There are many options available when it comes to managing our periods and we tend to choose what we can rely on and, more importantly, what suits us. We all have our own preferences within the vast range of pads and tampons, without or without wings, applicators and the differences in size and absorbency. Sensitive skin and allergic reactions are also necessary considerations along with the environmental impact of whatever product we decide to use.
We will always be careful how we treat our bodies and are becoming increasingly aware about how we treat our planet. Eco-friendly feminine products are now widely available without harmful additives that are kind to us while dealing effectively with our concerns regarding sustainability and disposal.
Our current favourite is the Mooncup reusable menstrual cup made from medical grade silicone. It is designed to be folded and gently inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. Once inserted the cup opens out and is held in place by the vaginal muscles. It should be emptied, rinsed and reinserted every 4-8 hours and can be used overnight, during physical activity or while swimming. At the end of your period give the cup a more thorough clean and sterilize in hot water before tucking it away till next month.
The Mooncup is made from hypoallergenic silicone, without latex, and will not irritate or dry out your most sensitive areas. It is comfortable to wear and very convenient, discreet and portable for when you need it next. Emptying and cleaning your cup allows you keep track of your flow through your period and serves to familiarise us with bleeding, removing any stigma around the subject of menstruation. Many women have switched to the menstrual cup because of the incredible benefits it brings, you will only need to buy one Mooncup and it will last for years.
Gynaecologists unanimously believe that conventional period products, with their combination of additives and synthetic fabric, are a directly attributable cause of skin irritation in intimate areas around the labia and vagina. By removing unnecessary bleaches, perfumes and surfactants and using natural fabrics it is possible to prevent dermatitis, skin allergies and other pelvic inflammatory conditions.
Many period products use synthetic rayon, plastic inserts, microfibre liners or ultra-absorbent gels which will not biodegrade and will permanently harm our eco-system. Viable alternatives can be produced using organic cotton, wood pulp or vegetable starch for effective protection that will not harm nature and will not compromise your health.
Natracare sanitary products are produced with the aim of providing protection without harming your health or damaging the environment. Their range of tampons, pads and liners are made from organic materials without the use of pesticides, phthalates or chlorine based dioxins, all known skin irritants. Organic cotton is completely biodegradable, cultivated and processed ethically and sustainably.
Whether we use cups, pads tampons or towels the decision how to protect our health, comfortably, is all down to us. There is nothing more natural than having a period, it makes sense to protect nature and make menstruation eco-friendly with environmentally conscious sanitary products.