We are in the midst of an evolution, or maybe a revolution of period management products. Menstrual cups, like Diva Cup, and leak proof underwear, like Thinx and Dear Kates, present women with a choice of reusable products to deal with a period.
Reusable products prompted two questions for our team. First of all, are women in the US embracing the “ick” factor of washing out a cup and dealing with blood in leak proof underwear in lieu of a panty liner? Secondly, is it time we seriously understood the environmental impact of our disposable habits?
Founder of Girl Uninterrupted, Mayling Kajiya says she loves her menstrual cup. “I love the freedom it gives me, 10-12 hours of protection and no carrying around tampons.” Once you make the initial investment of the cup, the cost savings from not making monthly purchases of pads and tampons is significant.
As for washing out underwear, aren’t we doing it anyway? Nobody gets through a period without at least one episode of leaking…right? Most of us have a set of grungy period underwear, probably consisting of underwear that has already sustained leaking damage! But maybe we need a set of cycle underwear that has great materials and technology to replace a panty liner? Just think of all the pajamas and pant inseams that would also be spared!
From the day of our first period until the day we are fully in menopause, period management is a monthly issue. What do you think about embracing reusables? Are you ready for it as a consumer? Let us know at info@GirlU.com. We’ll look at question #2 in our next post!