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Women's Sanitary Products: All You Need To Know
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Women's Sanitary Products: All You Need To Know

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There's two basic sorts of period products. These include internal and external protection. Outer protection such as sanitary towels and liners that you attach to the crotch of your underwear to absorb the menstrual flow as it leaves the body, and inner protection as you feel it less and it's easier to use when playing sport. Tampons are the most common sort of inner protection, though you should be aware that there are other many other options available as well!

Non-chlorine bleached all-cotton pads and tampons 

You can find these at many of the natural food stores, a few of the bigger supermarket chains, aswell as online. They are just a little bit more pricey than regular tampons and pads. Since they're disposable, they're not as environmentally-friendly as certain reusable products, but they aren't made using harmful chemicals. Nevertheless, even 100% natural cotton can obtain pesticides, therefore, if you want to feel certain that the product you're buying doesn't have chemicals, make sure you select a brand with natural cotton.

Reusable period panties (Thinx)

Reusable perios panties (Thinx), are one of the latest menstrual products available on the market. With the crotch being four layers thick it is highly absorbing. Young women and girls can wear this sort of underwear with or without a tampon. Whilst the price of the underwear is sky high, beginning at £24 for thongs and £38 for high waist, they are environmentally-friendly, reusable and washable. The customers that purchase this product state that they are "thin but very absorbent and comfortable to wear, don't stain, and absorb normal menstrual flow all day." 

Sea sponge tampons

These tampons are a natural alternative to the synthetic tampons that come in varying sizes in order to take in different amounts of the menstrual flow. Roughly, they're between $12-20 dollars (for a pack of 2). Unlike the sort of sponges that you may purchase in a grocery store to wash your dishes, sea sponges are taken from the floor of the ocean and do not have any synthetic materials in them. Prior to using a sea sponge tampon, you’ll need to dampen it, squeeze it tightly in your hand, and finally, softly insert it into your vagina. When dry, the sponge is surprisingly hard, though when it is dampened it softens up straight away. When in place, the sea sponge works like a tampon to take in menstrual flow.

Reusable Menstrual Cups

Another great alternative to tampons are menstrual cups. The Keeper®, The Keeper Mooncup®, The DivaCup, Intimina Lily cup and one disposable cup (Instead Softcup) are examples of different sorts of menstrual cups. A lot of menstrual cups are created from medical or rubber grade silicone that makes the cup easy to fold so that it can be inserted into the vagina to “catch” menstrual blood instead of absorb it. 

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