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Menstrual Products: Tampons, Pads, Cups, and More!

Periods can be hard to navigate, especially when you’re new to the ever-expanding world of menstrual products! Figuring out what works for you can be a long and tedious process. There are a lot of factors that go into finding what you feel is the best fit for you, including things like physical comfort, cost, availability, and environmental impacts. The sections below break down some of the basics, or you can see them all in one place on this handy table:Jump ahead to:

TAMPONS

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What is it?

How much does it cost?

Is it reusable?

How long does it last?

How do I use it?

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How do I choose the right kind?

PADS

What is it?

How much does it cost?

Is it reusable?

How long does it last?

How do I use it?

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How do I choose the right kind?

MENSTRUAL CUPS

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What is it?

How much does it cost?

Is it reusable?

How long does it last?

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How do I use it?

How do I choose the right kind?

MENSTRUAL DISCS

What is it?

How much does it cost?

Is it reusable?

How long does it last?

How do I use it?

How do I choose the right kind?

PERIOD UNDERWEAR

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What is it?

How much does it cost?

Is it reusable?

How long does it last?

How do I use it?

How do I choose the right kind?

Notes:

Resources:

Please Note: Most resources about periods and period products use very gendered language. 

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*We know that these aren’t the words everyone uses for their bodies (eg. trans folks), and support you using the language that feels best for you