While there’s rarely a reason to actively celebrate getting our period, we’ve come a long way in terms of making Aunt Flow’s visit less of a drag.
Not only does our period give us a great excuse to buy a pint (or two) of ice cream or indulge in a soothing bubble bath, but the feminine care industry has gone above and beyond in the quality and quantity of products for menstruation.
From period relief products like patches and oils to high-tech devices that block pain signals, there is something for every level of discomfort. There are even leak-proof undergarments and apparel so you can feel confident without the worry.
Ahead, are some of the best period products available today.
The Top Period Products to Try This Month
Forget the old school heating pad. The Good Patch is loaded up with 15 mg. of premium help extract and black cohosh (a woodland herb) to help soothe cramps. Place it directly over the point of pain in the lower abdomen region for nearly instant relief.
Made with vitamins like B6 and herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as Dong Quai, these tasty strawberry gummies are specifically formulated to alleviate period cramps, hormonal mood swings, uncomfortable bloating, and even period-related breakouts.
Let’s give it up for Knix, a true pioneer in period-approved panties. The brand has since expanded its leak-proof collection to include casual garments and even exercise apparel. We love the Go with the Flow High Rise Leakproof Legging, a lightweight and breathable pant with just enough compression to flatter and support. And like the OG underwear, the pants absorb up to 3 tsp. of blood, pee, or sweat while hiding odor. If you’re skeptical, we hear you, but we promise it’s legit!
Soothe your cramps on contact with Lola’s essential oil roller ball, which contains 17 pure essential oils including jojoba, geranium, ylang ylang, peppermint, ginger, and others. According to a clinical study, 82 percent of users felt immediate reduction in menstrual cramp pain when using the product. BTW, Lola has an entire fleet of high-quality period products made with natural ingredients, and it even offers subscription boxes.
If you’ve ever felt a twinge of guilt for period-related waste (approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons are discarded each year in the U.S.), this Reusable Tampon Applicator Set will help relieve the burden. It’s exactly what it sounds like: an applicator that you can reuse over and over again. The kit comes with six organic tampons, a tin container, and a cotton travel pouch.
CBD is known for its soothing powers, which makes this invention from British-based Daye absolutely brilliant. The sustainably-made tampons have a CBD coating and are packaged in an infection-reducing protective sleeve. They’re also clinically validated and doctor-recommended, in case you were dubious!
If you’re not much of a tampon person, then perhaps a menstrual disc/cup is for you. In addition to being an eco-friendly option, it’s also a good solution if you’re someone who tends to get infections from tampons or pads. The kit comes with a discreet case and a reusable cup that lasts up to 10 years.
This brand built a following on Instagram, providing informative, inclusive, and unapologetic information, images, and, yes, memes about menstruation. Their organic, sustainable product offerings now include tampons, pads, and liners, and you can build a custom box of all three based on your monthly needs.
These rosewater wipes are a must-have for pre-, mid-, and post-period. It’ll help you feel extra clean during all stages of your cycle, and each wipe comes individually wrapped so you can keep them in your purse to use on the go.
If other remedies like heat and herbs don’t work for you, then you may want to give this high-tech device a try. It sends mild, non-painful electrical pulses through the surface of skin and along your nerve pathways, to essentially distract your brain with the vibrations and block out pain signals. Users say it offers complete and instant relief.
It’s thought that the act of drinking warm tea can help ease abdominal cramps, and this brand takes it a step further with a blend that’s formulated specifically for menstrual discomfort. Formulated with cinnamon, lady’s mantle, and red raspberry leaf, it’s organic and caffeine-free.