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Quick Start Guide: Reusable Period Products

quick start guide reusable period products including menstrual cups and reusable sanitary pads

Are you confused about reusable period products? Here at Fialuna, we understand! It’s all new and you have QUESTIONS.

The first thing you might be asking yourself is… What are my options and which one is going to work for me? The good thing is, there are a range of options for you and you don’t have to pick just one.

Benefits of Reusable Period Products

  • Better for the environment (create less waste)
  • Better for your health (do not contain harsh chemicals which can be absorbed through your skin)
  • Cost less money (bigger upfront cost, but will save money over the life of your periods)

Your Zero Waste Period Options

Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups sit inside the vagina and collect blood. They hold more blood than a tampon and some people find them more comfortable.

You empty, rinse and reinsert them – one cup can last up to 10 years but should be sterilized every period.

Cups come in different sizes depending on your age, activity levels and whether or not you’ve ever delivered a baby.


  • Last up to 10 years
  • Can use when swimming
  • Don’t have to remember to buy more every month


  • can have a bit of learning curve for some
  • can be tricky to change in a public loo for some
  • small risk of TSS as with other internal period products

fialuna menstrual cup

Reusable Sanitary Pads


  • Last 5-10 years
  • Come in various sizes and absorbencies
  • Most find more comfortable than disposables. No sticky plasticky feeling
  • Don’t have to remember to buy more every month


  • Expensive upfront cost
  • Require washing (although minimal effort!)
  • Pose no risk of TSS as not internal

reusable sanitary pads including imse vimse, bloom and nora, eco femme and fialuna

Period Pants


  • Last 5-10 years
  • Come in various sizes, styles and absorbencies
  • Pose no risk of TSS as not internal
  • Don’t have to remember to buy more every month


  • Not always suitable for those with a VERY heavy flow
  • Difficult to change when out and about if needed

period pants including wuka and thinx

Concluding Thoughts

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each reusable period product mentioned. Some will find that they only need one of these options whilst others will use a combination like a menstrual cup for a day or two followed by period pants or reusable pads or a menstrual cup with a reusable pantyliner as a back-up. Or perhaps you find you like period pants for night time or sports, but reusable pads work just as well for other activities.

Given the health and environmental benefits of reusable period products, why wouldn't you give them a try? If you've already tried some of these, we'd love to hear about your experience in the comments. We hope you found our quick guide helpful. If you need more assistance, please feel free to contact us for advice or read through our more detailed guides found on our homepage. If you are ready to get started, you can shop now here.

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