How to Choose the Right Menstrual Product for You?

Navigating the world of menstrual products can sometimes feel overwhelming. With a myriad of items used for periods, each boasting different features and benefits, how does one make the right choice? 

As part of our ongoing commitment at Ujaas, a dedicated menstrual health and menstrual hygiene initiative by Aditya Birla Education Trust, we recognize the urgency of addressing this dilemma. 

Period poverty and misconceptions have long cast a shadow over the decisions many make regarding period products. It's not just about choosing an item; it's about embracing a lifestyle that prioritizes both personal health and sustainability.

With our relentless efforts in creating a robust distribution channel and our educational awareness campaigns, we aim to illuminate this topic, dispelling doubts and empowering every individual to make informed choices. 

A World Beyond Pads: Exploring Alternatives

For many, the mention of menstrual products immediately brings to mind the familiar image of sanitary pads. But did you know that the world of period products offers a diverse range of alternatives?

As menstrual health and menstrual hygiene initiatives like Ujaas propel forward, the spotlight now shines on a broader spectrum of items used for periods

These alternatives not only prioritize personal comfort but also sustainability, ensuring that each individual finds a product that aligns with both their body and values. Here's a glimpse into some intriguing alternatives beyond the conventional pad:

Menstrual Cups:

  • A reusable, flexible cup made of silicone, rubber, or elastomer.
  • Designed to be inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid.
  • Sustainable, cost effective over time, and reduces waste.
  • Suitable for various physical activities including swimming.

Reusable Cloth Pads:

  • Made from absorbent fabrics like cotton.
  • Can be washed and reused multiple times, reducing landfill waste.
  • Often more breathable than disposable pads, reducing the risk of rashes.

Period Underwear:

  • Panties designed with absorbent layers to trap menstrual fluid.
  • Available in various absorbencies and styles.
  • Eco-friendly and can be a backup or primary menstrual product.


  • Absorbent materials compressed into a cylinder shape.
  • Inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual flow.
  • Available in varying absorbencies and often preferred for their discreteness.

Menstrual Discs:

  • A thin, flexible disc placed inside the vagina to collect menstrual fluid.
  • Unlike cups, they sit at the base of the cervix.
  • Can be worn during intercourse.

Tailored to You: Understanding Personal Needs

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, every menstruator's experience is unique. Factors ranging from flow volume, daily activities, and sensitivities, to personal values can influence the ideal choice of menstrual products.

So, how can you zero in on the perfect period product tailored just for you? It begins with an understanding of your individual needs. Consider the following aspects:

Flow Volume:

  • Light: You might prefer thin liners or light absorbency products.
  • Moderate: Regular pads, tampons, or a medium-sized menstrual cup could be ideal.
  • Heavy: Opt for high absorbency pads, larger menstrual cups, or special period underwear designed for heavy flow.

Activity Level:

  • Active Lifestyle: For those always on the move, tampons, menstrual cups, or period underwear might be more suitable.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: Traditional pads or cloth pads could suffice for comfort.


If you have skin or vaginal sensitivities, choosing organic, fragrance free products or breathable cloth pads might be beneficial.

Environmental Considerations:

If sustainability is a priority, lean towards reusable options like menstrual cups or cloth pads.

Eco-Friendly Choices: Menstrual Sustainability

In the era of conscious consumerism, the spotlight isn’t just on the effectiveness of period products but also on their environmental footprint. As menstruators, women have an incredible opportunity to merge menstrual health and hygiene with eco-friendly choices.

Sustainability in the menstrual health landscape is not just a trending topic; it's a critical need, echoing in every menstrual health and menstrual hygiene initiative worldwide, including Ujaas.

So, why should you consider sustainable menstrual products? And which items used for periods can help you tread lightly on our planet?

Environmental Impact:

  • Disposable Dilemma: Traditional disposable pads and tampons contribute to landfill waste. Most contain plastic elements, taking hundreds of years to decompose.
  • Sustainable Solution: Reusable period products significantly reduce the waste generated each month.

Economic Efficiency:

Investing in reusable menstrual products, such as menstrual cups or cloth pads, might seem costly upfront. However, in the long run, they prove to be cost-effective, reducing the monthly expenditure on disposables.

Eco-Friendly Options:

  • Menstrual Cups: Made of silicone, rubber, or latex, these cups can last for years if maintained well.
  • Cloth Pads: Crafted from absorbent fabrics, these can be washed and reused, providing a comfortable and sustainable alternative.
  • Period Underwear: Designed with absorbent layers, these panties can be washed and worn repeatedly, eliminating the need for disposables.
  • Biodegradable Pads: For those not keen on reusable items, biodegradable pads offer a middle-ground, decomposing faster than traditional pads.

Awareness and Advocacy:

Be an ambassador for change! As you make the switch, share your experiences, educate peers, and promote sustainable period products. The ripple effect of awareness can be monumental in shaping eco-friendly menstrual practices.

Joining the menstrual sustainability movement doesn’t mean compromising on comfort or efficacy. In fact, many find sustainable items used for periods more comfortable and efficient.

It's all about finding the right product for you while keeping our planet's well-being in mind. After all, every eco-conscious choice we make today paves the way for a greener tomorrow.

Affordability vs. Quality: Striking the Balance

The age-old debate of affordability versus quality often surfaces when choosing menstrual products. Do you invest in a pricier, premium product or opt for a budget-friendly alternative?

The key lies in understanding that a higher price doesn't always guarantee superior quality. Conversely, affordable options don't inherently mean compromise. It's about discerning value: looking for period products that offer lasting durability, optimal comfort, and reliable protection.

By researching, reading reviews, and perhaps trying a few different brands, you can strike the right balance. The best product for you blends both affordability and quality. You should ensure your menstrual journey is both cost-effective and comfortable.


It's evident that your choices impact both your well-being and the environment. By understanding your unique needs and being informed about the myriad of options available, you can make empowered decisions.

It's not just about managing your periods; it's about embracing a holistic approach to menstrual care that resonates with your values and paves the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.