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    27 Products To Help Make That Time Of The Month A Little Easier

    Because what if those seven days a month didn't completely suck?

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    1. A starter menstrual cup perfect for anyone who's been thinking about making the switch but hasn't yet. This comfortable silicone cup even has a removal loop so taking it out will be as easy as 1-2-3!

    the lily cup one against a copper background

    Promising review: "I have always been intrigued by menstrual cups, but was a bit fearful as they seemed complex to use. I didn't know which one to choose, and after some research into quality and the best cups for first time users, I got the Lily Cup One. I'm on my second cycle using it, and I feel like a pro. I have a job where I can't always go to the washroom when I want to, and with this cup, I don't have to worry about checking for leakage for 12 hours. It is absolutely life changing. It's good for the environment and reduces waste on top of it all. I will definitely be buying more Intimina products." —Holly GoLightly

    Get it from Intimina for $24.95.

    2. An adjustable heating pad you can use to target your cramp pains and melt them away. And feel free to take a nap with this on since it'll automatically turn off after two hours.

    a model lays on a couch with the electric heating pad on their stomach

    Promising review: "This is such a lifesaver for menstrual cramps. It heats up super fast, and I appreciate there’s a timer so I don’t accidentally leave it on for too long. I've recommended to all my friend and family." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    3. A time-marked water bottle – because staying hydrated during your period is absolutely necessary! This bottle will help you make sure you drink at least one gallon a day.

    It's also BPA-free and air-insulated so your water stays cold longer!

    Promising review: "Yes, this water bottle costs a lot, but it is the best! It is very lightweight and easy to carry around. Because you can close the tip of the straw, you don't have to worry about the straw getting dirty. Because I am the type of person who needs to reminded or forced to drink water, and this bottle serves the purpose. It helps me stay on track. I wish I did not spend money on other bottles and just bought this one a long time ago!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    4. A heated Shiatsu massager with three speeds and eight deep-kneading massage nodes so aching and sore muscles will be a thing of your past.

    A series of images of a model using the shiatsu massager on different parts of their body

    Promising review: "I got this because about once a month, I get serious cramps and knots in my shoulders. I am really impressed at how effective it is! It's like having someone do focused deep tissue work. I rarely take the time to write reviews, but this was worth it." —Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

    5. A set of three tri-density stress balls so you'll have a safe place to exorcise any pain you might be feeling while also working to strengthen your joints. Dare I say win-win?

    reviewer image of a hand squeezing one of the serenilite hand therapy balls

    Promising review: "The three different resistances of the balls make for a nice selection, and the fabric is high quality. I can tell it won't rip or tear. These are the nicest stress balls I own. I would recommend!" —James Wazam

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    6. A beginner's Gaiam yoga kit because getting your body moving and endorphins flowing might just help fight those cramps (and that pesky bloating).

    reviewer image of the gaiam beginner's yoga kit

    This ~balanced~ kit comes with a yoga mat, a yoga block, a yoga strap, and a beginner's DVD.

    Promising review: "I am not very limber and I have chronic spine issues, so having a block and strap was essential for me to do yoga. Before using this, I always ended up hurting myself or feeling bad about myself because I couldn't complete the stretches and would just give up. This kit made everything go so smoothly; I can adjust the block or the strap to help me stretch without hurting myself (or falling over). And I highly recommend the sitting techniques in the DVD as well as the meditation." —blightheavy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.57+ (available in three colors).

    7. A customizable box of organic tampons from Lola that are hypoallergenic and made with 100% cotton. With Lola, you know *exactly* what's going into your body.

    a model's hand reaches for one of two displayed LOLA tampons

    Promising review: "The best tampons I've ever used! I can feel the difference from the fit to my pH. The fit is so much easier in every way and now I don't have to sacrifice leakage for comfort. I am able to customize my box and add a couple higher absorbency tampons for my heavy days that don't cause me pain. LOLA customer for life." —Ashera V

    Get it from Lola for $9+ (available in four sizes).

    8. An aromatherapy roll-on migraine stick to target those period-induced headaches. Its blend of essential oils will make you think you've treated yourself to a spa day (which you should).

    BuzzFeed editor applies migraine stick to her forehead

    Promising review: "After reading an article on BuzzFeed that touted this product, I bought one for my boyfriend who suffers from awful, frequent headaches. It WORKS. Not only does he swear by it, he has purchased them for his Mom and several friends. FANTASTIC." —SarahElizabeth

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    9. A flat-fit menstrual cup designed so that you can safely wear it during ~sexy~ time. And with 12-hour protection, you're definitely wanna give that a try ;)

    the ziggy cup

    Promising review: "I was very excited when I read that this cup can be worn during sex, which I find a real plus! I’m a first time cup user and after a little trail and error, I quickly figured it out. The cup is self-emptying when going to the bathroom, so that’s also a plus. I also found it easy to remove, clean, and put back in when in the shower. I didn’t experience any leaking, and I’ll definitely only be using this during my menstruation!" —Vroni

    Get it from Intimina for $35.95.

    10. A tin of chamomile tea because its properties might help relieve pain from cramps *and* it's just a good-tasting, soothing, herbal concoction. And you deserve some soothing during this rough week.

    a glass mug full of chamomile tea

    Promising review: "I have purchased at least six different teas from Harney and Sons, and I love them. I love the sachets, and the tea is beyond fresh and accompanied by lovely scents. The chamomile is delightful and fragrant. I've been drinking different brands of chamomile for years, and this is by far my favorite. Delicate and flowery. Very soothing and calming. It's delicious" —Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in eight other flavors).

    11. A set of five leakproof period underwear from Knix because the last thing anyone should have to worry about during a heavy flow is whether their sheets or (very white) pants have blown their cover.

    the Mixed Flow Period Kit

    This set comes with: two pairs of Super Leakproof Underwear, two pairs of Leakproof Underwear, and one pair of Dream Shorts.

    Promising review: "This kit keeps me protected throughout my whole cycle. I start wearing Leakproof when I know my period is coming and then change to Super Leakproof around day two or three when it gets heavy. And then I switch back to Leakproof until I’m in the clear! Bonus night-time protection with the super comfy Dream Shorts!" —Rita B.

    Get it from Knix for $115+ (available in sizes S-XXXL).

    12. A washable bed sheet protector so you can free bleed to your heart's (and body's) content. Because nothing is worse than waking up and having to add *emergency laundry* to your to-do list.

    the black cycleliners period bed sheet protector on a bed

    Promising review: "No more stained sheets! This sheet protector works so well! I have always had a very heavy menstrual cycle, so I would often leak through my overnight pads. I used to put towels under me, but they were uncomfortable and would move around since I toss and turn. This protector stays in place and saves your sheets!" —ANDREA

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in twin-king and in two colors).

    13. A 3-pack of heat patches that warm up quickly and provide hours of relief. And since they're super thin, they'll contour to wherever you're feeling pain.

    individual menstrual heating patches in a basket

    Just remember not to apply the adhesive directly onto your skin!

    Promising review: "It's really tough for me to deal with menstrual pain since I get VERY bad cramps. Today I couldn't even move. After I stuck this on, my cramps stopped within 15 minutes. These things work WONDERS. Please don't hesitate to buy them. You won't regret it. It relieves so much pain and stress." —Tahra J. West

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A wearable acupressure clip to relieve tension and similar saboteurs like headaches, nausea, and back pain.

    a model wearing the wearable acupressure clip on their hand
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Great tool in between acupuncture sessions. Easy to use and helps with tension and headaches." —M

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    15. A pack of three natural cotton pantyliners so you can have breathable protection from spotting that'll allow you to breathe easy, too!

    reviewer image of a veeda panty liner on underwear

    Promising review: "I was looking for some light liners to use postpartum after all the major bleeding stopped. I was using pads that irritated my perineal area where I had stitches, so I was looking for liners that would not cause the same irritation. Many daily liners are just too thin. These are a perfect thickness. Not as thin as a daily liner but definitely thin enough to not be noticeable and to wear on a daily basis. They also did not irritate my healing perineum in ways that other pads and liners did." —Ashley C

    Get it from Amazon for $12.54.

    16. A cute and reusable maxi pad with wings that snap together so your panties stay stain-free. Made with breathable cotton, they'll keep your bits breezy.

    three aisle maxi pads against a red and orange backdrop

    Made in Canada, Aisle's reusable pads can hold up to four tampons' worth of liquid!

    Promising review: "I decided to try reusable pads, especially for sleeping at night. All their pads are amazing! They're so much better than disposable pads!!! It feels like a cloud! And they are really great quality! I recommend." —Alissa B

    Get it from Aisle for $19 (available in three sizes and four prints).

    17. A menstrual cup steamer that'll sterilize your cup in just three minutes! All you have to do is plug it in and add water to have a menstrual cup as pristine as the day you bought it.

    reviewer image of the pixie menstrual cup steamer on a bathroom counter

    Promising review: "I’ve been using menstrual cups for several years now and I love them! However, the hassle of trying to keep them properly clean means boiling water and letting them soak for 15-20 minutes. That's a bit tough when you’re needing your cup. This product has been a game changer! Fast and convenient! I take my cup out and sanitize it while I'm showering in the morning, and it’s ready when I get out." —April

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    18. A pink corduroy tampon case so you don't have to settle for the tattered tampon at the bottom of your bag. Store up to 10 regular-sized tampons in this case, and you'll always be ready in case of an emergency.

    the pink curduroy tampon case
    Rachel Made Company

    Get it from Rachel Made Company on Etsy for $10.

    19. An all-purpose stain remover for when the surprise leak catches surprise. A few spritzes of this cleaner and your favorite skirt will no longer have an iffy blob on the back.

    Promising review: "I’m incredibly pleased with the effectiveness of this stain remover. Blood, berry smoothie, some random ink stain. All gone with no elbow grease (and from white and cream colored shirts, respectively.) You won’t be disappointed!" —Brooke McGill

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in bottles and as wipes).

    20. A colorfully flavorful chocolate wheel from Dylan's Candy Bar with assorted flavors to match your assorted period moods. And with 56 chocolate bars, you'll likely have to make some moods up *just* to get your hands on some chocolatey goodness.

    the chocolate wheel
    Dylan's Candy Bar

    Get it from Dylan's Candy Bar for $45.

    21. An angled menstrual cup so flexible, it can be rolled as thin as an actual tampon! That means it can sit up higher for those with a higher cervix or heavy monthly flow. Finally, comfort comes in your size.

    the lily cup against a rolled fabric background

    Promising review: "I've tried many, many menstrual cups and nearly gave up on them. Thankfully, after realizing that I have a high cervix, I bit the bullet and bought this one. I am so happy with it! The length is perfect for me. It sits high up inside, so I don't lose it inside like I did the others. The other aspect of design that I like is the tapered bottom, making it easy to remove. The 'bell'-shaped cups were painful to remove for me. The super soft, silky silicone slides gently in and out, and I feel comforted knowing the 'no-spill rim' will help prevent any leaks." —Lexi

    Get it from Intimina for $29.95.

    22. A pack of organic pads that are simultaneously super thin *and* super absorbent, because you shouldn't have to compromise on comfort just to avoid leakage. You deserve better!

    the nannocare nannopad box

    Promising review: "This is the best pad ever. I’m a really heavy bleeder, and I had no soak-throughs, no stained underwear, and no stained pants. Just a comfortable and absorbent pad. Less anxiety on an already miserable week. Because having cramps and bloating and feeling icky is horrible, worrying about your pad bleeding through makes it even worse. But now I have stress-free cycles!" —Ana

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in larger pack sizes).

    23. A 4-pack of ultra soft tissues because now *just* the intro theme music to Grey's Anatomy has you weepy. Have these durable and soft tissues at the ready!

    a 6-pack of kleenex ultra soft tissues

    Promising review: "Kleenex tissues are consistently soft and hold up when blowing your nose. No other brand can compare!" —sherip11

    Get it from Target for $6.49 (available in three pack sizes).

    24. A pack of pH balanced bamboo wipes infused with natural oils so you stay clean *and* moisturized!

    reviewer image of the cora ph balance bamboo wipes

    Promising review: "I love this product so much. As someone who is SUPER sensitive (I mean so sensitive that certain laundry sheets even make my lady bits flip out), this has been so gentle on me and my body loves it. I use it for everything; after intercourse, after going to the bathroom, and more. I recommend this to everyone who asks about wipes." —Shelby Fairchild

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in six pack sizes).

    25. A microwaveable heating pad that doubles as a comforting llama plush that you can cuddle until the pain goes away.

    a model cuddling the huggable llama cooling and heating pad
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I would absolutely recommend this to anyone! It’s perfect for muscle aches and cramps, and the lavender smell is amazing! It’s cute and soft which makes it comfortable to use unlike other heating pads I’ve used. And better yet, you don't need a cord to use it!" —MkaylaL02

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.

    26. A box of trusty Midol Complete to help soothe aches, cramps, fatigue, and bloating, because you have too much to do to let PMS rule your day!

    reviewer image of a box of midol complete

    Promising review: "I get debilitating cramps every month that are completely unbearable. I finally decided to try medication (I rarely take anything ever) and I am SO GLAD that I did. This actually works to take away all of the pain. I’m shocked because my cramps are that severe. Don’t suffer anymore! This actually works!" —AG

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67+.

    27. And a bag of lavender-scented Epsom salt for a relaxing soak that'll also help with aches and pains. Treat yourself to a spa day in your own bathroom!

    A bowl of saltworks lavender scented epsom salt

    Promising review: "After battling a busy schedule and allergies all week, it was wonderful to take a relaxing 20-minute soak using these Lavender Epsom Salts by Saltworks. I followed the directions on the bag, and my bath helped me relax and calm my mind. The lavender scent was just what I expected. I can really see the benefit to less stress in my life!" —Debbie T.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88+ (available in two sizes).

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