Ditch the Tampons and Pads! Check Out These Great Period Alternatives

When it's your time of the month you may reach for tampons or pads.  However, these aren't the only options available.  Check out these three alternatives that may be more comfortable and are better for the environment.  Many women swear by the ease and cleanliness of using these alternatives over the old standbys.  It can take some courage to try something new, but many women find their periods are a lot less stressful once they take the plunge.  

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The Panties:

Why not wear panties when Aunt Flo comes to visit? Panties made just for that time of the month can hold up to the equivalent of 1.5 – 2 tampons. Thinx are among the highest-rated type of panties because of their leak-proof absorbency and range of styles. Thinx are surprisingly similar to everyday panties and don't at all feel bulky in styles ranging from hipster to bikini. These come in different flow types. On heavy days, some women may change their panties once or twice or use them as a back-up for a tampon if they are concerned about leaks. On moderate to low-flow days, only one pair should be needed. You can get substantial discounts on buying a period set or plan on getting a couple of pairs and rinsing them out each night for reuse the next day.

The Cup:

Many women swear by cups that are inserted and can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time. Cups like the Diva Cup come in different sizes and collect your flow. Once it's time, empty the cup and reinsert. The cup is popular because you never need to be worried about being caught without enough supplies for the day and they are very low maintenance. The cup can be left in nearly the entire day or can be washed out and reinserted every time you go if that's your preference.    

The Disc:

A disc is similar to a cup in that it collects rather than absorbs. However, discs, like the Flex Disc, are disposable. The Flex Disc holds the equivalent of five tampons and only needs to be changed every 12 hours rather than every few hours. Even though these are a disposable option, since they can generally be worn for 12 hours at a time they create a lot less waste than pads or tampons. Like the other alternatives, you can also just put one in the morning and not worry about packing supplies for the rest of the day.  

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Ditch the Tampons and Pads! Check Out These Great Period Alternatives

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