Different ways to collect and absorb your menstrual blood

Different ways to collect and absorb your menstrual blood

There are several ways to collect or absorb your menstrual blood. Some products you insert in your vagina, others are placed in the underwear. Here we are going to present some options for collecting or absorbing your menstrual blood, and if you have any contributions to this list you are welcome to send them! Of course you don’t have to collect/absorb your period blood, it’s up to each and everyone to decide if they want to flow freely!

Menstrual cups. Photo: Canva

Menstrual cups. Photo: Canva

Internal collectors
The menstrual cup is a silicone product inserted in the vagina. The name says a lot about the function and appearance of the product: it’s like a small and soft version of a tea cup! Many suppliers claim that you can have them in for up to 12 hours at a time. It is reusable, using years range from 5 to 10 years depending on the supplier and how well you take care of it.

Internal absorbents
tampon is a disposable one-time use period product that absorbs your menstrual blood. It looks like a little plug, and is often contained in thin plastic that you need to remove before use. It is inserted in the vagina and has a string in one end which you use to pull it out. It is recommended to change tampons every 4 to 8 hours, however you should always read the instructions coming from the producer as the instructions can vary from label to label.

Tampons and pads. Photo: Canva

Tampons and pads. Photo: Canva

External absorbents
disposable cotton pad is a product made for one time usage, and often contains a certain amount of plastic to make the absorption more effective. You place it in your under wear, it often has a sticky surface on the underside to make it stick to your underwear. It absorbs your menstrual blood and should be changed every few hours to minimize the risk of infections.

An alternative to cotton pads is pads made of biodegradable materials, like bamboo, or sugar cane. Biodegradable means that nature can take care of the material itself, unlike cotton pads that often contain non-biodegradable plastic. It is used in the same way as a cotton pad.

Washable pads. Photo: Canva

Washable pads. Photo: Canva

washable pad is another alternative, is usually made of fabric and works like a disposable pad. It is placed in the underwear and absorbs the blood, but the washable pad is, as it name suggests, washable and therefore reusable. You change the pad every few hours and wash it like you do with other fabric. If you have a heavy stained pad it may be necessary to pre-wash it with cold water before washing it regularly. You can make your own washable pad.

Period underwear is underwear made to absorb menstrual blood. They often look like regular underwear and can be used instead of other period products or while using a tampon or cup for extra protection. They are reusable since they are washable.

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