You know your body and your period needs. 

However, if you are unsure about absorbency levels or picking the right product for you, then let us help you figure out what product might be right for you. For your period.

The first step in deciding which menstrual hygiene product is the best choice for you, is knowing yourself and your period. Periods can vary from woman to woman and can change from the onset of menstruation to menopause. Menstruation can be lighter, heavier, longer, or shorter and still be considered normal. Sometimes your cycles can also be affected by your environment, stress levels or illness. You may need a variety of products to support you at different points of your cycle.

Let's explore the options.

There are now several choices in sanitary protection products - so choosing one can be overwhelming at times. Some woman may find that one product is right for them, while others may decide to use a variety, depending on their flow and lifestyle.

Pads

Sanitary protection pads have been around, in one form or another, for as long as women have had periods. Until 1921, when Kotex pads were introduced to the market, women often used cotton rags or knitted, washable menstrual pads.

Grace & Green offer two types of  certified organic pads and one liner.

We would recommend thinking about your flow when choosing the right product for you. Traditionally, women use Night Pads (which are thicker and offer more protection) overnight when you won’t be changing pads every few hours or for very heavy flow days where you need guaranteed protection.  Day Pads are used for normal flow days when you are able to change your pad every few hours. Liners are recommended for light flow days or when you need a bit of protection in between periods.

All Grace & Green Pads offer a superior level of comfort and reassurance. The design combines 100% certified organic cotton and ‘wings’ that fit over your underwear to hold them in place.

Liners

Similar to a pad, but lighter, thinner and more discreet, a liner can be used for light flow days as well as to absorb daily vaginal discharges in between periods. In addition to being great for day-to-day use, many women choose to use liners as a back-up when they’re wearing a tampon - just in case. Liners are also great for those last days of your period, when your flow isn’t heavy enough for a pad or tampon. A liner will have you covered.

Nearly half of UK women prefer tampons as their period product of choice. Tampons are a safe and comfortable alternative to pads - provided they are used correctly. Many women feel that tampons allow them to stay more active despite their period, especially when running or swimming. Some say they feel cleaner when they use a tampon rather than a pad, as it keeps your menstrual blood internally.

Applicator tampons tend to come in two options - one option with cardboard applicators which are more environmentally sound and cost effective, the other with plastic applicators which many women find more comfortable.

As we are an environmental brand, we took the decision to only stock non-applicator tampons, as they are far better for the environment.

Does size matter?

All tampons have one thing in common: an absorbency rating system to help you decide which tampon is right for your flow.  

But what does each grade mean?

Note: 1 gram of menstrual fluid equals roughly 1/4 teaspoon

  • Regular: absorbs 6 to 9 grams of menstrual fluid

  • Super: absorbs 9 to 12 grams of menstrual fluid

  • Super plus: absorbs 12 to 15 grams of menstrual fluid

There is alot of controversy about the safety of tampons and their possible connection to women's health conditions such as endometriosis and toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Women who enjoy the convenience of tampons but who are concerned about possible health risk often prefer the comfort of organic tampons, like the ones we create at Grace & Green, which are free from fragrances, pesticides, chemicals and bleach.

Choose the lowest possible absorbency for your flow.

When choosing your tampon, be sure to choose the lowest possible absorbency that meets your period needs. Tampons should be changed every 4 to 6 hours. At the end of this time frame, your tampon should be full, but not leaking. If you find that your tampon is overflowing at the 3 hour mark, you should try one with a higher absorbency. If your tampon is coming out dry after 6 hours, try one with a lower absorbency.   

Every woman’s cycle is different

Just as each woman’s body is unique, so are our cycles.  Generally speaking, the first 2 to 3 days of a period are the heaviest and the flow gradually tapers off during the remainder of the period. The choice of your tampon or pad should mirror your flow’s needs. Most women require at least 2 different sizes of tampons or pads to cover the range of their cycle.

What works for you right now could change in the future. There are many things that can cause changes to your period, such as medication changes, pregnancy, or if you are approaching menopause. Pay attention to your flow and adapt your products to best match your needs.

 

 

Try organic period products

As you are trying to find the right period products to suit your needs, it’s the perfect time to think about what you are putting into your body. Many conventional period products brands include a lot of unnecessary toxic chemicals and poor quality ingredients. Why would you want to put things like chlorine bleach, dyes, fragrance, or dioxin into your most intimate and sensitive area? Grace & Green products are all 100% certified organic cotton, pure safe alternatives that are kind to your body as well as the planet.

Grace & Green offers monthly and quarterly subscription period boxes that are delivered to your doorstep. You can customise your products and absorbency levels to match your menstrual needs, as and when you need to.

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The new Period Essentials.

Grace & Green premium period essentials made from 100% certified organic cotton.