Periods were not a big topic in my house growing up. I was living with two men who didn’t know a bloody thing about menstruating, and although I did have a steady supply of products, they weren’t in the bathroom- I would have to hide my cycles and banish my bloating and PMS to fetal-position floor lying in my room until I could muster up the strength to retain vertical-ness again. It sucked, sure, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as most women in developing countries have it. If your mind leaps to menstruation huts in Africa, there’s also a serious case to be made in Canada too, with a staggering 1 in 3 Canadians under the age of 25 struggle to afford their monthly necessities. And the pandemic hasn’t made it any easier to afford or access these products either.

As a mother of two girls, both of a certain age, period products have gotten a huge transformation since I had the talk (I guess, I never had the talk). While researching for my own flock, I got inspired to share new eco-friendly finds, charitable partnerships and the latest in pain relief management.

Read on, it’s a brave new world ladies.

Nixit

Able to contain up to four tampons worth, Nixit is a suction-free cup made of medical-grade BPA-free material. This reusable wonder lasts for up to five years of your menstrual cycles saving money, the environment and a trip to Shoppers or ten. This cup checks a lot of boxes, and comes in at a svelte price point ($67). But the best claim for this comes lifted right off their site from a recent review: “I can’t explain the relief it is to wake up in the morning without having to wonder if my bed had been turned into yet another crime scene. The cup is comfortable, reliable and easy to use. I didn’t even bother wearing a sanitary pad today.” We can relate!

Knix

Dubbing themselves ‘Life-Proof Underwear‘ lets you in on what to expect from these revolutionary knickers. With more sizes, shapes and styles than you can shake a stick (or dick) at, Knix has you covered for periods, pee and sweat, expanding on what women really need, one less thing to worry about. Prices vary and come in kits to ensure the right coverage no matter the mood.

Aisle

Formerly Lunapads, Aisle is a Canadian B Corp certified for sustainability. Reusable is one of our favourite R’s, and here Aisle re-imagines pads into something durable, washable and dare we say fun? Boxer briefs, bikinis and their flagship product all make this company one to watch.

Cora Fearless Necklace

Beauty and function meet in this charitable endeavor aimed at easing the burden, expense and difficulty of accessing period resources in Kenya. The Cora Fearless Necklace holds an emergency tampon for you, and hope for those girls in Kenya who are in desperate need.

Livia

Think of this as a new-age Dr Ho just for your pelvic region. Livia is a discreet tool that you wear under your garments to provide drug-free pain relief when you are in need of it most. Stimulating your nerves to block pain, this bit of lady tech is a bit of a budget-buster starting at just under $200, but if you’re unable to take medications, a pain-free existence is worth its weight in gold.

With beaches awash in tampon applicators and pads clogging our landfills, it’s critical we do something immediate to rectify this collision course. Naturally. And stigma free. We’re women after all, if we can’t do it, who is going to do it for us?

lucky iron fish

Lucky Iron Fish

We all know the saying ‘iron helps us play‘ but it’s also something we lose every month during our period. Most women suffer from low-iron in our blood to begin with, so it’s vital to our health to ensure we’re replacing iron and not risking becoming anemic. Supplementing your iron intake with Lucky Iron Fish is easy and accesible, and far better tasting than the traditional vitamins. One $50 fish lasts five years, so it’s also quite affordable when you consider how expensive the bottled stuff is. And it’s easier for you to digest, resulting in less stress on your stomach, and let me break it down for you- the southern states could use a break right about now.

All photos by Libby Roach.