It's been many years I have been using the @mooncupltd (& really couldn't return to pads) my periods had a massive increase a couple of years ago & been in awkward situations.
Just been diagnosed with #endometriosis and allergy to my cycle (autoimmune progesterone dermatitis). On top of that, the periods pain hugely increased (while I thought that was “normal”).
I am now seeking for absolute comfort during this time as it is really impacting my life for 2 weeks a month as the allergy is usually flaring up within 10 days before the start of my periods & then starts the actual periods pain, I am also starting calling off work if the worst day happens during a week day and reducing my social activity as well as my proactivity on personal projects, which makes it often hard to meet deadlines.
Mooncup has really been helpful against irritation, smell as well as being eco-friendly. It has also saved my life while travelling, where it is difficult to find pads or that the heat is high and that people are opening the very few bins on the road of the village.
It took me a while to decide to go for periods underwear such as Modibodi or Thinx for the reason that most of the brands on the current market call themselves innovative and can be quite pricy, while they are re-using something that women have been doing for many decades in poorer areas with less resources.
During my research about this kind of underwear, I sadly noticed other companies overpricing re-usable pads and offering the possibility to their customer to buy an extra one & have it sent to Africa or areas with poorer resources. Of course, periods poverty is something that exists, and we do have luxury solutions here in the West/North. However, this "now" is becoming a race to the appropriation of ideas, as when we turn poverty into a good.
There is nothing wrong in gathering inspiration from common or most accepted practices, nonetheless we need to make sure "real" innovation is being sought to improve lives - this can also be applied to other fields. Actually, there is a considerable number of companies doing that in other fields, such as "fixing your £20 shoes for £50 to save the environment" while it is already common practice in other countries to go through a lifetime with the same pair of shoes. I wish to actually make an article about shoes and how they made me reflect on a kind of vision of life.