Periods. God certainly gave our bodies unique abilities but, unfortunately, that means we have to bleed every month. Sure, there are other ways to deal with it. There are various methods of birth control that will stop periods altogether. The problem with that is our periods are a natural process. Stopping them actually stops our natural hormones which can wreak havoc on our bodies. In a sense, it is necessary for us to bleed each month to keep our bodies operating optimally. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be so bad. We don’t have to experience debilitating cramps, PMS, and overall pain. One of the best ways to help your body with this is by using organic period products.
Contrary to what a lot of people believe, organic does mean something. It means different ingredients were used. There are standards that have to be met to be qualified as organic. A lot of the non-organic period products actually contain bleach. When I was younger I couldn’t figure out why the black panties that I wore during period week would get red/brown marks on them permanently. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that fluids had caused the string to get wet and that was bleaching my panties. It’s sickening to realize that something that can change the color of clothes was something that I put in my body.
Organic Cotton Pads & Tampons
Organic cotton pads & tampons contain no bleach! They are just what they claim to be, organic cotton. This means that the cotton is grown using organic standards and there are no chemicals used during the growth period.
There are actually several organic tampon brands out there now. When I first made the switch I think there was like one. I’ve even been able to find them at our local dollar stores! They come in both cardboard and plastic applicators so you can choose what you prefer. As with any other tampon, they also come in different absorbancy sizes as well. There are even mixed boxes with multiple sizes too. Basically, whatever you can get in the toxin filled tampons you can find in an organic version.
My personal favorite is the Rael version I purchased from amazon. They have a great price point and absorbancy. I’ve also used the L brand and Cora as well. Both of these are great options and I still buy them, too. To be fair, I don’t wear pads so I can’t speak to which ones are the best here.
There is an embarrassing story coming, prepare yourselves.
Menstrual cups are all the new rage it seems like. I was even able to order one for free I just had to pay shipping. There are tons of different brands, colors, shapes, and sizes. In my opinion, that is what makes them the most intimidating and hard to use organic period products. A lot of people I know have had to go through a few of them to find one that they like. I also fall into that category.
The first cup that I used was just fine, at first. Then, one frightful night, it got stuck. I mean stuck up there. At first it was no big deal. I figured this was just something that happened and it would somehow work its way back down. Surely if it got full enough it would just start to slide out, right? Wrong. I tried. I tried and tried and tried. It was still very stuck. After searching the internet I found out that this is actually a very common thing. If the cup isn’t the right one for you it can slid up and get stuck on your cervix! How terrifying. I broke down and almost had to force my husband to go on a recon mission. Finally after digging, sweating, and facing death in the eye- I was able to pry it loose and get it out.
If you are willing to risk it, menstrual cups do get a lot of positive reviews. I’ve even used mine since then and it has not gotten stuck. I’m not going to recommend brands because, as I mentioned, it is very dependent on your body. It varies based on if you’ve had kids or not. The heaviness of your flow will also impact which cup you want to use. Some of the popular ones that I know of are the Flex, Saalt, Diva, and Pixie cups. A lot of them will have quizzes on their website so that you can find the right one for your body.
This is something I never saw myself liking and now I’m all about it. The world of menstrual cycles is finally starting to evolve and it’s a beautiful thing, folks. There are now several different brands of period underwear. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. That’s right, you don’t have to wear black for your period. Of course, if you are like me you still will wear black.
The best organic brand, from my perspective, is the Bambody. These were introduced to me from an Instagram friend and I’ve been thrilled with them. During my heavier days I have to use two methods but these are so perfect for lighter days. I usually have 1-2 heavy days and the rest aren’t really heavy enough for any tampons or cups. Enter, period underwear! Plus they have some simply styles which I really like.
Homemade Cloth Pads
There are a couple big benefits to these. The first is that you can make them yourself! If you are crafty or good at sewing they are pretty easy to make. Plus you can pick organic fabrics and in whatever patterns you want!
The second big benefit is that they are reusable. These are machine washable which means they can be used for many cycles. If you didn’t know, hydrogen peroxide will remove blood from fabrics too so you can keep them in fairly good condition. If you are looking for something that is good for your body and helps eliminate waste these are a perfect option.
Plus, you can buy them on Etsy too if you aren’t big into sewing.
There are so many testimonies of people who have improved their periods just by switching the products that they use. These are my favorite, tried and true organic period products. Which ones do you love?