Managing your period is time-consuming and expensive. Many women carry the necessities around with them all the time—in case a friend, co-worker, or even a stranger in a public bathroom might find herself in a messy predicament.
From tampons to menstrual cups, there are a number of feminine hygiene products to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Finding what works best for you might take some trial and error, and even then, there are matters of quality, sustainability, and cost to consider.
Caring for your intimate area is especially important during that “time of the month”. Having hygiene products at hand, regularly changing your underwear, regularly changing (or washing) your hygiene products, and showering daily are vital habits for dealing with your period and everything that comes with it.
The period isn’t odorless, but if you notice an unusual or particularly strong smell, there could be an underlying cause you’ll want to address, such as an infection, or a forgotten tampon (which carries the risk of toxic shock syndrome). If unsure how to proceed, visit your doctor.
The world of feminine hygiene products has seen a lot of innovation over the past few decades, yet women still spend thousands on period products over their lifetimes. It’s about time these necessities become cheaper, more comfortable, and more sustainable.
What are the newest feminine hygiene products? How does one use a menstrual cup? Read more about Period Hygiene here.