Jeannette wrote to me recently as a concerned mom who hopes Lunapads will help her daughter have an easier period. Read on for their story, and our recommendations:
This is actually not for me, but for my 10 year old daughter. She started menstruating recently and it really upsets her. We are looking for something that is natural, environmentally friendly and won't irritate her skin. Also, regular pads can be loud and embarrassing. I want her to feel like a goddess - not a slave to plastic!
Her period is 3 days heavy, 3 nights heavy, and 2 days light. She is currently using Always overnights. No matter what, she leaks through, and often out of the back of her undies and onto her bed. We are too paranoid this early into her period to go lighter than overnights at any stage in her cycle. Mine was very unpredictable when I was a kid, so we err on the side of caution.
The Lunapads Rx
The uncertainty that comes with those first periods can really contribute a lot of anxiety to an already complex time in life. Jeannette's daughter has a heavier period and, like many new menstruators, she's pretty nervous about leaks. To feel secure, she's using overnight pads throughout her period.
While we typically recommend our smallest/shortest pads for young people, our 10" Maxi Pad & Insert and 12" Long Pad styles might make more sense here. The added length of these 2 styles should help Jeannette's daughter feel confident that she won't have any more of those annoying back-of-the-undies leaks. As with all of our Kits, we have sent both Wing and Basic Insert styles, so she can give each a spin and decide which style she prefers.
As an added bonus: you've probably never known a quieter, comfier pad. With Lunapads, the ultra-thin leakproof barrier is sandwiched between soft layers of fleece and flannel. You can't hear it, and no one else will either.
Another option to explore is period underwear! What many LunaUndies fans cite as their favourite aspect of our underwear is the simple, no-fuss comfort and security they provide. Keeping a just-in-case pair in your bag or locker means you're less likely to find yourself in a potentially awkward situation should your period sneak up on you unawares. Carry a couple Inserts with you and you'll be covered for the rest of the day.
Choosing the right supplies for your period is a totally personal process. Your reusable period toolkit will be fine tuned over time and with experience -- the hardest and most rewarding part is just taking the leap and going for it. Jeannette really wasn't sure where to start, so we've sent her daughter a few of our recommendations to try. If you're feeling stumped too, send us an email, find us on live chat, or give us a call. We can help you make the right product choices for your body, flow, needs and budget.