Reusable Period Products
We are your resource. Our job is to make sure you know where to find and how to use reusable period products. The more you know, the more you use.
WHAT ARE MENSTRUAL CUPS?
- Menstrual cups are a type of period product worn inside the vagina directly below the cervix to catch menstrual fluid.
- Cups are typically made of medical-grade silicone (same material used in plastic surgery), can last up to 10 years and cost between $20-40.
HOW DO I USE A MENSTRUAL CUP?
- Pinch the menstrual cup so that the opening is folded shut and insert manually.
- The cup will open, and little holes on the rim create suction so the cup stays in place and does not leak.
- Cups only need to be emptied as needed and can stay in place for up to 12 hours, but you’ll want to get to know your personal flow for best results.
HOW DO I CLEAN A MENSTRUAL CUP?
- Make sure your hands are clean.
- Wash with mild soap and warm water and reinsert for the duration of your cycle.
- If you are in a public restroom, you can just empty the cup and reinsert, or bring a bottle of water/wipes to rinse the cup.
- After your cycle is over, store your cup in the little cloth carrying bag it comes with. NEVER store in plastic. Check your cup’s care instructions for further information.
MENSTRUAL CUP FAQS
- Can a menstrual cup get stuck inside of me?
Vaginal muscles expand and contract and the cervix moves up and down, but it’s not possible that a menstrual cup will get stuck inside you. Bear down with your muscles if you are having issues pulling or grabbing the stem to remove it.
- Is it messy to use a menstrual cup?
New menstrual cup wearers may have to get used to inserting, removing and cleaning the cup regularly. It may take some practice to use a cup mess-free.
- Will a menstrual cup cause me any pain or discomfort?
When a menstrual cup is purchased in the correct size and inserted properly, it should not cause any pain or discomfort. You should not even notice that it’s there.
- Can I wear a menstrual cup while I sleep?
Yes. You can rely on a menstrual cup to be worn during a full night’s sleep. However, if you have a very heavy flow, you might want to back it up with a pair of period underwear.
- What should I do if I’m having issues with my menstrual cup not working properly?
If you find that the menstrual cup is leaking or falling out of you, you should check to make sure that you have it inserted correctly. Also check to make sure the cup is not damaged or flawed. You can contact the cup’s maker, and may need to consider a different size.
RESOURCES AND DOWNLOADS
WHAT ARE REUSABLE PADS?
- Reusable period pads are usually made from cotton cloth and come in the same choices of shape, size, and absorbency as disposable pads.
- Some have a bottom layer made from Polyurethane Laminate (PUL), a breathable and waterproof fabric.
HOW DO I USE A REUSABLE PAD?
- Attach reusable pads to your underwear using the snaps on the wings.
- You can use reusable pads the same way you use disposables: change them several times a day depending on the pad’s absorbency and the heaviness of your flow.
- When the pad is dirty, fold it up!
HOW DO I CLEAN A REUSABLE PAD?
- Soon after using a pad, you should soak it in cold water to prevent staining.
- Unlike disposable pads, reusable cloth pads can be washed and used again, just like regular underwear.
- Reusable pads can be cleaned by hand or in the washing machine, tossed in the dryer or air-dried.
- Avoid bleach or harmful chemicals when washing your pads.
- Store them folded or lying flat, but keep them out of plastic bags to prevent bacteria growth.
RESOURCES AND DOWNLOADS
WHAT ARE PERIOD UNDERWEAR?
- Period underwear look just like regular underwear: they come in a wide range of styles and sizes, from bikini to boyshort.
- The material is embedded with technology that absorbs liquid, wicks away moisture, traps odors and prevents leaks.
- They afford a greater sense of security, so you can move freely without worrying about a pad or tampon moving out of place.
HOW DO I USE PERIOD UNDERWEAR?
- You can adapt your period underwear use to fit your cycle. Those who have a heavier flow might use them as a back up in addition to a menstrual cup or tampon.
- For lighter days and lighter cycles, period underwear can also be used on their own; they hold up to two tampons worth of liquid.
HOW DO I CLEAN PERIOD UNDERWEAR?
- Period underwear are washable and reusable. Like reusable pads, it helps to soak or rinse soon after using to prevent stains.
- You can wash them with the rest of your laundry in cold water. Do not use fabric softeners on period underwear.
- Hang to dry and use again!