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Here’s a List of Reusable Menstrual Products to Try Amid The Tampon Shortage

Running out of tampons?

Considering the recent shortage of tampons missing from store shelves, we wouldn’t be surprised if you said “yes” for those of us who are menstruating.

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And since it is summer, the scarcity of tampons couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Luckily, there are several alternatives you can consider rather than choosing a tampon, and the best part about these alternatives is that many are reusable, unlike the single-use tampons we’re used to.

Best Reusable Menstrual Products

Starting with the soft silicone cup, this menstrual cup can hold up to four tampons’ worth of blood, thanks to the company saalt.

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Not to mention these menstrual products can be worn up to 12 hours and is made from 100% body-safe medical-grade silicone; plus, you can find the products at your laptop’s disposal online at Amazon.

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And for those who get cramps with cups, there are menstrual discs you can choose from to avoid cramping and similar to the menstrual cups, you can also wear the silicone discs for up to 12 hours.

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The discs, which are made to capture menstrual flow without leakage, you can find the ultra-thin discs made by Lumma in fun tie-dye colors on Amazon.

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Although if you don’t prefer the reusable aspect, there are disposable discs that can be worn longer than tampons, up to 12 hours in fact, and can gather up to five tampons worth of fluid with each menstrual disc.

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Created from non-toxic and BPA-free plastic made by the company Softdisc, you can find the disposable 14 pack menstrual discs online at Amazon.

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Another alternative to tampons is menstrual underwear by Thinx; created in a variety of different designs, colors, and feel, you can choose between the hip-hugger, the cotton boy-shorts, the simple hi-waist, etc.

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Under garments created with built-in leak protection, the purpose of this underwear line is to absorb your period that can hold up to five tampons’ worth of fluid and keep your dry throughout the day.

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There are also reusable menstrual pads out on the market to consider that are also washable and waterproof and can effectively absorb your period.

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Unlike one time use pads or liners at the drugstore, these cloth pads have a range of absorbency levels, lengths, and are packaged in ten; you can find the reusable pads online at Amazon.

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For a more natural approach, there are also sustainably harvested sea sponges that work in the same way as tampons do and are super soft; simply insert, soak up, remove, wash, and use again.

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With the same absorbency affect of a regular-sized tampon, these sponges are reusable for up to three to six months or more, and you can find them online at Amazon.

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