These 5 natural period products are all non-toxic and eco-friendly. Every woman should know about ’em for healthy, happy periods. Read the list below and let me know if you use any of them!
If you’re like most women, you probably don’t think too much about the menstrual products you use each month. I know for myself, I didn’t learn about all the various options out there until my early twenties, which is when I began making the switch to healthier, cleaner menstrual products.
Most conventional menstrual pads and tampons contain materials and compounds that can be disruptive to our environment and even our skin, hormones and endocrine system:
- Chlorine bleach
Our skin, especially the delicate tissues inside our vagina, absorb what we expose it to. In fact, our vaginal ecosystem is even more sensitive and absorbent than regular skin, and soaking up the many chemicals within conventional pads and tampons is a real thing, my friends. So here’s a list of my favourite non-toxic period products for you to get your hands on!
Non-Toxic Period Products
1. Organic Cotton Pads
I’ve always been a pad girl. I just prefer the simplicity and hassle-free nature of them. I like the brand Natracare which offers all the same types of pads you see with conventional brands: pantyliners, regular, heavy flow, thong style, etc.
The difference between conventional vs. natural pads is they contain organic cotton which means they haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, they don’t contain chlorine bleach, synthetics, or superabsorbants made from petrochemicals. They’re also biodegradable.
2. Organic Cotton Tampons
Although I like pads a lot, I do use tampons sometimes too. Perhaps even more important than non-toxic pads are non-toxic tampons, since those puppies are in direct contact with our super-absorbent-vaginas, and like I mentioned, chemical compounds such as perfumes and bleaches are not what we want to be absorbing.
Again, Natracare is a fave, and their tampons are available in Junior, Regular, Super, and Super Plus, as well as with or without an applicator.
A note on no applicator: for most of my life I always used tampons with applicators until I tried ones without, and I honestly prefer them. I avoided them because I feared my fingers would get all messy without an applicator, and you know what? It’s a tiny bit true, but it’s not that bad and for some reason, I actually find them easier to insert. Plus, there’s less packaging. I highly recommend them!
3. Menstrual Cups
The Diva Cup is a small silicone “cup” that’s inserted into the vagina to capture blood. It contains no latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, pthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, colours or dyes–whew! Menstrual cups are excellent for a few reasons:
- Longer lasting: they last longer than tampons during the day (up to 12 hours)
- Durable: they’re durable and can last many years since they’re reusable
- Non-toxic: silicone is a safe, non-toxic material that is biocompatible, meaning the human body easily accepts it without adverse reaction.
- Easy to clean: they’re easy to sterilize by boiling for 5-10 minutes. You can read more about cleaning instructions here.
- Eco-friendly: You don’t need to buy disposable pads and tampons regularly, making them a better option for the environment and your wallet
There is a learning curve, but they’re really efficient once you get the hang of it. The Diva Cup must be emptied, washed and reinserted at least 2 times a day (twice in a 24 hour period) and can be worn overnight without concern of leaking, as long as it’s inserted correctly.
4. Washable Cloth Pads
I just recently purchased my very first reusable pad. I got the Mini Pad by the company Lunapads and I’m really looking forward to trying it out. Their pads are made of organic cotton and fleece and contain no added chemicals, perfumes, or adhesives. They’re also reusable for up to 5+ years, replacing 120 disposables.
Reusable, washable cloth pads are some of the most environmentally gentle menstrual products. They can be worn for about as long as a single-use pad. Although they require more effort in terms of washing and reusing, I decided to give them a try since I work from home most of the time. If you do choose to wear these while going out for the day, bringing along a suitable container to store a soiled pad to wash later is necessary.
5. Period Panties
Period panties are exactly what you’re thinking: underwear designed to absorb your flow. Although I’ve not used period panties yet, I’m interested in giving them a try and wanted to include them in this list of options as I know a couple people who use the brand Thinx and really like them.
I’ve been told they’re very comfortable and totally leakproof, but can start to smell if worn longer than 8 hours, especially on a heavier day. According to Thinx, their period-proof undies hold up to 2 tampons worth, yet look and feel like regular underwear. Pretty cool, I’d say!
So there you have it! Natural and non-toxic period products for you to try. I’d love to know which of these you use if you already do.