Our Favorite Period Products

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one afternoon when I was in fourth grade, girls were bullied for watching videos about periods, pads, and tampons. This is where my public education on menstruation began and ended – a secret discussion the boys may not have known about. It was ingrained in us, from that moment forward, that it is in any way embarrassing to get your period.

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It certainly isn’t, and some of us at Nerdshala talked at length about our period flows and habits. Long before pads and tampons were available, people simply bled into their clothes or used homemade flannel cloth if the flows were particularly heavy, Women often stuffed rags that were then washed and reused later (hence the phrase “to be on a rag”).

There are now underwear, menstrual cups, reusable pads, applicator-less tampons for less waste, and even subscription services to have products delivered to your door every month. We tested a slew of new products along with the best budget and eco-friendly alternative ways to make that time of month more comfortable. These are our favourites.

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Updated January 2022: We’ve added more period underwear and menstrual cups that we love. We have also added complete information and updated prices.

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Period Underwear (and Workout Bottoms)

It can be scary to give up the menstrual products you used to use, but period underwear is a great place to start if you’re looking to switch up your routine—I’ve completely given up on tampons and There has been no leakage. It absorbs blood without feeling moist, and it shouldn’t transfer to your clothing if you’re wearing the right absorption level. You can also wear them for minor incontinence, regular discharge, postpartum bleeding, or to absorb sweat. There are even leakproof thongs and cute, lacy options.

Most period underwear isn’t cheap, but you can save money in the long run by not stocking up on so many tampons or pads. Start with a pair to see which style you like; In the end, you can get enough to run your entire cycle. Period underwear is rated for its level of absorption. Some brands describe these by spoonfuls of liquid or compare it to the number of tampons they replace; We have noted them here.

our favorite couple

Nix Super Leakproof High Rise Period Underwear

For all the period underwear in my dresser drawer, I reach for Knicks ($23-$38) First. Nylon pairs are so silky smooth and cool, like you’re wearing fancy skivvies, and they don’t dig anywhere. If you prefer cotton, the brand has that too. Even the super-absorbent pairs don’t feel rough—they don’t even feel like pads. I wear Dream Shorts ($38) To sleep regularly, even when I am not on my period.

The brand has four absorption levels: mild (1 teaspoon), medium (3 teaspoons), high (4-6 teaspoons, depending on the style), and super (8 teaspoons). there is also one postpartum collection and teen period kit,

Best Budget Couples

The Period Company High-Waste Heavy Flow Period Underwear

All standard underwear from Period Company costs just $12 (the .) Boxer $22 . Huh And this Sleeper shorts $24 . Huh) For that price, you can build up your entire week without spending as much as some of the other brands on this list.

I tried the heavily absorbent versions that hold nine tampons’ worth of liquid, which are the thickest of any pair I’ve tried. They don’t look awkward, but if you wear them under tight clothing it will probably be uncomfortable (and a little awkward). I love them to sleep on during my heavy days. there is sporty line Made of stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric that has similar absorbency but also accounts for sweat. there too lightweight version composed of a lesser layer of absorption, and therefore are thinner all around, and Junior,

More brands we like

I have tried many different period underwear now and I believe there is something for everyone.

  • Modibody ($19-$45) The brands I’ve tried have the highest style and absorbency levels. From super light (half to full tampons), medium-heavy (2-3 tampons), maxi 24 hours (10 tampons) and levels in between, you can find exactly what you need for each day of your period. it also has detachable, motherhood, Swimsuit, And Active the option.
  • Salt ($29-$39) The underwear is made from three post-consumer recycled water bottles. it only provides two levels of absorption, light (1-2 light tampons) and regular to high (2-3 regular tampons), but the styles are lovely with mesh and lace options. I recommend using other brands for your heavy days.
  • Bambodi ($12-$19) It only has two absorption levels—Leakproof (for spotting or super light days) and Absorbent (2 tampons)—but it’s one of the more affordable options along with the period company above.
  • Proof ($25-$43) There are more basic styles with four absorption levels: light (1 tampon), medium (3 tampons), heavy (4 tampons), and super heavy (5 tampons).
  • Pure Pink ($29-$32) Offers only three styles and one absorption level (up to 2 light tampons), but they’re cute and have some lacy accents—the company says more options are coming in spring 2022. company Works with DARE Women’s Foundation Providing underwear to young girls of Tanzania as well as providing food and water to communities in need.
  • Quora ($30) There’s only one style and absorption level, so I expect the company to expand. But if you’re buying warming period balm described below And want to try some underwear, they’re cool.
  • adidas period proof shorts ($45) And tights ($65) Pricey, but they’re made with built-in underwear. The brand recommends wearing these in addition to tampons, pads or cups for added protection, especially if you’re going to the gym or exercise for a while, but I found it absorbed enough without anything else . Bike Shorts ($45) The ones I tried are still available from Nordstrom, at least for now (they’re not available on the adidas site).
menstrual cup

Tampons and pads need to be changed frequently and are not good for the environment – ​​they are thrown away after a few hours. However, menstrual cups are reusable, long-lasting silicone cups that hold blood and prevent leakage. Buy it once and it should last for many years. There’s a learning curve, so try it on days you’re at home, and it may take a few tries before you find your perfect one.

To use the menstrual cup, you have to fold it (there are many different ways to do this) and insert it into your vagina. Feel around to make sure it fully unfolds and forms a seal. When you’re ready to take it out, Slightly pinch the base of the cup Breaking the seal—It’s a strange feeling, but don’t worry, it shouldn’t feel like it’s being broken. Depending on your flow, most menstrual cups can last up to 12 hours, so you can go through an entire workday without emptying it in a public bathroom. put a cup in it This is a great resource to help you determine which cup might be best. YouTuber RawBeautyKristi also offers Some cool tips about her experience using the menstrual cup.

our favorite cup

I appreciate and see the pros in all the cups I’ve tried for this guide, but I’ve always preferred other options. They don’t hurt, but it was like I pretty much knew I was using one, until I tried the Lily Cup. Once it was in, I forgot it was there. I too slept comfortably in it.

The secret is in its shape and size. It’s angled, thinner, and softer than most standard cups, so it’s smaller and feels more natural. If you’ve never used a cup, or like me, haven’t found a loved one, give it a try. Like most cups available, there is one for those who have not given birth vaginally and those who have.

most options

If the Lily Cup doesn’t appeal to you or you need more options, Meluna is popular in the category. There are many sizes, firmness levels and stem types to choose from and the company provides helpful tips for finding the right fit.

Kits are also available, which include One That Comes With Steamer To Clean Cups ($56), Most people boil them to clean, but if you live in something like a dorm where you don’t want to boil your period cup in a communal kitchen, it’s a good idea.

Menstrual Discs We Like
Photo: Nixita

I think most people would love Lily, but there is no one-size-fits-all product when it comes to periods. There are more options available that we love too, and most are cheap.

  • Nixit Disc ($42) There is a shallow type of cup, but otherwise, it works the same way. Nerdshala reviewer Lauryn Strumpe tested it and says it’s a good option if you don’t like the suction feeling after removing a traditional menstrual cup. Menstrual discs move back and forth into the vagina, which means you can have penetrative sex even while using them.
  • Flex Disc ($11 for 8) And SoftDisk ($11 for 14) The above are disposable versions of Nixit discs and some of us at Nerdshala have tried them. If you hate regular menstrual cups but have never tried discs, you can start here and then get Nixit if you decide you want a reusable option-Flex has a reusable version ($35) Also we haven’t tried. These also work for no-mess period sex.
reusable pad

For some reason, the thought of a reusable pad was a bit harder to wrap my head around than period underwear, but they are…

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