When I was growing up if you went to a store to get menstruation products you would have two options: pads and tampons. As we become more aware of the chemicals in our products it made me strive to find alternative products. My daughter is getting to the age where she will need these products and I want to make sure that I am giving her a healthy alternative for her long-term health. Most pads and tampons have contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.
Brand: Viva Cup
Price: $15 for a 2/pack
Company Info: The company doesn’t seem to have a website.
My Experience: The cup is soft and flexible. There are different ways to fold the cup for insertion. This option did take a few tries to get it comfortably in place. I recommend trying it for the first time on a heavier day. I really appreciate that once I got the hang of using the cup that I only had to worry about changing it once a day. The leakage was minimal. I also really like that one cup can be used up to 15 years.
If thinking of trying cups I found the website: Put A Cup In It to be very helpful. They have a test that you can take to help choose which brand might work best for you.
Brand: Blushing Bluebird Pads
Price: $150.99 for 2 petite, 4 classic, 1 super day and 1 super night.
Company Info: Company was created by Amie, Leah and Danielle. They wanted to create a re-useable product that would save women money, encourage environmental awareness, promote awareness about women’s health issues and keep plastic out of landfills.
- Absorbs 10x weight in less than 2 seconds
- Waterproof barrier adds extra protection
- Thin streamlined design with wings that snap into place
- Made from soft, breathable organic cotton fabrics
- No lead, phthalates, BPA, fragrances or pesticides
- Simple to wash and reuse
- Cost effective for long term use
- Variety of lengths and absorbency levels
My Experience: I really was not sure what to think about this option. My two biggest concerns were mess and comfort. They are similar size of a store bought pad so leakage wasn’t a concern. They were easy to click into my underwear. Once clicked in I slept and had no issues with it coming in-done. Once the initial feeling of wearing them went away, the fabric felt as if it was just underwear. The pad was very absorbent. Clean up was easy, I just tossed in with my regular laundry. It came with a bag for easy storage between uses. I did appreciate that it was a waste free option
DISPOSABLE ORGANIC PADS
Brand: Lilli Pads
Price: $10.49 US
Company Info: Elaine fell ill from using a pad which really empowered her to want to create a healthier alternative. Lilli Pads have given us a promo code to use: 15Love will get you a 15% off a one-time purchase until January 31, 2019.
- Certified organic cotton
- No preservatives
- No chlorine bleaching
My Experience: One of the first things I noticed was that it didn’t have an odor which I find some store bought options do. They are slightly thinner than average pad but I found the fit of them to be a bit larger which was beneficial to avoid leakage. They were very absorbent and comfortable. I liked that I was able to provide my daughter with a safer option.