Just a quick reminder that not all period products are disposable. We already looked at period products in some detail here.
When we talk about periods in schools, most people seem to know about tampons and sanitary pads. Menstral or ‘moon’ cups however, seem to be a little less well know about and to cause alarm. Made from a soft rubber-like material, they can be squigged a little to fit in to the vagina, where they they retain their shape and stay in place in the vagina. There it collects blood. It can be emptied, washed and reused. They can also be sterilised in between uses – the one I use recommends either boiling it or using baby bottle steriliser in between cycles.
Several companies have started making moon cups. Most are a basic ‘cup’ design but come in different sizes. oftentimes the little ‘pull’ at the bottom of the cup to help remove them is a slightly different shape too.
Washable pads are a bit more conceptually easier to get your head around! Just like disposable sanitary pads, they can be washed after each use.
Or of course, there’s…
‘Freebleeding’ means not trying to stop the blood flowing in any way. For now, accounts of free bleeding seem largely restricted to those making a political statement or investigative journalists… but maybe that’s something that will change in the future!