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Menstrual Product Alternatives
The reusable menstrual cup and washable pads can save money, are environmentally friendly, and can offer peace of mind, knowing that you will have feminine protection on hand.
Pads come in a wide variety of absorbencies, scented or frangrance-free, some with wings, some of organic cotton. Below are several popular pads. For a complete selection, visit Amazon.com.
Tampon options vary, from absorbency levels, applicator (or none), scent (or none). The FDA mandates standardized labelling of tampons by absorbency to faciliate comparing different brands and styles:
- Light - absorbs 6 grams or less of blood
- Regular - absorbs 6-9 grams of blood
- Super - absorbs 9-12 grams of blood
- Super Plus - absorbs 12-15 grams of blood
- Ultra - absorbs 15-18 grams of blood
Per the FDA's Labeling for Menstrual Tampons, "The FDA encourages women to use the lowest absorbency tampon appropriate for their flow to help minimize the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)."