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    24 Problem-Solving Period Products Reviewers Swear By

    "Not today, uterus." —you putting on leakproof period underwear before bed

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    1. A pair of super comfy period-proof underwear designed to hold two tampons' worth of period blood. Not only are these a great alternative to pads and tampons, they're also ideal for overnight protection (you can pair them with a pad if you have a heavy flow) and for people who are worried about ~leakage~ during sports or physical activities — I personally always wear period-proof undies when I go on runs on my period and it has been a MASSIVE godsend.

    A reviewer in black underwear
    amazon.com

    As much as I love pulling a fellow runner aside for a "butt check" on my aggressive flow days, it is SO NICE to have underwear like this as a back-up to catch anything that might shift or overflow from a pad. Plus, unlike your regular undies, you don't have to scrub the blood out of these — they're designed so it rinses right out in the sink with soap and warm water, and can get tossed in the washer and dryer from there.

    Psst — reviewers love these undies, but suggest sizing up!

    Promising review: "I deal with PCOS and endometriosis which make my periods HEAVY for the first 3-4 days. I ordered two pairs of these underwear. They absorbed better than a pad, were comfortable, and the top layer stayed dry. Amazing. I had been thinking about buying the really expensive version of these underwear, but the price was ridiculous. These underwear do exactly what I need them to do for half the price. They are easy to hand wash and hang dry. I plan on ordering more. The stitching and waistband are solid and they don't bunch, don't ride up, and don't roll. They provide front and back coverage. They're literally perfect. If you're on the fence about these, I urge you to give them a try. They'll save you money (no pads or tampons needed, and you won't stain your regular underwear and have to replace them)." —drsmaw

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (available in sizes XS-6XL, two colors, and in three-packs).

    2. A period-proof bathing suit with full leak protection both in and out of the water, so you can finally frolic on the beach and take all the "jumping in front of the sunset" Instagrams to your heart's content. Plus, Ruby Love makes them in all kinds of styles and colors, whether you're looking for a bikini, a standard one-piece, a chic off-the-shoulder ruffle, or even a swim dress.

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    Ruby Love is a Black woman-owned business established in 2015 that not only specializes in period underwear, but leakproof sleepwear, swimwear, and activewear for people of all ages. The site also features special sections and options for teens!

    The built-in liner in these suits are designed to hold up to three tampons' worth, and don't swell at all when they hit water. The suit can also discreetly hold a pad, designed with a dri-tech mesh to stop leaks from all sides.

    Promising review: "The swimwear collection is just what I was looking for! I am finally able to go to the beach and enjoy the sun on my period! They look great and surprisingly are very discreet." —Kate

    Get it from Ruby Love for $49.99+ (available in sizes XS-3XL and multiple styles and colors).

    3. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away those (incredibly rude!!) period migraines.

    A reviewer holding the migraine stick
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So I suffer from migraines right around the time when I get my period. I have tried every pain relief medicine and also used to take prescription strength pills. The problem with all of those is that it takes a long time for it to kick in, leaves me feeling tired and lethargic, or doesn’t fully take the migraine away. Plus, I don’t like to take medication monthly if I can find an alternative. So I came across this migraine stick and holy shoot, it really works. Like absolutely works. I started feeling a migraine come on so I dabbed some on my temples and a bit on my forehead and put more on the back of my neck. I could smell the peppermint immediately. It felt very soothing and literally within 10 minutes, my migraine was completely gone. Like completely gone. I’m so amazed. Definitely give this a try. I highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Read BuzzFeed's review of the migraine stick for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A discreet leakproof period sheet protector for nights when your flow is heavy and unpredictable (as much as you enjoy stripping your whole bed and zombie-ing to the bathroom sink to wash it out at 2 in the morning).

    red sheet protector on top of bed sheets
    Amazon

    This sheet is also waterproof, and its light weight makes it easier for cleaning and tossing in the washer and dryer.

    Promising review: "I have PCOS and just in general, horribly heavy and prolonged periods. I've ruined two sets of sheets and a mattress cover so far the past two years. After trying disposable pads, cloth pads, sleeping with a towel between my legs, I thought I might have to wear some kind of adult diaper to control my flow, which is embarrassing. Luckily, I found this. It catches any leaks that happen during the night and honestly give me peace at mind so that I sleep easier. No more feeling guilty for ruining sheets. My husband doesn't mind the bed protection since it is so soft and even matches our bedroom decor! The only issue I have is that every few days I need to readjust to keep the ends tucked in. Overall, I really really recommend this. I love it. I NEVER buy things that don't have prime shipping, but I made an exception for this out of desperation and I'm so happy that I did. It's great for anyone who is having trouble keeping their periods under control or who needs a little extra to keep their minds at peace at night :)" —Alyssa Duncan

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    5. A ridiculously cute microwaveable stuffed animal, aka the cavalry when it comes to dealing with cramps. These bubs are also lavender-scented, which may help those of us who have period-related insomnia in those days leading up to it!

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    These "Warmies" are each filled with all-natural grain and dried lavender, so you can microwave them to use them as heating pads or pop in a sealed bag in the freezer for two to three hours to use them as a cold pack.

    Promising review: "When I get my monthly, I use a heating pad to bring down my cramps and mine recently broke. I heard about this through social media and thought why not give it a try. I used it and it was amazing. I have trouble sleeping and the lavender scent really helped me go to sleep and it heats up and it stays warm for quite a while. This is definitely worth buying and worth putting money toward. it looks very cute and is very soft so if you get your monthly and you have a hard time sleeping I would definitely use this. it is not a waste of money or time at all." —Ash Wang

    Get it from Amazon for $16.88 (available in 17 animals).

    6. A pair of period boxer briefs made with a thin, breathable fabric and an absorbent liner that can hold up to four tampons' worth. Just rinse them out and pop 'em right in the washer and dryer when you're done!

    A model in black boxer briefs
    Period Aisle

    Period Aisle is a woman-owned and operated company established in 1993 committed to creating earth-friendly period products for every body, with a commitment to local manufacturing and sustainability.

    Psst — reviewers love these, but suggest sizing down if you're deciding between two sizes, since they run a tad large.

    Promising review: "These boxers are awesome. It almost feels like you are not wearing anything. That’s how comfortable they are. I have a very heavy flow so I needed the maximum coverage and they are great." —Jessie

    Get it from Period Aisle for $46 (available in two colors and sizes XS-5X).

    7. A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea. They're designed for motion sickness and morning sickness, but can also work wonders if you're someone whose period cramps come with a side of 🥴.

    Reviewer with gray band on their wrist
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things literally work miracles. Within 10 minutes of having them on I am practically back to normal. I get period cramps so bad they make me nauseous which makes my day 10 times worse that it already is. With Sea Band I don't have to leave work early anymore from feeling ill and can actually function." —Rachael

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.68.

    8. An herbal-infused pantyliner designed to cool soreness, calm inflammation, and generally make the whole bleeding for 3-7 days thing a much comfier experience.

    A box of the liners
    Target

    Honeypot is a plant-based, Black woman-owned brand established in 2014 that specializes in herbal-infused pads, menstrual cups, tampons, wipes, and other period products. You can check out Honeypot's full range of products on their website.

    Promising review: "First of all — the cooling sensation is one of the perks of this brand’s pads. It just makes you feel so much fresher down there. It doesn’t last very long but it’s a nice bonus when you put it on at first. I tried these when I switched from Always to have a more natural option. I’ll never go back. I love every product that they make." —Target Customer

    Get a set of 30 from Target for $6.99.

    9. A set of reusable bamboo charcoal fabric pads you can use the exact same way you use sanitary napkins — they even have "wings" that snap into each other. To clean, you can just rinse them out and machine-wash on cold.

    Six pads with different patterned fabrics and a little storage bag
    Amazon

    The set even comes with a "wet bag" for transport if you swap out your pad somewhere in public and need a place to stash the used one before you can clean it at home.

    Promising review: "These are now my absolute favorite reusable pads!!! The design is what my curvaceous body needs, the length is great, but the absolute best is how thin they are! I forgot I was wearing them, they are that thin & comfortable. Today was my second day wearing the 'overnight' size, which I wore during the day to see if they'd stay in place before attempting to wear it at night (learned from a previous, negative experience with another brand). They stay in place, absorb well, rinse easily, stitching is well done, and they have very pretty fabrics. These reusable menstrual pads are definitely the best in the three or four different brands I've tried, and I will definitely be ordering another set." —Cierra Shore

    Get a set of six (plus a wet bag) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    10. A tried and true plant-based laundry stain remover to get period stains out of underwear, clothes, sheets, and duvets. This spray doesn't just work on fresh stains, but older ones that have already gone through a wash-and-dry cycle, too. The stained "designated period underwear" in the back of your drawer won't know what hit 'em.

    The bottle of stain remover
    Amazon

    Psst — reviewers also swear by this stain remover for dirt, grass, coffee, sweat, pet urine, and even red wine stains, whether it's on clothes, carpets, or furniture.

    Promising review: "Amazing!! Had an OLD blood stain in my mattress from a period leak. Sprayed some on it and used the mattress fabric to rub it together until it disappeared! Then got a washcloth with water and blotted the mattress until it did not feel sticky or soapy. Let it dry and it was completely gone!!!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $20.20.

    11. A popular, beginner-friendly menstrual cup that'll not only significantly reduce waste from disposable products, but to help with a whole host of other things. Reviewers mention that its application and removal is painless, that it stays locked in place during physical activities, and that they don't have to swap it out in the bathroom as often as they do with pads and tampons.

    a model holding a pink menstrual cup
    Amazon

    Promising review: "OK, so I'll start by saying this is my first time using a menstrual cup and I LOVE my Lena cup! It was recommended to me over the Diva cup in regards to comfort and a cheaper price and I am 100% satisfied with my purchase. I was worried about putting it in the first time but it was so easy to do. I got it right on the first try. Absolutely NO LEAKS! Not a single drop. Very comfortable to wear during the day with any activity. I wore a panty liner just as a precaution but honestly didn't even need it. Also you don't have to worry about that period blood smell. Not even while emptying your cup. No odor whatsoever! Speaking of emptying...also super simple. You just pinch the base to release the seal and pull it right out. It doesn't hurt like tampons do if they aren't soaked and ready to be changed. I wasn't sure how long to wait to empty it the first time so I waited eight hours and it was only half full and I have a heavy flow. Cleanup was a breeze. No mess, no spills. I removed it while I was sitting on the toilet and dumped it. Then rinsed with cold water first, then warm soapy water and reinserted. I thought the whole process would be more difficult honestly. I can't say enough good things about this product. I read so many reviews that said 'why didn't I try this sooner' and I feel the same way. I wish I would have bought the Lena cup ages ago. It's a total game-changer. Also, it seems to ease my cramps a little as well. I'm not sure if it's the cup but I usually have terrible cramps, but not with the cup inserted. Anyway, just buy it! I guarantee you won't be disappointed and you'll never want to use pads or tampons again! I hope my novel of a review helps. LOL." —Meg

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90 (available in two sizes).

    12. Plus a sterilizing menstrual cup steamer — you can definitely wash them with warm water or boil them, but this is a quick, efficient way to make sure they're cleaned as thoroughly as possible right from the comfort of your own bathroom.

    A small white steamer
    Amazon

    FWIW, you could definitely use this machine to sterilize reusable face masks, too.

    Promising review: "My new favorite appliance! I really hated having to boil my MC in the kitchen. It was also awkward trying to explain to my toddler what I was cleaning and why he couldn't play with it. Now I can clean it right there in my bathroom. It's compact so it lives under the bathroom sink and it's only out for 20 minutes so I don't have to worry about the kids seeing it. It also works REALLY well. The top comes off pretty easily when it's not running so be gentle removing it or you may get splashed. I also found that it works better when you let it sit for a bit after like the instructions recommend. I run it while I'm in the shower and the timing is perfect." —Phoenix Lake

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    13. And if you're on the move, a set of flushable, biodegradable menstrual cup wipes to discretely clean them in public restrooms before sliding 'em back into your bag.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These cup sanitation wipes are convenient. The packets are easy to open and work great at home or on the go. Size is perfect. Have had no problem with wipes drying out before I use them as I have with another brand." —NA

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $5.95.

    14. A period thong you can either pair with a tampon, or use for those suuuuper low flow "the period's almost over, but has a few last gasps" kind of days when you want to wear something a little more freeing but aren't *quite* sure your uterus is on the same page.

    model in a black thong
    Thinx

    These hold about half a tampon of period blood on their own, and similar to the rest of Thinx's underwear line, can be rinsed out in the sink before being washed and dried in a cycle with the rest of your clothes.

    Promising review: "I started off using it with tampons in lieu of a liner and it was fantastic. Then I tried it out on light days by itself and it still worked great and felt comfy. The wide lacy band doesn't cut into my sides." —Alixandra F.

    Get it from Thinx for $24 (available in sizes XS-3XL and four colors).

    15. A large electric heating pad designed with enough softness and flexibility to ease your cramps wherever you get them, whether it's in your stomach, back, or legs.

    Model using blue pad on back muscles
    Amazon

    This pad has three different heat settings and an auto-shut off for safety, *plus* is totally machine washable.

    Promising review: "Wow!!! I am a bit late with my review, but I loveee this heating pad. Maybe this is TMI, maybe this is real talk, but I recently got off birth control just to cleanse my system out when we are ready to start trying. Did not realize that meant now my periods now feels like I’ve reverted back to my pre-teens day and cramps have come back with a vengeance. My ovaries apparently hate me. This heating pad helps alleviate that pain instantly. It’s starting to warm up outside so the low heat setting perfect for me. It even helps with my soreness when I get out there and sports it up! Gotta do something to pass these quarantine days. Do yourself a favor and get yourself one to snuggle up with." —Vivi Tran

    Get it from Amazon for $36.17.

    16. A lunar and menstrual cycling journal to help you not only be able to anticipate your flow, but also understand certain emotional patterns you might experience, and help you feel more connected to them through the journal's thought-provoking questions about your routines and personal reflections.

    The red journal
    Rachael Amber Design/Etsy

    Rachael Amber Design is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy stop established in 2013 that specializes in prints and products to "inspire connection to nature, self, and other."

    Promising review: "Shipped to me within two days! I love it so much. The poems are beautiful and there’s customizable parts when it comes to tracking your feelings and emotions. I want to buy one for all my girlfriends! I’m so excited to start manifesting and finding my body's rhythm with this wonderful tool." —Ellie Metry

    Get it from Rachael Amber Design on Etsy for $24+ (available in three styles).

    17. Or a set of adorable mini period tracking stickers you can stick in your calendar or personal planner as an organized, cute way to recognize patterns (I'm onto you, uterus!!).

    A tiny pad sticker with a heart on it
    Illogical Discourse/Etsy

    Illogical Discourse is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in planner stickers and accessories.

    Promising review: "These are so cute and useful! I gave them to my granddaughter, who just started her period a couple of months ago. This will help her track her periods and keep her prepared. What a great idea!" —Jennifer McDonnell

    Get a set of 42 from Illogical Discourse on Etsy for $2.69+ (available in two styles).

    Psst — this shop offers ✨free shipping ✨!

    18. A period subscription box to take all of the stress out of stocking up supplies every month — not only will this box take into account your personal needs to send you exactly what you need straight to your door, but it'll also come with lil' TREATS like snacks and heating pads.

    A box with period items in it like tampons, a candle, and tea
    Cratejoy

    Each standard box comes with organic pads and/or tampons, panty liners, hygiene wipes, one premium organic snack, and one "comfort item," but you can upgrade to two other versions of the box for more items from there.

    Promising review: "Lady Box is just right for my needs. They send me exactly the right number and kind of pads, the snack is always so delicious, and the comfort item is luxurious and relaxing — the bath bombs smell amazing! I also find that the heating pads come in handy for those bad cramps. Once I can finally leave the house again, they will definitely be a purse essential, just in case!" —Rachael B.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $17.56/month (available as a one-time purchase and in two upgraded versions).

    19. A set of gentle, biodegradable bamboo body wipes you can use all over your body, including your ~intimate areas~ — perfect for when you're camping or post-gym and want to quickly clean up and don't have the time or ability to take a full shower.

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    Cora, the body care brand behind the wipes, uses a portion of the profits from every sale to help provide period care and education to young people in need in developing countries.

    Promising review: "The wipes no have real odor. They are super quick and convenient! I go camping a lot and that’s why I was how I found them! They worked amazing! I stayed clean and fresh the whole time! While camping things get smelly, gross, and dirty so it’s nice to stop that with these wipes! Also used them on my period and it was the perfect solution, for when I getting blood on me and I can’t go shower to clean up!" —Mariah

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in seven sizes).

    20. A cheeky pouch to keep your pads and tampons from spilling out all over the bottom of your bag, and also give you a quick "LOL" on a day you could probably use a few.

    Woobie's Gifts/Etsy

    Woobie's Gifts is a Virginia-based Etsy shop established in 2007 that specializes in pad and tampon pouches and face masks.

    Promising review: "Super cute!! I was a little worried it would be too big but it’s the perfect size. I even contacted the seller to please make the zipper red and they gladly did! 11/10." —mezaiddee

    Get it from Woobie's Gifts on Etsy: the Vampire Tea Bags for $9.95 and the Puddles Bag for $9.95.

    21. A menstrual soft disc — if you're unfamiliar, the ring sits at the base of the cervix like a menstrual cup, and holds five tampons worth of period blood. It's not as eco-friendly as menstrual cups, since they're disposable, *but* a lot of people swear by them for having mess-free sex on their periods, so the designated "period towel" doesn't have to be sacrificed yet again.

    A model holding up the ring, which has a transparent cup for collecting period blood
    Amazon

    Other reasons some people prefer the disc — unlike with menstrual cups, these tend to adapt to different sizes more easily, and can hold slightly more, so there's slightly less of a risk of overflowing. People also swear by these for active sports and swimming!

    Promising review: "Couldn't be happier with Softcups! They have made periods so much easier to bear. Everything they are advertised as, are true. I had no problem with leakage, even during sex, swimming, and everything else advertised. I have extreme cramps that are almost unbearable. These cups actually made my cramps into a dull murmur." —Marisa

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A jar of Aztec healing clay masks to calm your acne and skin, which can really come in handy if you're someone who breaks out on or around your period (*glares at my own forehead*).

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    People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! A heads-up that many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.

    Promising review: "I break out every month, one week before my period, this lasts for like two weeks after my period, sometimes it just goes on and never stops. I started this and my last period was awesome because I had a few breakouts and it didn’t last long. now I’ll stock on this because I’ll keep using it, it’s really amazing." —Gentle

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    23. Or a set of popular acne patches to spot treat the worst of your period acne, and help reduce not just the redness and size of large spots, but also the pain.

    A reviewer image of an acne spot, then another of the patch, then an "after" pic of the same acne spot looking much less red and raised
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    Promising review: "I love these! I break out pretty bad around my period, mainly on my chin/under my chin. I put one of these on when I feel it and peel it off when my day is done. They are very adhesive and clear. I do have some problems wearing foundation over them, but I just pat my foundation lightly over it and try not to touch it, because it will rub off. I find the smaller ones harder to use though. These are basically just little pieces of tape that pull the sebum out instead of you popping the spots and causing blood to come out and to scab. So, for the reason of avoiding those side effects, These are worth it." —Gin

    Get a set of 96 patches from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. A soothing caffeine-free herbal tea blended with cinnamon bark, red raspberry leaf, and ginger root reviewers love to help ease cramping and PMS symptoms.

    Box of "periodic tea" for PMS, period, and postpartum
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Definitely helps! Bought it for usual pre and post menstrual symptoms and I take it when I feel I need the little extra help. Helps with mood swings and cravings in my experience, you should give it a try if you struggle with those horrible days of the month!" —ceci B

    Get a pack of 16 for $5.48.

    All of us out here ~going with the flow~:

    The CW

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