they different from cloth pads?
The insert is sewn right into the underwear, meaning you won't ever have any bunching or shifting like you can experience with cloth pads sometimes. There are different types of Lunapanties available depending on your flow and your style – don't be thinking these are Granny Panties – no way!
Worn on their own, Lunapanties give you the protection like a disposable pantyliner would, but you also have the option of adding in a liner for extra protection while you're on your period. No need to change out the Lunapanties each time, though – you simply replace with another insert. Although, you'll want to wash your Lunapanties daily.
To learn more about Lunapanties, check out the FAQs on the Lunapads website.
Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated social mission-based business & certified B Corporation. Our goal is to help individuals have healthier, positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, & by extension, their bodies overall. Thanks to Lunapads customers who have made the switch to Lunapads washable cloth menstrual pads, over 1 million disposable pads & tampons are now being diverted from landfills monthly.
Thanks to Lunapads' buy-one, give-one campaign called One4Her, for every Lunapad sold, an AfriPad made by women in Uganda, is donated to a girl in East Africa. Millions of girls in the developing world lack access to menstrual products. As a result, many stay home from school during their periods. The missed days add up, with girls missing up to 20% of their education, thereby increasing their likelihood of dropping out. Girls who don't complete their education marry earlier, earn less, and are at greater risk of contracting HIV or dying in childbirth