6 New Products That Will Help Make Your Periods Less Painful
It’s 2019, which means it’s about time that periods finally get the KonMari treatment. (Not that we need to tell you, but painful, messy periods definitely don’t spark joy.) We’ve rounded up the latest in period tech and supplements you need to make over your menstruation and go for a greener, cleaner, easier cycle.
Candy that helps with cramps? We’re sold. Packed with vitamin B6, chaste berry, and dong quai, these gummies contain natural PMS-fighters to help make periods more manageable. And according to the site’s oodles of reviews, they work. Take two daily to help reduce PMS symptoms and cramps before they start.
When you think THINX, you probably imagine their ingenious period panties. But in January, the company released the first FDA-cleared reusable tampon applicator. (Did you know plastic applicators take 500 years to decompose?!) Working with most non-applicator tampons to simplify insertion, the BPA-free device is about the size of a lipstick and cleans right up with soap and water.
If you’re the type to curl up with your Advil bottle the moment your period hits, you may benefit from trying Cloud 9. An essential oil-based roll-on, it’s formulated with clary sage and geranium oils to help curb cramps, soothe nerves, and reduce stress. Apply to your abdomen, wrists, or chest and breathe deeply.
Hailed as the “most comfortable period product on the market,” Flex is a disposable menstrual disc that sits at the base of the cervix and can be worn up to 12 hours. The small, flexible disc can collect the equivalent of five tampons’ worth of menstrual blood. It’s still a disposable product, but using Flex creates up to 60 percent less waste than using pads and tampons, and, bonus: Flex is the only internal period product *not* linked to TSS.
Hear us out: A bidet may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but in fact, it’s a heaven-sent appliance when you’re on your cycle. Tushy works with your existing toilet and uses tap water to rinse and refresh your lady bits — a must for those heavy flow days when you just want to feel squeaky clean.
A huggable heating pad (with eco-friendly buckwheat filling) is just what the doctor ordered. One minute in the microwave, and you’re ready for a lavender-scented snooze session.