menstrual products

page updated: 06-Mar-2006

What to do about all that blood?

From my very first period, I preferred internally-worn products over external ones. I started with tampons, and as soon as I found reusable alternatives like cups and sea sponges, I was delighted.

For a few years, birth control pills made my periods so light that I didn’t need any menstrual products at all. I still use free bleeding tricks on lighter days of my period and often at night.

These are my detailed experiences with different period product options.

Behavioural strategies

Reusable products

Disposable products


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One of the few books to go into detail about menstrual extraction is Rebecca Chalker's A Woman's Book Of Choices.

Bloodsisters can point you to rants and resources about the politics of menstrual products.

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