Period Products for Teens: Our Top Picks
What are the best period products for teens? You’ve most certainly come to the right place! We’ll give you all the details you need to know about:
- First period starter kits
- Period panties
- Reusable cloth menstrual pads
- The Lily Cup One, and Oi Cup (menstrual cup) for teens
- Organic tampons
Our goal is to help you figure out the best period protection for your body type and needs. Keep on reading!
Period Shopping: What to Buy
#1: First Period Starter Kit
If you’re a parent looking for some period products for your tween, then you’ll need to consider a first period starter kit. They vary widely in what they include, but almost all of them have some basic information about menstruation, and a sample of a few different feminine hygiene products.
One of our favourite kits is the Anigan First Period Kit, which includes the following:
- My “First period booklet”
- Period tracker diary (for 1 year)
- Anigan period panties
- Instant heat pack
- Velvet pouch
- 2 packs of small scented bags to dispose of used sanitary products
- 2 sanitary pads
You can check out our full review here: Anigan First Period Starter Kit Review.
#2: Period Panties
Next up on our list of the best period products for teens are period panties. They’re similar to regular underwear in terms of design, colour and style options, but they contain an extra layer of protection.
In some cases, they have a leakproof layer which prevents leaks. However, you have to use them with a pad, tampon or menstrual cup.
Some other menstrual panties have an absorbent layer, as well as a leakproof barrier. Most people use them with another period product, but if you have a very, very light period, you could use these alone.
Find out our top picks here: Top 5 Period Panties.
Or, check out Knixteen’s period panties.
#3: Reusable Cloth Pads
The next period product for teens to consider are reusable cloth menstrual pads. They’re similar in design and function to disposable sanitary napkins, but they’re made from cloth. This means that they’re reusable for up to a few years.
You’ll be well on your way to having an eco-friendly, affordable period experience that’s free from toxic chemicals.
The major negative to cloth pads is that they stay in place on your underwear with snaps on the wings, instead of a sticky back like with disposables. This means that they can shift around a little bit if you exercise a lot. Otherwise, they make an excellent choice!
For more details, check out our picks here: Top 5 Reusable Menstrual Pads.
If you’re not sure how to choose between menstrual underwear and reusable cloth pads, we’ve done the hard work for you! Be sure to check out: Reusable Cloth Pads vs. Period Panties (head to head showdown).
#4: Lily Cup One for Teens
Previously, we used to recommend that teens just use a very small menstrual cup. However, Intimina has come out with the Lily Cup One, which is specifically for teenagers. It’s very small, short and soft, and most teenager will have some great results with it.
Menstrual cups have a number of advantages over tampons, including the following:
- Better for the environment. 5-10 menstrual cups vs. 11,000+ tampons over a lifetime.
- Save money. You can save thousands of dollars by making the switch.
- TSS. Lower your risk of toxic shock syndrome when compared to tampons.
For more details about this very small menstrual cup for teens, check out: Lily Cup One Review.
Lily Cup One: Great for Beginners
Oi Cup (Menstrual Cup)
Another great option for teens is the Oi Cup (small). This menstrual cup is specifically designed for people under the age of 19 who don’t regularly have penetrative sex. It’s made by a company in New Zealand, and unlike most cups made from silicone, it’s made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE).
With a diameter of 35 ml, and a length of 60 mm, it’s both noticeably smaller and shorter than average. This can make it a bit less intimidating than some of the larger menstrual cups if you’re just starting out.
Compared to the Lily Cup One, we find the Oi Cup a bit easier to insert and get to not leak because it’s not collapsible. However, it can be a little bit more expensive, so it’s up to what you prefer.
More Information and Where to Buy the Oi Menstrual Cup
If you’re like to learn more about the Oi Cup from New Zealand, you’ll want to check this out: Review of the Oi Menstrual Cup.
Or, you can check out the Oi Cup for yourself over on Amazon:
#5: Organic Tampons
The final option on our list of period products for teens are organic tampons. Although they’re a bit more expensive than non-organic ones, we prefer them for a couple of reasons:
- They’re great for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Try them out for a couple cycles and see if you notice a difference.
- You can reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals with organic tampons.
For our top choices, you’ll want to check this out: Top 5 Organic Tampons.
Period Products for Teens: Have your Say!
What is your top period product for teenagers? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.