There are personal healthcare issues we talk about in public — and those we don’t. Sadly, it seems the stuff that doesn’t make for appropriate dinner conversation too often gets left out of important health conversations entirely.
There are a lot of theories about why modern menstrual health solutions have been slow in coming but, whatever the case, we’re excited to share that mindful guidance, solutions and exciting new brands are being pitched to us like never before — and we couldn’t be more for it.
As a mostly female team, we’ve taken special note of the boom in new products and services designed to make managing our monthly cycles easier and more sustainable. From period coaching to undergarments designed to replace pads and tampons, here are the biggest breakthroughs we’ve tried yet…
10 Products Changing The Way Women Deal With Their Periods
Thinx undergarments | This is the kind of technology we imagine may have already been a part of Wonder Woman’s suit and we just didn’t realize. Thinx briefs are designed with “period-proof” technology — absorbent enough to skip tampons and pads altogether. We’ve tried them and can attest that the hype is real, but not one size fits all. Teens and moms of teens take note: there may be no better solution for the era that surrounds a first period.
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Organic feminine care products | Why do organic tampons matter? You’re careful about what you put on your skin and what you eat, but what about what you put in the most sensitive area of your body?
Feminine care brands aren’t required to disclose exactly what’s in their products. According to studies, most pads, tampons and feminine hygiene products are made using artificial fragrance, fibers, polyester, rayon, dyes and bleaches, not to mention the additional chemicals involved in the manufacturing or cotton-growing process — one of which is glyphosate, a common and highly controversial chemical used on crops like cotton. LEARN MORE
Non-disposable Menstrual Cups | Tampons and pads can create a huge amount of waste over time. If you’re looking for a more sustainable, eco-friendly solution try a menstrual cup. The concept might seem intimidating at first, but we swear it’s not as cringe-worthy as you might think. The concept is also making waves in third world countries, where the affordability of feminine care products can be a huge issue. A one-time purchase product like a menstrual cup can make the difference between a young girl getting an education — or not. CHECK OUT
tampon subscriptions | Entire television episodes have been written around men shopping for period products for their wives or girlfriends. In every sense, it’s the worst errand — no matter who is shopping. A whole market of brands has popped up in the last few years offering organic feminine care subscriptions that deliver monthly at home. How this hasn’t been a thing for decades we’ll never understand.
One of our favorite brands, Cora provides a well-designed suite of products that arrive through subscription delivery service and includes leather accessories and chic packaging to take the whole experience to the next level. As with many of their competitors, Cora also includes a giving-back component to young girl’s in third world nations. CHECK OUT
Period Tracking apps | What if you could better predict when you’ll be feeling social, introverted, productive or emotionally depleted all based on your monthly hormonal cycle? Learning about how your hormones shift throughout the month is like obtaining a cheat sheet for all our most subtle (yet significant) needs. There are four phases to your monthly cycle, and there is so much to learn about yourself in each stage. Tracking your period with an app like our fave, My Flo, is like having a cheat sheet that can help you use your cycle to connect more deeply to your mind and body. LEARN MORE
Period Coaching | Learning about our cycles is about far more than just deciding which non-toxic tampon to buy. We’re grateful for pros like Erica Chidi Cohen who are working to shed light on an area of well-being far too few of us feel equipped to master. Doula, educator, author, and co-founder of LA’s LOOM, a center for reproductive empowerment, Erica Chidi Cohen possesses a deeply nurturing spirit and a decade of experience working with women from all walks of life. Her deep understanding of our bodies’ inner workings and use of modern, straightforward tools have helped so many women experience a more empowered approach to their reproductive health. LEARN MORE
Heated body patches | Got cramps? We’ve got you covered. These easy-to-use heating patches adhere to underwear to soothe menstrual cramps and provide comfort for up to 6 hours at a time. They heat up instantly and are infused with herbal ingredients proven to be effective in soothing abdominal discomfort, reduce swelling and bloating, and improve mood and energy. CHECK OUT
CBD roll-ons + tinctures | CBD has an amazing ability to reduce inflammation, dull pain and help your body feel its best, naturally. Instead of grabbing a bottle of painkillers to help ease PMS pains, reach for some CBD instead. CBD balms and oils are great for a quick fix. If you’re looking to dive a little deeper, try a CBD suppository. Weirded out? We get it. Using suppositories can be a cringe-worthy concept for the uninitiated, but so highly efficacious that they shouldn’t be neglected as a solution for pain — learn about it. CHECK OUT
Your Dosha cycle | In the philosophy of Ayurveda, each person has a specific mind-body type called a dosha, and knowing yours can help you determine what you need to balance. According to ayurveda, our menstruations are sacred cycles that tell us a lot about our internal health. In fact, we can tell which dosha is out of balance just by observing our periods. Take this quick quiz to discover your period’s dosha and how you can personalize your approach for a better period. LEARN MORE
Yoga For Cramps | Mother Nature’s monthly visit can also bring about those not-so-fun aches and pains. While reaching for chocolate or OTC meds to combat cramps may seem to be the best course of action, put the pills and sweets aside and instead ease the pain with gentle yoga for cramps. Not only will the poses support achy quads and thighs, open the hips and relieve the body of menstrual discomfort, they’ll also calm the mind and open the heart. LEARN MORE
What are your favorite solutions for a better period? Discuss the best period products and practices over on our private Facebook group, The Chat.