The feminine hygiene market is huge. Back in 2016, it was worth 35 billion dollars. That figure has now risen to around 40 billion dollars. Of course, manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads have a captive audience for their products. Most women of childbearing age menstruate monthly, which requires them to purchase feminine hygiene products.
The average woman endures around 500 menstrual cycles in her lifetime, each lasting from five to eight days. However, some women menstruate more often, and for longer. Menstruation cannot be ignored, and even though in some cultures, women are banished to a cold hut outside the village when they menstruate, here in the west, we buy tampons and sanitary towels to mop up the flow of blood.
The problem with tampons and sanitary towels is that they are expensive. Each box of tampons costs a few dollars, which over a lifetime soon adds up. Then there is the environmental impact to consider. Tampons and sanitary towels are, for the most part, non-recyclable. Each tampon you use comes with a huge carbon footprint.
Luckily, there are some eco-friendlier alternatives out there, which will also cost you less over time. Let’s take a look at the best alternatives to tampons and sanitary towels, plus their pros and cons.
Yes, period panties are a thing. No, they not your old, gray panties you wear during your heaviest flow, the ones you don’t much care about.
Period panties are designed to be super absorbent. They are worn in place of a sanitary towel or tampon. There are several types of period panties. Some are for light days or the aftermath of your period when you don’t need heavy absorbency. Others can replace tampons completely, no matter how heavy your menstrual flow is.
You should probably learn more about them and read some period panty reviews as of 2019 (there are many brands available), but here’s a quick overview of how this amazing technology works.
Brands of period panties like THINX use multiple layers of fabric to wick moisture aware from the skin and lock it in to prevent leaks and odors. They claim to hold around three teaspoons of liquid in at any one time, which is enough for most women. Each manufacturer uses a different combination of materials to get the job done, but the great thing about period panties is that they can be washed and reused. They also look like regular underwear, so you don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of a bulky pad or errant tampon string.
If you want sexy underwear that replaces a tampon or pad, period panties do a great job.
Menstrual cups are an alternative to period panties – and just as popular with modern women. Unlike period panties, menstrual cups are used internally. Made from medical-grade latex, menstrual cu