3 Best Period Products for People With PCOS
Periods are a bit of a sore spot for people with PCOS, as you probably already know.
An irregular menstrual cycle is an extremely common symptom of PCOS, but it’s not the only way that PCOS can affect your period. Some PCOS sufferers experience heavy bleeding, often accompanied by painful cramps.
Regardless – periods tend not to be a barrel of laughs when you have PCOS. However, using the right period products can, at least, help to relieve some stress and discomfort.
That in mind, we rounded up some of the best menstrual products on the market for people with PCOS.
3 of the best period products for people with PCOS
1. Wuka Perform Seamless Midi Brief
Period pants are always good to have in your arsenal – particularly when you have PCOS – and Wuka’s Perform Seamless Mini Briefs have our vote for best time-of-the-month knicks.
Now, if you’re new to period underwear, know that it’s incredibly efficient. Multiple absorbent and breathable layers prevent leakage – and there’s no sweating, either. It’s revolutionary, truly.
Wuka’s Perform Seamless Midi Briefs are super comfy – sort of silky to the touch – and offer generous coverage sans any chunky seams. There are three flow options – light, medium, and heavy, with the latter offering the equivalent of 4 tampon’s worth of absorption – yet none feel in any way bulky.
They’re made from recycled nylon and whilst, yes, they do require a heftier upfront investment than, say, a pack of pads, they last around two years (based on a regular cycle) so you’ll get your money’s worth.
2. Ohne Naked Tampons
You know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Which, in this instance, can be interpreted as: if you’re comfortable using tampons and want to continue using tampons, that’s cool. But, know that not all tampons are created equal.
Ohne’s Naked Tampons are up there with the best of them. They’re plastic- and bleach-free (which should surely be the standard but, alas, is not), hypoallergenic, and cruelty free. They’re also leak-proof and 100% biodegradable.
Ohne offers period product subscriptions – not always ideal when you have PCOS, however, you can choose between a standard or bespoke kit, a frequency of every 2 weeks, 1 month, or 2 months, and you can edit, skip or de-activate your kit at any time. Not bad.
The tampons are made from 100% organic cotton, and are available with regular, super, and super+ absorbency.
3. The Saalt Cup
If you tend to experience heavy bleeding, then a menstrual cup might just be the period product for you.
Why? Because, as the name suggests, it collects – rather than absorbing – your period, meaning that it can hold more blood. It’s super practical, since you can leave it in for up to 12 hours, and moneysaving in the long run.
How do you use a menstrual cup? Simply insert as you would a tampon (which can take a bit of getting used to), remove when you’re ready to, empty, rinse, and repeat.
We like The Saalt Cup for its high quality manufacturing (it’s made from 100% medical grade silicone) and its ease of use (it’s slightly firmer than most other menstrual cups so it’s easier to get into position). It comes in two sizes and three colours, and is BPA-, latex-, toxin-, and cruelty-free.