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Empowering Women

By Amanda Sears & Keela Mcbride PERIOD MANAGEMENT For those who menstruate, whatever 'sex/gender' you identify with, it doesn't matter - you bleed monthly or every so often and you are amazing and you deserve the right menstruation management for your individual needs. Let's look at what options are available... Period Products Whether you use disposable or reusable options to manage your menstruation there are plenty of products available to suit your requirements. Disposable These are great if you need something quick and on the go or if you don't have access to hygienic and clean water facilities for reusables. There are a huge range of pads and tampons out there and choosing the right one for you comes down to preference, needs and personal comfort: wings, no wings, applicator, flow, liner, ultrathin, organic, sleep, maternity, etc. Try to dispose of these in the most sustainable way and follow the instructions for use. Reusable There are a number of great reusable period products on the market now such as: menstrual cups, cloth pads and period underwear. It is important to take into consideration your budget, lifestyle and your preference of either internal or external period products. With your reusable menstrual products you have the upfront and higher cost outlay, however this cost pays for itself within 2-6 months. Period underwear are a higher cost and you will need approx. 6 pairs depending on your flow and length of your cycle. 6 pairs will cost from $102 to approximately $240 and have a life span of approx. 2-2.5 years depending on the brand. Menstrual cloth pads again depending on your flow and length of your cycle you will need anywhere from 8 pads upwards. We usually recom52

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mend a set of 1 x night time, 2 x heavy, 4 x moderate and 4 x light pads. Depending on the brand you are looking at approximately $100 upwards for a starter set of pads for full time use which will last from 3 years upwards (I have customers which have had theirs for 9 years now). Menstrual cups have come down in price over the years. A good quality cup will start at around $20 to $65. I do caution you to be weary as there is a lot of food grade silicon cups on the market; it is important to make sure you buy from a reputable source and buy a cup that is medical grade silicon or TPE. The cheaper cups are often soft and are harder to open out, often causing leaks and a not good experience for the user. When used correctly reusable period products offer a hygienic option to disposables. Always thoroughly wash your hands before inserting and removing menstrual cups and ensure thorough washing in between use and sterilizing regularly. For more information about products, use, cleaning, etc visit The Menstrual Movement website: www.themenstrualmovement.co.nz Make Your Own Reusable Pad You can easily find information and pad patterns online and get inspired to make your own reusable options. These could even become almost a fashion statement with the choices of material available! (Even though you are likely to be the only person who sees them!) The Menstrual Movement is planning on having some downloadable patterns available on their website (here) later in 2020, but in the mean time have a look online and start getting creative! The options are endless! Help to Reduce Period Poverty - Talk about periods openly and freely - Get educated and help educate others - Fund or donate to charitable groups who help this cause in your country or around the world - Get empowered with your own cycle - Hold no judgement for how other people manage their flow as individual needs vary

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