“Why?” you ask. Isn’t that messy and gross? Honestly, I though it would be in the beginning, but there are so many great benefits from using them that you will soon get over the squeamish factor (and possibly even look forward to your period and think your menstrual blood is cool!).
Why reusable menstrual products rock
The first time I bought them I was a nervous young gal of 20 who had no idea what she was doing. My best friend had told me about reusable menstrual products and I thought I would give it a try and see what it was like. I was happy that the brand I bought had a return policy so I knew I could take it back if I didn’t like it.
Well guess what?! I loved it and I’ve been telling every woman in my life ever since that she should try reusable menstrual products! The options available are washable cloth pads, underwear with built-in cloth pads, and menstrual cups.
Not only are they good for the environment (think of all that garbage you won’t be making!), they are good for your pocketbook (don’t have to buy pads and tampons any more!), and good for your vagina (they don’t dry you out and are far less likely to cause infections, plus they’re not full of toxic chemicals like in other menstrual products!).
What your period tells you about your health
Another great benefit is that they can help you improve your health and relationship with your body. What do I mean by that? One awesome effect of using reusable menstrual products is they help you get more in tune with your period and menstruation. Instead of just waiting for your period to be over, you’ll naturally start to observe and see what it really looks like, and you will learn so much about your overall health and hormone balance!
Here are some things you can look for in your period to understand more about your overall hormonal balance and health:
- Colour (Is it light red, deep red, dark brown? Too light or too dark are potential sign of hormonal imbalance)
- Flow (Is it heavy then lighter? Light all the time? Spotting beforehand? Starting and stopping? How often do you have to change your pad or cup? Spotting, too heavy or too light, and starting and stopping are signs of hormonal imbalance)
- Cramping (Periods should not hurt. I repeat: periods should not hurt!! Yes, it’s very common, but it’s a sign of a hormonal imbalance that can be corrected)
We all want to be healthy, and the information you can get by looking closely at your period can tell you so much about your overall health — something most women have no idea about.
I am so happy to have recently become an Ambassador for Lunapads! They are a company I’ve been following for a long time and they do amazing work! Not only do they help women improve their periods through making and selling reusable pads and panties, they also donate them to local low-income women, and have a program that helps girls in Uganda! I would never support a company I didn’t believe in, and I absolutely believe in Lunapads and their mission “to create more positive and informed relationships between menstruators, their bodies, and the Earth”. If you’re thinking of trying out reusable menstrual products check out my Ambassador information where you can get a discount code for any purchase you make from their store!