This is a rather delicate topic, which is why I hadn’t addressed it until now. To all you men – you may stop reading now… see you tomorrow!
I also had to consult with some friends because I don’t have a lot of experience with natural solutions for feminine hygiene, seeing as I’ve been pregnant for so much of the last few years.
That being said, I’m glad I did ask my friends about this so I could write the post…. turns out there are a lot of natural feminine hygiene solutions that I didn’t know about (and will be ordering for when I need them). These are also the most eco-friendly options out there, and will save money in the long run.
Did you know? Each year, more than 12 BILLION sanitary pads and 7 BILLION tampons are dumped into landfills?
An average woman menstruates for over 40 years, leaving hundreds of pounds of disposable products in landfills. Fortunately, there are some great, organic and green alternatives to toxic, plastic containing disposables now. Most women shell out $5-14 per cycle on disposable products, so these options can save a lot of money!
Without further delay … these are the top recommended feminine products from my naturally minded friends:
The Diva Cup
Sad to say, I did not even know such a thing existed. As you may gather from its name, it is a silicon cup that is inserted vaginally and it takes the place of tampons and pads during your period. There are two sizes, one for pre-childbearing years and one for after you’ve had a child (or two or three…).
Unlike tampons, there is no danger of Toxic Shock Syndrome with the Diva Cup and it is completely re-usable. It can be boiled to sanitize or washed with drinking water. Many women also report that it is much more comfortable, and most only have to change it every 8-12 hours, which is more convenient.
If you’ve ever used one… please let me know what you thought in the comments…
Cloth Menstrual Pads
If a DivaCup is not your thing, there are also a lot of options for cloth menstrual pads. They can be bought individually, in kits, or as thinner panty liners for light days. (all of those are made from organic cotton). They are also much healthier, contain no chemicals and don’t contribute to landfill waste. There are even some fun patterns and colors if you want cute alternatives!
Organic Menstrual Pads
Sea Sponge Tampons
Another great completely natural option is Sea Sponge tampons. They work similarly to a Diva cup and collect flow. When removed, they can be easily rinsed out a re-used. These are the ones I’ve tried.
Natural Pain Relief
Tylenol and other acetaminophen based pain relief options are chemically based and emerging research is finding that they are toxic to your mitochondria (you need those little guys!). Luckily, there are a lot of natural options out that, and you can also address the underlying problem and not just mask the pain.
- Vitex– A fertility aid that also helps ease menstrual cramps by balancing hormones. It is also used by herbalists for increasing fertility, though it should be discontinued when a woman becomes pregnant. When not pregnant, it can be taken daily.
- Red Clover– Another herb that is supportive of menstrual health and function. It has been know to ease endometriosis and PCOS and is helpful for cramps. It should also be discontinued when a woman becomes pregnant. When not pregnant, it can be taken daily.
- Progesterone Cream– A natural progesterone cream is perhaps the best remedy, long-term for many menstrual problems. I’ve had many clients conceive by adding progesterone to their regimen, and it also helps ease cramps. Many menstrual problems can be caused or exacerbated by too much estrogen in the body, and progesterone helps balance it out. If used, it should only be used in the second half of the cycle (ovulation until start of the period) and applied to the skin of fatty areas of the body like the thighs, buttocks, stomach, breasts and upper arms.
- Taking magnesium regularly may also really help ease cramps (and there are a lot of other benefits to taking Magnesium too!)
Do you have any natural tips for dealing with feminine health? Ever used any of the suggestions above? Please let me know below!