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5 Easy Tips for Making the Switch to Natural Menstrual Products
Written by Madeleine Shaw   

group of women in Uganda with Lunapad signAdmit it: you’re curious. As a health-conscious woman, you’ve probably got questions about the health and environmental risks associated with disposable pads and tampons, and perhaps you’ve heard other women raving about their cozy cloth pads and convenient reusable cups. And yet the idea of washable, reusable products can be daunting at first. Here are some easy steps to having a new “period talk” with yourself.


  1. Gently check in with yourself: how do you feel about your period? As girls, we were taught that periods are gross and messy, necessitating a disposable approach. If your first reaction to the idea of reusable menstrual products feels uncomfortable, ask yourself why such an amazing and totally natural aspect of how your body works would freak you out.
  2. Relax your ideas about the types of products that can meet your needs. Reusable products are designed to meet the same needs as disposables, plus provide more options that you may not be aware of. For example, have you ever heard of panties that have a pad built right into them? Did you know that you only need to change menstrual cups every 12 hours (instead of 3 or 4 with tampons)? Or that cloth pantyliners are available for thong panties as well as more traditional styles?
  3. Check out the buzz: One of the most common things we hear is, “I never thought I would switch to reusables, but I heard what a difference they made for other women, and I had to check it out.” Check out our website at to see what other Lunapads users have to say. You will find that someone out there with needs like yours has found a reusable solution that is making her periods, if not “perfect,” at least a whole lot better.
  4. Connect with us! Lunapads empowers you to embrace your periods, fertility cycle and fabulous body in general. We think it’s cool, even divine, that that you are a blessed Earth Goddess who carries within her the same powerful rhythms as the moon and the tides and the seasons. Want to talk about any of this on Twitter or Facebook? Bring it on: it’s @lunapads or, at your cervix! Questions? Love ‘em - let’s talk!
  5. Give it a try, on the house! Lunapads offers FREE pantyliner samples (all you have to do is pay for stamps!), so what have you got to lose? Just try them at night, on light days, or when you’re at home to get the hang of it. The vast majority of women are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable, attractive, effective and easy to use and care for cloth pads actually are.
  6. Bonus tip: Make a difference! I know we only said five tips, but consider this a bonus: did you know that most girls in the developing world lack access to menstrual products? As attached as western gals are to our applicators-this and wings-that, their reality is... well, zero. So what happens when they have their periods? They stay home, in some cases digging a hole in the dirt floor to sit on or using some form of (unsanitary) means (leaves, old newspaper, mud, etc). Vital days of school are missed, leading to earlier dropout rates, decreased career opportunities and increased risk of maternal mortality. For every eligible Lunapad purchased, a girl in need will receive a Ugandan-made AFRIpads pad to support her school attendance, the key to a brighter future for her and her community.
Madeleine Shaw - co-founders Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens are social entrepreneurs well known for their longstanding commitment to progressive business practices, women entrepreneurs and online marketing as well as Pads4Girls, a social change project that provides sustainable hygiene supplies to girls in developing nations to support their school attendance.