Updated: Feb 18
There are now a number of period products available for use, including but not limited to:
menstrual cups (or menstrual discs)
With that said, there is no best period product to use, but each of the choices do have their pros and cons. When deciding what to use, it's important to ask yourself these three questions:
Is the period product I'm using comfortable for me?
Is the period product I'm using convenient for me?
Is the period product I'm using affordable for me?
If your answer is yes to all of the questions, then yes, the period product you are using is the best for you! You can see more pros and cons on the menstrual hygiene page here: https://www.violetproject.org/menstrual-health
However, if the period product you're using is not comfortable or inconvenient (for example, it doesn't provide you enough coverage because you have a heavier period), then it is worth trying a different product. For example, pads and tampons can go to larger sizes that can absorb more blood than the smaller sizes. Pads may be harder to use than tampons if you are very active during your period, but the tampon can be harder to insert and could cause problems if left in your body for too long. On affordability, pads and tampons are easier to find and cheaper per item than a menstrual cup or period underwear. Although, in the long run, menstrual cups and period underwear are reusable and may be cheaper.
Ultimately, finding the best period product may be a trial and error – after all, it's your body and your period!