When Mother Nature comes a-knocking, no matter how prepared you are, it still sucks. You鈥檙e uncomfortable, bloated and constantly in fear of your leaking nightmares becoming reality. But this isn鈥檛 the early 鈥90s. There are plenty of ways besides pads and tampons to rock your period with confidence and comfort.

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1.聽Thinx Underwear: Whether you wear them as backups or a substitution for your regular period gear, these smart panties are good for so many reasons. They absorb liquid, they鈥檙e stain resistant and they鈥檙e built to prevent leaks. Also, they鈥檙e saving the world. In one woman鈥檚 lifetime, she throws away 17K pads and tampons, which end up in landfills. GROSS. These undies spare the landfills and your monthly tampon run. And it gets even better鈥

With their one-for-one model, every pair of undies you buy from Thinx, they send seven reusable Afripads to a woman in need. Many women start missing school when they get their periods, because they don鈥檛 have the proper sanitation needs. This can get young women back in school. You can also try Leak Free panties, which gives one pair to a woman in need for every pair you buy.

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2.聽Dear Kate: For all your yoga clothes and underthings, Dear Kate is THE BOMB. Unlike Thinx, Dear Kate鈥檚 panties aren鈥檛 meant to replace your period gear. They just give you that extra bit of backup that we all need once a month.

Dear Kate鈥檚 panties have two degrees of lining coverage: either just the crotch region or the whole shebang. The lining holds more than a pantyliner so it鈥檚 an ideal partner in crime for workouts. They specialize in creating adorable undies for ladies of all sizes that are comfortable, sexy鈥 none of them fall in the 鈥済ranny鈥 category. We鈥檒l take a million pairs. K? Thanks.

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3.聽Lily Cup: If you鈥檝e been thinking of ditching pads and tampons for a cup but you still have some doubts, let us clear things up for you. Not only do pads and tampons create waste, but they cost you some major bucks over time. And unless you鈥檙e buying all-natural tampons, those things can be filled with rayon, bleached cotton and even pesticide residue; all stuff that can mess with your hormones and make your period worse than it has to be.

While normal menstrual cups are awesome because they can stay in for 10 hours without the need for changing, they can be less than discreet to carry around. The collapsable Lily Cup was funded on Kickstarter to the tune of over $300K, so we鈥檙e not the only ones who think it鈥檚 awesome. It folds down to the size of a compact and is made with thin but durable silicone, making it comfortable and easy to take anywhere.

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4. Treat Yo鈥檚elf: Whether you go for Le Parcel鈥檚 monthly box of gear, goodies and gifts or The Period Store鈥檚 must-have therapeutic options like soothing candles and oils, getting a monthly surprise you actually want is kind of rad. While the subscription boxes won鈥檛 stop bloating, they will distract you from the bloating by giving you everything you need to fight back.

Know of any other modern menstruation聽must haves? Pad out the options in the comments below.