The ultimate guide to choosing the right period product

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Are you still struggling to find that elusive holy grail of period products? Do you daydream about a futuristic tampon that adjusts its absorbency to your flow from day one of your cycle until the last smidge of blood leaves your body and you can forget about periods until next time? Us too, frankly.

We know there are some people out there who buy a medium box of regular tampons once a month and don’t think twice about it. We also know people who converted to a menstrual cup a few years ago, found it worked like a dream every time, and have never looked back. But chances are if that’s you, you’re not reading this article, so let’s focus on the rest of us for a moment.

Our flow changes from day to day and period to period. One product isn’t going to tick every box

After many years spent developing the Tampliner and learning about what products people use and when, we’ve gathered a fair bit of intel on how our fellow menstruators like to… well… soak up their blood. The grand conclusion? It’s no surprise: all women are not the same. People with periods vary massively in our wants and needs, and lifestyle dictates what works best as much as body shape and personal preference. Not only that, but our flow changes from day to day and period to period. It’s likely that one product isn’t going to tick every single box, 100% of the time.

Two interesting things we have found across the board, though: first, a lot of people are still plugging faithfully away with whatever brand their mum introduced them to aged 12. And second, many of us use more than one kind of product during our periods. Whatever your situation, you’ve probably felt some degree of confusion or dissatisfaction with your femcare at least once in your menstruating life.

On the plus side, times are moving on and new choices of product have started to pop up (ours included). We thought it would be useful to create a comprehensive list of all the options currently on the market and share with you our findings on which works best, for who, and when.

If your period products leave you feeling a bit uncomfortable or if you keep forgetting to stock up on spares, it’s definitely time for a change

Don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you to curate a capsule wardrobe of period products, not least because that sounds like something a terrible 90s women’s mag might suggest. But whatever your situation, we do recommend having a think about what you’re using so you can figure out whether it’s working as well as it could be for you. And if you leak more often than you’d like, if your period products leave you feeling a bit uncomfortable (pads that chafe or suspicious monthly thrush), or if you keep forgetting to stock up on spares, it’s definitely time for a change.

So, over the next five weeks we’ll be bringing you our ultimate guide to picking the best products for every stage of your period, taking into account budget and lifestyle as well as flow. If you want a reminder when the next piece goes up, follow us on Instagram and turn on post notifications, or sign up to our newsletter down at the bottom right of this page – we’ll email you the whole series in the new year.

This is the first in a five-part guide to choosing period products that really work for you. Read the second part here.
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