When I first heard of Reusable Menstrual Products, commonly known as RUMPs, one of the first things that sprung to mind was stories of women from older generations using pieces of cloth for their periods during their monthly menstrual cycle.

And so I thought, why in the world of disposable convenience would anyone choose anything that they would have to wash and use again? Surely that was going backwards? However, the thrifty, wannabe environmentally conscious, minimalist in me took over and I quickly concluded that it might not be such a bad idea after all.

So why choose RUMPs?

1. They’re pocket-friendly!

Although the upfront cost of some RUMPs is more than grabbing packs of disposables off the shelves, the length of time they can be reused makes it very much worth it. Which means more money in your pocket in the long run – and less being paid as  tampon tax! (In the UK and EU VAT is paid on tampons and other sanitary products, as these are classed as luxury and non -essential products opposed to other ‘necessities’ which are exempt – and there’s been a huge call for this to be abolished, because really what’s more necessary than menstrual products for women?)

2. They’re better for your body

No harmful chemicals, dyes, and fragrances that can be absorbed into your body through your vagina. Some RUMPs even have little to no risks of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

3 They’re kinder to the environment

Switching over to reusable products means fewer tampons and pads being disposed of by millions of women daily. Less waste going to landfills and since most RUMPs are biodegradable, that’s even better for the planet.

Sounds awesome right? It did to me too and so I fell down the rabbit hole of researching these supposedly amazing alternative menstrual products. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a variety of RUMPs. Here are some I discovered:

1.    Reusable Menstrual Cup

This is probably one of the most popular reusable menstrual products and my personal favourite so far. It is a small, flexible cup usually made of medical-grade silicon. Similar to a tampon, it is inserted into the vagina where it collects menstrual fluids. Once full it is removed, washed and reinserted. They come in so many shapes, sizes and capacities so there is one for everyone.

2.    Reusable Pads and Panty Liners

If you’re more of a pad wearer, you’re sorted too. These are just like mainstream pads and liners but made from a variety of materials like cotton or organic bamboo on the top and lined with highly absorbent material. They are usually secured to the underwear by snaps (poppers). If you’re good at DIY, you can save yourself even more money by making your own pads and liners.

3.    Period Panties

These are panties that are lined with absorbent materials and can soak up varying amounts of blood. Depending on your flow, they can even be worn without needing a panty liner or pad.

4.    Menstrual Discs

These are similar to menstrual cups in that they are inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluids. However, they are a different shape and sit in the vagina differently. As they don’t block the vaginal canal, their biggest selling point is the possibility of wearing them during sex and thus have a mess-free one.

5.    Sea Sponge Tampons

As the name suggests, these are pieces of sea sponge that can be inserted into the vagina like tampons. They come in different sizes that allow varying levels of absorbency. Here’s a fun fact: way before all the birth control that we have today, they were also used as a form of contraceptive.

6.    Reusable Tampons

These are just like the tampons you find on the shelves, but made from organic cotton or bamboo, which are sewn, crocheted or folded into the shape of a tampon and can be washed and reused.

7.    Interlabial Pads

I recently discovered these and my first thought was “wow who thought of these!” Basically, they are tampon or petal shaped mini pads held in the place by the labia that can absorb or at least channel the flow of menstrual fluid. This is particularly useful for those who tend to gush, which causes an uncomfortable feeling. It can also be useful for light incontinence.

You must be curious enough by now!  I really encourage everyone to give at least one of these a try. Even if we won’t try it for our bodies or our pockets, let’s do it for our planet. I have tried some of these myself and will review a couple so you know how I got on!

Tell me what you think – do you use RUMPs, have you tried in the past, are you willing to consider now or are you still unconvinced?


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  1. Paula Olaitan Benedict

    July 17, 2018 at 08:15

    Wow… thanks for sharing… really curious to try one.

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:30

      YAY! Hope you join Team RUMPs!

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  2. Oluwatoyosi Bakare

    July 17, 2018 at 08:29

    💃💃💃💃.. thank you for this KachiThis has further strengthened my resolve to make the reusable pads for those girls in the improvised area in Warri

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:29

      Hi! I’m so glad to hear that. All the best with your project! 😀

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      • Oluwatoyosi Bakare

        July 28, 2018 at 12:15

        Thank you Mercy

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  3. 'Yinda

    July 17, 2018 at 08:46

    Menstrual discs sound exciting (the fact that you can have sex with it) but the idea of washing blood, hell no! Proudly team use and dispose.

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:28

      HAHA! Washing blood is really not as gross as you think but maybe I’m weird. If you ever try a menstrual disc, come back and let us know. Hope you join team use and reuse! 😉

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  4. Tomie

    July 17, 2018 at 08:50

    It would have been nice if the article came with the various pictures of each rump as I had to be opening multiple tabs to google each one individually. As long as I have to wash or rinse out it’s a no for me sadly, so I don’t think I will ever toe the line of reuseable menstrual products. But this was an interesting article to read, it’s nice to see the various options available.

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:34

      Oh I’m sorry about the pictures. And I still hope to win you over to Team RUMPs. Eventhough washing and rinsing sounds inconvenient, it’s really notso bad. Been using them for almost a year and very comfortable!

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  5. Hilda

    July 17, 2018 at 09:08

    Anything I have to insert or wash is a big NO for me but it’s interesting to see that there are so many options. Prior to this post, I’d only heard of Menstrual cups. I’m still team use and dispose but who knows I may change my mind tomorrow or not. LOOL!!!

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    • Afoma

      July 17, 2018 at 12:06

      LOL SAME, I was like EWWWW. 😭

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:23

      HAHA!! I can’t imagine using a disposable product anymore, that’s how comfortable and confident I am with RUMPs. Just try one please! 😀

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  6. Afoma

    July 17, 2018 at 12:08

    I really want to help the environment and all, but how ABSORBENT are these? And I have to wash it too??? Can we just make biodegradable stuff instead? 😭 I don’t know, I’d like more photos and maybe a trial but I don’t know.afomaumesi.com

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:21

      I can confidently say that absorbency is not an issue with RUMPs. There’s a product for every flow. Yes you have to wash but it really isn’t so bad. I haven’t used a disposable product in nearly a year and I have no intention of switching back. Hope you join me! 😀

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  7. 'Dara

    July 17, 2018 at 14:19

    I am all for protecting the environment but I’m still not sure I am willing to consider this. So many questions- how absorbent are they? how comfortable are they? The thought of having to wash my own blood irks me out. I hate the sight of blood. (Cringing right now at the thought). If I’m going to be out the whole day, does this mean I end up carrying used pads/ tampons in my bag all day?On another note,I think it is rather annoying that menstrual products would be classified as luxury products.

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    • Mercy

      July 18, 2018 at 09:14

      Believe me, they are highly absorbent! There are so many options within options for different needs. And they are really not as inconvenient as you imagine. I will be reviewing some of them soon. I hope I can win you over eventually…and yes I totally agree, menstrual products should never be a luxury!

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  8. Bababi

    July 23, 2018 at 12:04

    sadly still unconvinced…..Yikes! I could help but say “eeewwww” while reading this. It’s good knowledge as I hadn’t heard of these before, but the sight and smell of menstrual fluids is just irritating to me. I’ll stick to tampons, thank you.

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  9. Raks.

    July 25, 2018 at 20:22

    I’m concerned about germs and exposure. How do you store reusable materials? How do you know when they’re clean enough? What if I don’t have the time to wash immediately? So many questions! Also washing regular panties is enough stress for me. Washing blood? Lmao having a shower on my period disgusts me. Can’t imagine washing the blood. I’ll pass.

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  10. yevandy

    July 28, 2018 at 16:58

    is it weird that I have never seen any of these before? wow… what an education…becomingyeva.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 28, 2018 at 17:06

      Not weird at all!.

      Reply
  11. Tamie

    September 2, 2018 at 23:17

    I’ve been hearing about this lately ,and I would love to try it..first though, is to get my head around washing them .

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