REUSABLE PERIOD PRODUCTS
We are pleased to offer a range of reusable period products.
We are kindly supported by two companies one local to us, Earthwise Girls, and one a little further afield in Leicester, Femme-Tasse. Both supply great quality products at a generous discounted price so that we can supply reusable period products where appropriate.
We cannot guarantee that they are always in stock, but we aim to offer the following on a regular basis.
REUSABLE PERIOD PADS
This amazing set of period pads comes from EarthWise Girls and contains 8 washable period pads (2 small, 4 medium and 2 large) and a wet bag for storing used pads until you are ready to do a wash.
They are soft and comfortable to wear, and easy to clean and care for.
Once used, rinse them out in cold water and then pop them on a cool wash. Do not use fabric condition in the wash as this quickly reduces the absorbency of the pad. If you want to save them up until the next wash you can store the rinsed bags in the wet bag. You can also hand wash these pads using warm water and perfume free soap. You should air dry the pads and avoid using the tumble dryer.
The menstrual cups we supply come with full instructions on how to use and care for your cup, plus a little storage bag to keep it safe between periods.
Menstrual cups can seem very daunting when you first try them but with a bit of practice you soon get use to how to fold them for insertion and how to remove them.
We can offer two sizes of cups. Size A is for those under 25 who have never given birth vaginally and Size B is for those over 25 or who have given birth vaginally.
You should boil your menstrual cup in water for five minutes before using it at the start of your period and again at the end of your period before you store it away. You should rinse your cup under hot water before reinserting it when you empty it during your period.
We aim to have period pants available as often as possible, but they are an expensive item, made worse by the Government adding 20% VAT to them as they are classed as a “luxury” item.
Period pants are very comfortable and a popular choice amongst the young people we support. They come in a variety of absorbencies and can be worn for longer than disposable period products. They can be three times as absorbent as disposable products and the antimicrobial layer wicks blood away from the body and prevents unpleasant odour.
Used period pants should be rinsed out in cold water and then washed on a cool wash without fabric conditioner. You can store rinsed, used period pants in a wet bag until you are ready to put them through the wash. You can also hand wash period pants in warm water with perfume free soap. You should air dry the period pants and avoid putting them in the tumble dryer.