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  1. Thinx are my absolute fave. I will never go back. When I saw ads that were like “I totally forget I have my period” I was like yeah okay sure. But I actually do! Heavy days, light days, a few days before it starts just in case – they’re just good, high quality underwear! I bring them in the shower with me to rinse them out, and then I put them in the laundry like normal, hang dry. Thinx has a set that you can buy at a discount too. 🙂

  2. this has convinced me to invest in some cloth pads!! I'm already a user of the underwear and the cup but you can never have too many options, right ?

  3. This was so helpful and informative! Have thought about getting cloth pads for a while now, and I think I'll finally try it out

  4. Wait… Aren't period underwear also bad for the environment if you have to be swapping them every 2 years? I mean, if you don't dispose if them responsibly

  5. Tipp for cleaning a menstrual cup: wash the blood off with cold water first so it doesn't clot and stick to/discolor the cup. My cup looked pretty dirty after a few months even though it was clean. I got a new one and washing it with cold water first really helped!

  6. Might have to try the pads out too. Menstrual cup didn't work out for me so far, but I do like my period underwear that I got a few months ago.

  7. Gotta say I really like my menstrual cup but sometimes I do use a tampon just because I haven't completely managed to get it to not leak and even when it isn't leaking sometimes (just because of its design!) you can't feel it's there and I don't fully trust it. So for those times I go back to tampons because at least I know that if I cough it won't leak!

  8. Periods are already uncomfortable, and to make them as comfortable as possible I want my pads to feel secure and I don't want to feel like I'm leaking all the time. Reusable pads and period underwear make me feel exactly the opposite of that. I can't sacrifice my menstrual comfort for the sake of the environment.
    Although, in my opinion, this whole "use less plastics, use reusable stuff etc." is just a thing companies advertise to put the blame on us while they continue to not give a crap about their own impact Its like a distraction tactic. Of course, using reusable products when you can is not a bad thing, but I don't think it will make much difference unless the majority of people are doing it. Which is unlikely to happen.

  9. Love my menstrual cup and reusable pads! They’ve revolutionised my period.

    Just to let you know, Hannah, a menstrual cup can be left in the body for more than 10 hours. Especially ones that are made from medical grade silicone (most are) as they’re designed with materials that literally stays in the body in the case of implants etc.

    The only reason why you shouldn’t leave a tampon in is due to the TSS associated with foreign materials like cotton that has been chemically treated breaking down and being absorbed into the blood stream.

    I can leave my cup in for 12 hours at a time on my light days only having to change it once in a day.

    Great content as always and thank you for spreading the word about reusable products and destigmatising reusables!

  10. Ive got a menstrual cup after learning about them through youtube, still in the process of learning how to use it but hopefully I can insert them by the next period! (I am a pads user, so I've never stuck anything into my vagina before)

  11. High school students of a public school in Rio de Janeiro, created sustainable pads as a school project, and now they're selling them! It costs less then 3£ (R$15)

  12. I'm so glad to see a UK youtuber speaking about reusable period products, and especially the reusable pads 🙂 I'm French and here reusable pads are a "more developed industry" than period underwear. New brands appeared over the last year or two, and created period underwear made in Europe and with a nice design (not just a basic black pants), such as Rejeanne, Blooming Rocks, Fempo.
    In my experience, I adore reusable pads, there are so easy to use and so easy to clean! And I found a brand that I like a lot (which is DansMaCulotte), their products fits me very well and the patterns on the pads are splendid! I just begin to use period underwear last month, so I can't tell yet if I like or not ^^
    And if for some reason I can't use any of these two options, I'll use organic tampons, which I found in my organic shop (Biocoop).

  13. Info: MeLuna is a brand of menstural cup which do loads of different sizes and variations including extra small/extra large. They are also much cheaper than other brands at about £15!

  14. Love this video and #TeamTrees! I've been using my menstrual cup for about 2 years now and will never go back!
    P.S. the menstrual cup fold that you described as your favourite is called the 'punch down' fold x

  15. When you put period underwear in the washing machine, where does the blood go? It doesn't go into the other clothes?

  16. Last month, I tried reusable pads for the first time last month and managed a 100% waste free period! I popped onto Amazon and purchased some from Floating Lotus – they have various sizes and came with a little back to carry clean and dirty pads in if you're out and about. They were really easy to use and I didn't leak (was a big worry seeing as there was no sticky!) defo recommend.

  17. I've looked up what reusable pads cost where I live and maybe I'll buy them when my storage is going down. So far I've a lot left to use and I think it's even worse if menstrual products go to waste without ever using them, so first I'm going to use what I have before buying something new.

  18. i was familiar with all the info, but here because i appreciate you making this video, thank you! ALSO the pad at 9:20 with the colourful cats on it – i own a tote bag with the exact same fabric and i love 'em kitties! totally surprised to see them here hahah

  19. i rly want to try period underwear, i've been thinking abt it and researching brands for a couple weeks and i think i'm gonna take the plunge. cloth pads sound interesting too and i feel like they won't feel any different than regular pads which is what i use now

  20. I've been thinking about buying a menstrual cup for a long time, but I couldn't bring myself on spending that kind of money (I think the prices of ones i wanted to buy were around 100zł), but in april I found out that one of the drugsores in my country sells them and they were discounted as well (30zł)! So i decided to try and buy this cheaper version to check if this would work for me. I've been using pads for the longest part of my life, yet they felt uncomfortable, I'd get rash once in a while and was forcing myself to sleep in a specific pose so I wouldn't leak during the night. Then I tried tampons, and I kind of liked them but they dried me up! And after using one or two tampons in a row I would have to use a pad because I wasn't able to insert a tampon. With a cup this problem is gone. I am really happy that I finally got the cup and am an absolute advocate for it. Still have some problems sometimes but I think they are worth using it.

  21. I just read a study on TSS and menstrual cups. I found it quite shocking, tbh. They recommend using 2 cups so you can sterilise the cup in boiling water daily. I would not recommend just rinsing it after what I read.

  22. As someone working with climate change experts, I see what humans have done to our planet on a daily basis. So thank you Hannah for making this video, encouraging people to try reusable period products! And thank you to everyone who is giving it a go!

  23. I’ve mostly switched to cloth pads (made them myself) over time and now whenever I’m stuck using a disposable pad, I find it so unpleasant and uncomfortable! Finally starting to get the hang of using a menstrual cup too which makes periods way better still, for me.

  24. Thanks for this! I’ve been looking for a menstrual cup to use but I’m in South Africa and don’t have most of the brands here! I found one that says it only lasts for a few months, why do you think that could be?

  25. I don't usually comment because I'm lazy, but I'm making an exception here for #TeamTrees! I'm planning on getting some period panties from a local (Hungarian) company before the end of the year because they seem like a great sustainable and reusable option for me! Plus they have a coupon code for the viewers of my favorite Hungarian youtuber, so I'm definitely using that opportunity! Also, I didn't know about The Hormone Diaries facebook group before, so I'm gonna go join that right now! 🙂

  26. Looooooove menstrual cup. Been using it for more than 3 years. Period panties: during nights and lazy-at-home days: the best thing ever to give your vagina (or however you want to call it 😉 ) a break!

  27. Highly recommend the channel and website "Put A Cup In It" when researching menstrual cups. They have a great quiz on finding the right one along with a huge data table for comparisons between cups.

  28. your approach to this subject and just your general tone is so amazing! I really want to get more sustainable products but I'm only 15 and my mother is a bit concerned about them haha

  29. I switched to cloth pads and find them very comfortable and convenient. It's not a problem at all to wear them overnight as well! They're available in appropriate sizes and absorbencies. For me, they don't slide around too much in the underwear, but I do wear them with my more well-fitting, not-so-loose undies.

  30. When you use the cup make sure to check that your cervix is in the cup! Just feel around the outer edge of your cup, if you feel the cervix adjust the cup but if you dont feel it then awesome! You're good to go.

  31. "Although, like, I mean, I could go on about how I just don't think that we as individuals should be responsible and the governments and the corporations… But…. Hiiirghh." Truth – right there.

  32. I recently bought a couple menstrual cups and a pack of period panties. Only 4 periods a year on my birth control so I’ve been waiting to try them, but I’m excited to try them and then to recommend them to everyone I know that has a period. Thanks Hannah for another great video.

  33. I used thinx (and other period panties) and it has literally changed my life in terms of the stress and anxiety around managing my period. They are so great!

  34. Great info! I use cloth pads but with a safety pin on the front edge because if you do a lot of fast walking, they can actually move back and forth too much, annoyingly. Also I'd recommend rinsing them before throwing them in the wash. I don't like the thought of the blood mixing with my shirts and nice clothes, so I do a quick half-ass wash in the sink, hang it to dry, then toss in the wash. I'm thinking about trying the Ziggy disc after this video though. Thank you for such a helpful video.

  35. Worth a comment to save the trees! Thank you for this idea Hannah, been using my menstrual cup for about a year now, took some getting used to, but absolutely love it now!

  36. I have a cup but I’m still not used to wearing it at night, the underwear seems like a great option for that !! Thanks Hannah 🧡💛

  37. I'm a very squeamish person and have been trying to get myself to buy reusable products because it hurts my heart every time I have to use a pad and with the year I've had with the hell that's been my period it's been pushing me further to get these things.
    I think in a month once my birth control has settled a bit and I can assess how much I'm bleeding I'll totally try one of these options!

  38. You make me wanna check out some reusable pads. They may be more comfortable for those of us who have sensory issues and find regular pads uncomfortable!

  39. Love the environmental themed videos! So important and so important to have a chance to hear about what you can do to help without being made terrified with every sentence! Thanks :):)

  40. I love reusable pads. I struggle with different textures because of sensory problems. Reusable pads don’t bother me but the disposable ones have a horrible texture

  41. Thank you for the video, Hannah! I've been using a menstrual cup in combination with period underwear for more that a year and it truly changed my relationship with my period cycle and my period blood. I understand it's not for everyone but for me personally it's so comfortable and it really is money saving on the long run. I bought my cup from Organicup because I like how they make sure to be sustainable in every aspect, for example the packaging is minimal and cardboard only. For period pants I've heard that Thinx are the best and most popular, but I bought mine from Your Moon Time because they're more affordable – a set of three pairs is $30 with free shipping worldwide and you can choose from different colours. So now I use the cup most of the time, either with normal underwear or the period underwear as backup protection, but sometimes I guess my vagina gets tired of the cup so I take it out and only wear the period underwear, switching between the three pairs. It's great and it made me really passionate about the topic of sustainable period products. I might join the facebook group tbh. Also, I'll make sure to make a little donation and share your video to help #TeamTrees!

  42. TMI warning
    I’m pretty sure my menstrual cup gave me piles. I have a high cervix, and was not able to reach the stem of the cup when removing it for the first time. It was quite distressing. I managed to get it out by bearing down and straining but in the process gave myself haemorrhoids. Now I’m scared to try it again.

  43. One of my friends was selling cloth pads a while ago and I was skeptical because I'm super worried about it and mine vary each month between light and heavy but might have to try them now!

  44. I was surprised the other day to see in the tiny Waitrose I visit that they had reusable options! They had the Dame reusable tampon applicator which I remember seeing on Kickstarter. A good option hopefully for those who have to use applicator tampons for whatever reason. And they had some Hey Girls (shame about the non-inclusive name/language they use) menstrual cups which were only £9 which seemed amazingly cheap, especially considering they donate one cup to people in need for every one bought.

  45. I switched to a menstrual cup earlier this year and it’s made my life so much better. I don’t have to worry about sleeping in it because you can leave it in for more than 8 hours without worrying about TSS. If anyone is thinking about getting a menstrual cup I definitely recommend taking the put a cup in it quiz. That’s how I chose the Lunette cup and it’s worked great for me.

  46. I really enjoyed this video! Also I agree with you that corporations need to be more responsible for being eco friendly but individuals/consumers are the ones who drive the markets/products. So unless we start speaking up like you and making more conscious purchases corporations won't really care cause they're making their money. That's just my 2 cents though

  47. As a more cost effective way to get reusable pads there are tons of DIY videos on YouTube. Provided you have a basic sewing kit (which a lot of people have just lying around the house) they are pretty simple to make. Though you may have to invest in some Velcro or a popper. Or a button can sometimes work too! But they can be made out of worn out clothes or perhaps cheap charity shop finds. Plus you’re reusing material so even better for the environment!!

  48. For those on a budget there’s a company called Hey girls who donate reusable period products to girls in need whenever you but their products.
    They are also good for your pocket as the menstrual cups are around £8-£9 and they have reusable pads now too! ☺️
    And you can also still use disposable pads as there are biodegradable ones out there from brands like Natracare which I highly recommend!

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