I must have just turned nine when an older friend and I were flipping through a magazine. As a shiny new seventh grader still learning how to fend off Mean Girls, my friend began studying all of the teen magazines at our public library. Sometimes I joined her. That day, we were gushing over body glitter and platform sneakers until she turned to a strange ad. “What are those?” I asked, pointing at the picture of a puffy pink pillow and a pink stick. “Uh . . . ask your mom,” she said and quickly turned the page. No matter how much I pressed, nada.
I asked my mother about the ad later that night. As she yanked a
brush through my curly mane, I learned about the magic and mayhem of
menstruation. I was both intrigued and horrified. Two years later, my
first period came and, like many women, I've been trying to outsmart
my cramps, headaches, mood swings, bloating, fatigue, and breakouts
about what menstrual products will change your period forever? While
there's a stampede for Diva Cups
these days, here are eight other things to try:
Holland & Barrett Starflower Oil Capsules
It seems like every folk
tradition recommends a different leaf or plant oil to relieve
menstrual cramps. Borage, or starflower, oil is yet another. But
taking a spoonful of oil can get messy; capsules are much more
convenient (and precise). Test out a bottle of Holland & Barrett
Starflower Oil Capsules. The formula's free of artificial colors,
flavors, and preservatives.
Yogi Woman's Moon Cycle Tea
Tea in general has always been one of my period go-tos, but a tea specially blended to soothe menstrual discomfort is extra appealing. Yogi Woman's Moon Cycle Tea contains dong quai, chaste tree berry, and raspberry leaf — all of which historically have been used in folk medicine to regulate menstrual flow and cramps. Plus, there's chamomile for that soothing smell.
Sunbeam Heating Pads
If you're like me, your period means immobilizing cramp pain. Sunbeam Heating Pads can help manage that. Bonuses: They heat up quickly, come in rich colors that don't stain easily, and are available in tons of models at different price points. There's even one you can tie around your waist! You probably don't want to wear it out, but it's a nice option to have if you have to knock out chores around the house.
Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil
Breakouts are like the rotten cherry on top
of every period, but Desert Essence Australian Tea Tree Oil helps clear skin with only a
couple of drops. Get your money's worth by also using it as a
toothbrush cleaner, mold and stain remover, laundry freshener,
household cleaner, mani/pedi treatment, and form of pest control.
Did you try the Diva Cup but maybe want to compare other menstrual
cups? While the different versions share many similarities, Lunette comes in
multiple colors (instead of just clear) and has more of a bell shape,
which some women find more comfortable and leak-resistant. The stem
also is longer than the Diva Cup's, which makes it easier for women
with a higher cervix to remove.
Stop feeling guilty about your monthly landfill contribution and try
out an all-natural cotton pad. Reusable cloth pads are good for the
environment and apparently your body, too. GladRags carries day pads,
night pads, pantyliners, and more. You can customize the pad
absorbency, color, and design for comfort and pizazz.
Thinx are moisture-wicking period panties that look and feel like
regular panties but are absorbent, leak-resistant, and
anti-microbial. And no, they're not diapers. They can replace
pantyliners and, depending on your flow, also replace tampons,
napkins, and menstrual cups. Wear white pants without a care and feel
totally dry even if you've had a little spill.
Honest Company Organic Cotton Thong Liners
Are you a thong lover? Then
you'll be happy to know you can still rock your teeny panties when
Aunt Flo comes to visit. These Honest Company super-thin thong liners are flexible,
secure, and hypoallergenic. Plus, they're made from cotton certified
organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Sexy and