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Sexual Health 1 September 2020

Alternative Menstrual Products You Need To Know About

Ingenious feminine hygiene products that are good for the environment and good for you.


Words By Brittany Lyons

Period-Proof Underwear

Relatively new to the world of lady hygiene products is period-proof underwear.

The disruptive menstrual underwear scene is a little controversial but becoming more widely accepted as time progresses. Even conventional underwear brands like BONDS have launched their own version, and supermarket giants are starting to stock similar feminine-hygiene products.

Boasting ultra-absorbency, moisture-wicking technology and odour stabilising properties, these genius inventions are here to simplify the monthly cycle and keep you feeling comfy and confident. Simply wear them when you need them, and wash just as you would your regular pair of underwear.

Shoppable according to absorbency, silhouette, motif and even age group, the period-proof underwear market has an offering for everyone.

ModiBodi also carries a range specifically designed for pregnancy and post-natal women, bathing suits suitable for when you’re menstruating and also a line of men’s incontinence briefs.

Inclusive, accepting and normalised fashion. We’re here for it.

Super Cotton Briefs, $54.35, Thinx

Menstrual Cups

If you’re a tampon lady, then chances are the switch to a menstrual cup won’t be too much of a shift.

Menstrual cups, sometimes referred to as Moon Cups, are generally created from silicone or rubber and engineered with all the right bits and bobs to ensure easy insertion and removal, as well as a comfortable placement inside the vaginal canal.

While the thought of a cup at first may seem a little intrusive, it is honestly almost the same as using a tampon without the absorption factor. There have actually been recent suggestions that the use of pesticide-reliant (non-organic) cotton fibres within the body has some detrimental long-term effects. Preventing a few million tampons ending up in landfill isn’t too bad of an idea either.

Reliant on air-tight suction once inserted, cups are pretty much a leak AND odour proof method of dealing with your period.

Most brands will have a few different sizes which accommodate females who are in different stages of life. Usually, those who are post-natal and who experience heavier cycles will opt for the larger options.

Intimini Lily Cup, $49.95, Adore Beauty

Reusable Pads

Using a similar ideology to the reusable cotton nappy system, reusable sanitary pads boast ultra-absorbency and simply snap in place around your everyday underwear.

Typically crafted from an organic, unbleached and non-dyed cotton lining and interior, these menstrual pads boast a healthier option when it comes to the body and environment. Machine or hand washable, the life expectancy of a reusable cotton pad is somewhere around 2-3 years. Less landfill waste, less requirement for disposable plastic wrapping and more time to get on with life.

Especially great for those who are sensitive in their sensitive areas, reusable cotton pads are extra gentle. Coatings and absorbent fillers in normal sanitary pads can act as irritants to the vulva, as well as restricting breathability which may cause some further health risks.

While hesitations surrounding the efficiency of reusable pads are warranted, these hannahpad versions actually boast a special TPU waterproof coating on the inside of the outer layer to provide secure protection against leaks.

hannahpad Organic Reusable Small Pad, $29.90, Nourished Life