Previously, girls and women in the USSR used improvised means. Someone made pads from worn pillowcases and sheets. They, about horror, were even erased. Some cotton wool wrapped in a bandage. It seems to me that such a gasket could fail at any moment. In general, poor women. Now it makes no sense to change normal pads to such a hand-made one. By all characteristics, store pads are more advantageous.
Feminine sanitary pads can be replaced with clean rag pieces of cloth.
Only they will have to be rolled up several times so that nothing leaks and it will look quite voluminous. In this form, you should not go to crowded places. And wear tight things.
You can also use a piece of gauze or bandage to wrap sterile cotton wool in the form of a strip.
These methods are not very convenient, with a gasket, of course, it will be more comfortable and more reliable.
But if it turned out that there is no gasket at the moment, then the above methods will save.
Disposable pads and tampons
If you try to navigate the market of feminine hygiene products, based solely on television advertising and the assortment in pharmacies and supermarkets, the picture will be very clear: during menstruation, a woman can use only disposable pads or tampons. As a rule, it is recommended to change the tampon at least once every 4 hours, and the pad - every time you visit the toilet.
Thus, if a woman’s menstrual cycle is 30 days, the period of blood discharge lasts five days, and she uses a minimum (as recommended) of 4 tampons and 1 nightly laying per day, then in one cycle she will throw out 20 tampons and 5 laying, and over the year - 240 tampons and 60 pads.
In 2011, almost all tampons with plastic applicators disappeared from the shelves of Belarusian stores, which undoubtedly upset women who were used to this type of product and pleased ecologists. Nevertheless, those tampons that are currently on sale cannot be called eco-friendly by any means: at least almost every one of them is wrapped in plastic film (occasionally paper wrappers are found). Individual plastic packaging guarantees the cleanliness of the swab and protects it from external damage. The same explains the presence of individual packaging in most modern gaskets. But nature from this, as they say, is not easier.
Every time the topic of environmental friendliness of feminine hygiene products is raised, skeptics make sarcastic comments like “what do you suggest cheesecloth to twist, like our grandmother did?” No, we do not offer. The fact is that today disposable pads and tampons are already “yesterday”, and they are being replaced by new tools that are sometimes more convenient to use and more environmentally friendly.
Of course, every woman has the right to choose the most convenient means for herself and worry primarily about her own comfort, but news like “In 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans” should help think about “alternative” means. For your own comfort in the long run.
The attitude towards menstrual cups in our society is still wary, but this is rather a natural result of the fact that pads and tampons advertise very actively everywhere and everywhere, and to find out about the existence of menstrual cups, you need to purposefully google.
Just as Uber is called a taxi killer, menstrual cups are killers of the pad and tampon industry. So far they are trying to stop them, but over time they can make a real revolution in the feminine hygiene market.
Firstly, menstrual cups can and should be used many times, and we are not talking about one cup for 2 months, but about one cup for 10 years. Secondly, they need to be emptied much less often than changing pads or tampons (for most women it is quite enough to do this twice a day - morning and evening).
Of course, bowls have their contraindications, but other feminine hygiene products are not ideal. Bowls are not recommended for women with cervical diseases, tampons (albeit very rare) can lead to toxic shock syndrome, and pads can cause skin irritation and severely restrict a woman's movements.
As for ecology, everything is indisputable here: the bowls definitely win in all respects. One bowl can replace more than three thousand gaskets and tampons: instead of a mountain of cotton wool, plastic and cardboard, we throw out one small silicone product and one of its packaging.
Economically, menstrual cups are also absolutely justified: even if you choose the option more expensive than the average and spend $ 20, this waste will pay off very quickly.
This product (at least in the post-Soviet space) is much more in demand among young and very young women than among those who once had to “twist gauze” simply because there were no other options.
Modern hygiene products allow women (in the absence of physical symptoms) not to change their usual way of life during menstruation, and reusable pads can cause a feeling of "returning to the old days": they must be changed as often as disposable ones, but in the bin, unlike the latter, do not throw it away. They also need to be washed, and it is better to do this in cold water separately from the rest of the clothes (that is, with your hands).
In general, this tool can hardly be called very progressive, because in addition to environmental friendliness (which, incidentally, is also in question because of the need to wash reusable pads), there are serious household restrictions.
Nevertheless, if other means irritate your skin or if you are ready to sacrifice personal comfort in order to reduce the amount of “hygienic garbage” - this remedy is quite suitable for you.
This is another substitute for disposable pads and tampons, which, unfortunately, can hardly be called truly practical and suitable for modern active city life.
Menstrual underpants are essentially cowards combined with reusable padding. Manufacturers claim that they solve the problem of the rapid multiplication of bacteria in stagnant blood with the help of an antibacterial layer, which allows you to not change this linen every few hours (what should be done with disposable and reusable pads).
In theory, everything seems to be very good: menstrual pants do not cause allergic reactions, allow the skin to breathe and can be washed in a conventional washing machine at a temperature of 300C. In practice, women often do not risk washing them with other clothes, and running a washing machine for only one pair of underpants is an environmentally questionable decision (washing with hands in cold water is also a so-so pleasure).
Today, women have different ways to survive menstruation the most comfortable and with the least harm to the environment. The main thing is to find the option that is right for you.
How is it different from tampons?
Firstly, silicone is hypoallergenic, which means that even if you have an allergy, you can safely use the bowl and not be afraid of irritations. Secondly, the tray does not absorb liquid, but holds it just like a cup (that's why it was called that).
Thirdly, she has much more capacity (approximately 30 ml versus 18 ml for a swab).
And the bowl is much safer than tampons, because it does not dry the surface of the vagina and cannot cause toxic shock syndrome (a serious condition of the body that can occur if the tampon is not pulled out on time can lead to death in the most acute cases). There is one more difference: mouth guards can be used repeatedly and significantly save money.
How to choose a cap size?
For the first years of use, it is better to take a softer model with the smallest size. Then, when you get comfortable, you can pick up a mouth guard for yourself. Also focus on which type of capture is more suitable for you.
For starters, you can try the classic bowl with a ponytail.
How to use the bowl?
First, be sure to wash your hands and make sure that your bowl is clean. Fold it in half so that the letter U is obtained. Now spread your legs more comfortable, relax and insert it into the vagina in the same way as you insert the swab. The bowl itself will straighten inside.
Life hack: if it is difficult for you to enter the bowl, try moistening it with clean water or a water-based lubricant.
If you don’t feel uncomfortable, you did everything right!
But what if I am with the cup in a public place?
You can simply pour the discharge into the toilet and insert the bowl into place, and wash it at home already. Or enter the booth with a bottle of water and rinse the bowl like that.
Just do not forget to wash your hands before this!
By the way, if you are interested in what we think about advertising gaskets and the topic of menstruation in general, you can read here.