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Reducing Plastic - Period Care

This one is really close to my heart.
When I started my journey to reusable period products I documented all the changes I planned to make. I was not sure whether I would have the courage to make the switch to a menstrual cup and/or period underwear. But when my first post went up in July four years ago I received lots of messages from friends who encouraged me to give it a go.⁣
I used tampons since my late teenage years so a menstrual cup sounded like the logical replacement for me. Menstrual cups come in many different shapes and sizes. Have a look My Cup NZ to get some good advice on which one is right for you and your needs.
I have to say since I bought my cup and some period underwear I have never looked back.⁣
I love both of them and using a cup is way easier than it looks. Once you get the hang of it you won’t need to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes to check whether it is not leaking (well I have done that for about a day, so I know what I am talking about).⁣
There are a few options to try when you are trying to reduce your waste when it comes to your period, I encourage you to give them a go.

❤️ Menstrual Cup⁣
❤️ Period Underwear⁣
❤️ Reusable Pads⁣

What you wish to use is a completely personal preference and we are all different, with different needs and bodies.

Menstrual cup
A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period blood.
I empty mine about twice a day (I have a fairly light period) and wear some period underwear as a backup.

Menstrual Underwear
Menstrual underwear can be used as the main item to absorb blood flow or it can be used as a back up in conjunction with a cup. They look like regular underwear, but they're designed to soak up menstrual blood while keeping the fabric close to your skin dry.
They are fantastic for light bladder leakage also! To be honest I was wearing my period underwear (the medium absorbency) most days which helps with light bladder leakage after my son was born. Yay for kids! 😋⁣

Menstrual Pads
Cloth pads/ menstrual pads are easy to transport and fit easily in bags and can be changed more easily than underwear while out and about or at work. They can be treated and washed similar to menstrual underwear too.

If you want lots more information and a good place to start go to My Cup NZ or check out the Facbook group NZ Cloth pads, Cups (and Companions) discussion group

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