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How to choose the right period prod for your bod

Are you feeling super today? Nope, we’re not talking about your mental health, just your tampon. Here’s more on that, and a few other things to keep in mind when choosing the right period prods for right now.

Absorbency (tampons) Tampons are divided up by the amount of blood they can handle. Mini, regular and super are the Juuni types. This has nothing to do with the size of your vagina, and everything to do with the amount of blood coming out of it. Why not just use a super-absorbent tampon all the time? Well, the temptation would be to leave it in longer, and the risk for bacteria to develop becomes greater. A less absorbent tampon means you have to change it more often, so the risk is minimised. Tip: If you’re using a tampon for the first time, go mini and replace it every few hours.

Absorbency (pads) Pads are also categorised by how much blood they can soak up. You don’t need to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome when wearing pads, so the absorbency level here is a matter of what’s convenient and comfortable for you. But it’s still important to practice good period hygiene to keep odours, infections and rashes at bay, so change the guard every few hours! If you sleep more than eight hours, you should use a pad instead of a tampon at night. Tip: With Juuni you can build your own bespoke box of period prods, so you have just the right thing for every stage of your period.

In the US, almost 90 per cent of tampons come with applicators. That’s right. And the vast majority of them are plastic, so you can probably see where this is going. In Australia, applicator tampons are nowhere near as popular as that, in fact you might be hard pressed to find them. Juuni tampons are applicator free. They’re easy to put in, and they’re plastic free, so they don’t end up polluting our beaches and waterways.

Organic Non-organic tampons are made from cotton grown using pesticides, and may include trace amounts of polyethylene, polypropylene and bleach. When you choose organic, there's no wondering about what chemicals could be seeping into your body, because organic products have none of these nasties. And it’s not just about you! Organic cotton uses far less water than regular cotton, and its production releases fewer greenhouse gas emissions, too. Don’t be fooled by eco-looking packaging. Check the small print. Juuni tampons are bleach-free, pesticide-free and made from organic cotton. They’re also 100 per cent biodegradable.

Brand The tampon biz comes with some pretty intense brand loyalty. Most women find one that suits them, and are reluctant to switch. That’s probably why the market was dominated by a handful of major players for so long. But the times they are a-changing. Teenagers and younger women are more likely to try different period prods, and they’re more open to having a chat about it with their friends. Quality, ecology, convenience and personalisation are some of the buzz words for today’s period-care buyer – and the key things we care about at Juuni. Happy shopping!

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