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It happens to the best of us — you run out of pads or tampons just before your period starts.
Usually, it would just be another annoying errand to check off after work, but stay-at-home orders likely mean you’re limiting how frequently you go to stores. Plus, you might be seeing personal care items, including toilet paper and tampons, sold out lots of places.
You may want to buy a couple months worth of period products online so you can avoid the long lines and contact with other folks.
And while boxes of Tampax at Target and Always at Amazon might be out of stock (or shipping with delayed deliveries), we found some of the overlooked best places to get all kinds of period care — including tampons, pads, menstrual cups and period underwear. When it comes to that time of the month, on-time delivery is necessary.
Places like Lola and Cora offer organic period care essentials, and Walgreens still has brands like Kotex and Playtex in stock, if that’s your thing. We’ve put together a guide to where to get all your feminine hygiene products below.
Check out the best places to find period care products:
1. Athena Club
While you might have seen Athena Club’s blue bottles of body lotion and pastel razors all over Instagram, you might have missed that the brand has an entire section of its site dedicated to period care products.
Athena Club has liners for lighter days, an eco-friendly period cup that comes in two sizes, and pads and tampons made completely from organic cotton. The brand’s tampons are top-rated, too, with a 4.8-star rating across more than 300 reviews.
With Athena Club, you can create your own custom subscription. Period care products can be delivered every month, every other month or every three months.
Hiding in this sexual wellness section are menstrual care products from Saalt, which is known for its sustainable menstrual cups. At Anthropologie, you’ll find both Saalt’s small and regular menstrual cups, along with a product to clean them.
We even have a review of Saalt’s menstrual cup, in case you’re curious about how a cup actually works.
Cora has applicator-free tampons, period pads, and a menstrual cup with its own vegan leather clutch and how-to guide. There are also bladder liners and heat relief patches for cramps. Cora’s tampons, pads and liners are all made with organic cotton.
You can specify how many tampons and pads you want in a month, a mix of them (if you want overnight or regular) and your payment cycle (yearly or every three months).
If you don’t want to take a trip to CVS, you can always just order online at CVS.
CVS has lots of the traditional period care products that you would expect to see in a drugstore aisle, like Stayfree pads with wings and U by Kotex compact tampons. You can find the famous DivaCup there, too.
Keep in mind, though, that lots of the period products at CVS don’t have free shipping unless your order is $35 or more. So you might add something for period pain relief to your cart, too.
But the brand also has a collection of personal care products that include period care items.
You’ll find Natracare cotton tampons and Seventh Generation tampons that are hypoallergenic, as well as thin pads with wings. Grove Collaborative also carries period panties that can be washed and reworn.
You can pick what kind of assortment (like regular pads vs. heavy ones) you’d like in your subscription box. There’s two delivery options for the boxes — every four weeks or every eight.
7. Ruby Love
Ruby Love has underwear that can be worn with or without a pad. And the brand’s period panties come in different cuts like bikini, hipster, brief and high-waisted.
There’s period underwear for everything — this bikini panty can be worn alone or with a pad, tampon or menstrual cup, depending on your flow. There’s a high-waisted one that can be worn the same way and has a full-coverage fit. Ruby Love offers four-piece bundles, too.
If you’re looking for washable and reusable underwear to wear during your period, Thinx has you covered. Thinx’s period panties are supposed to replace putting on a pad or tampon, but you can also wear them with a tampon or cup for extra protection.
With Thinx, you can choose from classic panties (in styles that have super absorbency), organic cotton ones (which come in briefs and bikinis) and others that are made with ultra-thin micromesh. The brand even has activewear — you can get training shorts or a leotard with light absorbency.
Each panty has a “drop” rating to let you know how absorbent it is, so you’re not left guessing. Thinx has saver sets of its period underwear as well.
Don’t feel like going to the drugstore? Don’t worry, Walgreens has lots of feminine care products in stock online.
Walgreens still has Tampax tampons, Always pads that are top-rated and different models of the DivaCup. And the company even has natural and organic period care products, if you’re searching for eco-friendlier options.