Extra Virgin :: 5 Helpful Products for Women
I was twelve when I first started my period and I remember staring at my reflection in the mirror and thinking, “So this is how I spend one-fourth of the rest of my life?” (Believe me, it was even more dramatic than it sounds.) Needless to say, I got used to it, but there are definitely things that make it easier. Here are some products I love or would love to try ::
At first, the idea of a menstruation cup made me queasy, but I’ve grown to love this other option. It actually feels cleaner, because you rinse it out squeaky clean when you empty it and because you only have to change it 2-3 times a day (even on heavy days!). It’s also made me feel more comfortable with my body and given me a better understanding of my own period. (For example, I used to feel like I bled so much, but I’ve found that there is way less blood than I imagined. It’s made my periods seem more mild and doable.) I don’t use it every month, but like I said, I like having this other option.
European and Native American women have used raspberry leaf for thousands of years for menstrual support, menstrual cramps and during pregnancy as a healthy tonic to help prepare the womb for childbirth. [Women] love this tea for its gently nurturing properties, and its robust taste, which is reminiscent of a delicate and mildly fruity black tea.
I love to sip on this tea throughout the month, knowing that it’s nourishing a part of me that does a lot of work! Plus, it’s super yummy. :)
This new company offers a tampon subscription. Sign up and you get 18 natural cotton tampons in a customizable assortment of light, regular and super tampons. You decide how many boxes you want and how often they’re delivered. I haven’t tried out this service, but it seems refreshing to not have to ever worry if you have enough tampons in the cabinet. Plus, the boxes are pretty and the tampons are chemical, synthetic and dye-free.
Have you heard of period panties? It may sound crazy, but Thinx panties are moisture-wicking, antibacterial, absorbent (they hold up to two tampons’ worth of liquid!) and leak-resistant. I haven’t tried these, either, but hope to soon because I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to never have to wear a pad again! Also, what an economical and environmentally-responsible solution to disposable pads and tampons!
On days when your muscles are cramping and you just don’t feel like yourself, a comforting heating pad can work wonders. I love my own DIY heating pad because it doesn’t have to stay plugged in and I find the weight of it soothing. Also, if you add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix, you’ll triple the therapeutic potential.
What about you? What products do you find helpful when you’re on your period? Any tips for feeling comfortable? Would you ever try period panties????
(Top photo by Tessa Barton)