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Period Products: Which one is the best?

Gaining a stress-free mind, body and flow all starts with period management. There are so many ways to manage your menstruation, but how do you know what works for you? Don’t take our word for it, let’s look at these cold hard facts to help break it down:

Disposables Reusables
1. PADS

Availability: Everywhere

Price: Rp 600,000 / year

  • Pros:
    • Non-invasive: External Product
    • Overnighter: Can be used for heavy/overnight flow
    • No Upkeep
  • Cons:
    • Toxic: Conventional brands are bleached, which has been linked to a higher risk of cancer and reproductive toxicity
    • Landfill: Takes over 800 years to decompose
    • Restrictive: Bulky, prone to moving and leaking, also cannot be used when swimming
    • Odour: Does not mask odours
1. REUSABLE PADS

Availability: Most E-Commerce Websites

Price: Rp 250,000 / year

  • Pros:
    • Environmentally Friendly
    • Cost-Effective
    • Non-Invasive
    • Non-Toxic
  • Cons:
    • Upfront Cost: Initial investment can be costly, but it’s better in the long run
    • Bulky: Prone to moving
    • Restrictive: Bulky, prone to moving and leaking, also cannot be used when swimming
    • Discomfort: Can feel wet and bulky
2. TAMPONS

Availability: High

Price: Rp 2,400,000 / year

  • Pros:
    • Convenient: Small and discreet
    • Masks odours
  • Cons:
    • Toxic: Risk of toxic shock syndrome and linked to a higher risk of cancer + reproductive issues due to bleaches and fragrances
    • Invasive: Insertion required, although this is also perfectly safe for young women who aren’t sexually active. It can be awkward and tricky for newbies.
    • Landfill: Takes over 800 years to decompose
2. MENSTRUAL CUP

Availability: Available on most eCommerce websites

Price: Rp 250,000 / year

  • Pros:
    • Environmentally Friendly
    • Cost-Effective 
    • Non-Toxic 
  • Cons:
    • Invasive: Insertion required, although this is also perfectly safe for young women who aren’t sexually active. It can be awkward and tricky for newbies.
    • Maintenance: Requires special care to prevent bacteria
    • May cause an allergic reaction
3. PERIOD UNDERWEAR

Availability: Available on most eCommerce websites

Price: Rp 260,000 / year

  • Pros:
    • Environmentally Friendly
    • Cost Effective
    • Non-Invasive
    • Non-Toxic
  • Cons:
    • Upfront Cost: Initial investment can be costly, but it’s better in the long run
    • No Water Sports: Cannot be used when swimming

 

*price and availability based on the Indonesian Market

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