From subscription UTI prevention to subscription makeup... the women's subscription box market is booming right now. Here are three subs we think are worthy of you checking out.
“If we care about the ingredients in everything from our food to our face cream, why should our feminine care and sexual health products be any different?” ask LOLA founders Jordana and Alex. It’s true, the world of women’s healthcare can be a confusing, convoluted place.
Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands
We’re busy people, but we still want the best for our bodies—especially if we’re pregnant or nursing. The past generations have had to make-do with products geared towards men or simply going without, but not so anymore. As a new generation of professional women ages, we have started to take matters into our own hands. We’re building the companies our mothers and grandmothers wish they’d had growing up.
What do we want from our healthcare products? Transparency. Natural ingredients. A larger mission. Here are three subscription-based women’s healthcare products that give us all that and much, much more. Let’s hear it for the girls.
1. Ritual: The Only Vitamin You Need
Skeptical about your daily vitamins? Not sure what you need to supplement your diet? Looking for a pill that’s all-natural, non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free?
“I founded Ritual with the belief that better health begins with better ingredients,” says Katerina Schneider, CEO & Founder of Ritual. “With us, you’ll know where everything is coming from and why it’s there.”
Ritual vitamins are made exclusively for women, based on extensive, continuous research by qualified professionals. The company is transparent about everything from their ingredients to their manufacturing process to their extensive team and research. They dissect the vitamin’s ingredients, listing the source and manufacturer for each ingredient, as well as explaining its uses, benefits, and origins.
What’s In A Ritual Vitamin?
Ritual vitamins are made up of Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Boron, Iron, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Folate, and Omega-3. Research has shown that these are the most helpful supplements to add to a woman’s diet, and that she is not likely to get them from food alone. The capsules, too, are made using cutting-edge technology that keeps the vitamins in their purest form and allows them to be absorbed in the most efficient way.
The Ritual site features research for each ingredient as well as an extensive FAQ page.
Get yours at ritual.com.
2. LOLA: Reproductive Care For Women, By Women
Our generation is finally starting to recognize how important it is to know what we’re putting in our bodies. That includes tampons and sex products like lubricants and condoms. What are they made of? How will they affect our bodies? How will they affect the environment when we dispose of them?
The more we talk openly about women’s healthcare products, the better those products become. LOLA is building a diverse community based on open dialogue to drive education, engagement, and advocacy for women.
100% Certified Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads, And Liners
LOLA started out manufacturing 100% Certified Organic cotton tampons. They are free of synthetic fibers, chemical additives, fragrance, dyes, and chlorine bleach. They come in four sizes and can be delivered directly to your door.
Organic Sex Products
LOLA now also sells condoms, lubricant, and cleansing wipes. Their sex products are gynecologist-approved and have all-natural ingredients free of parabens, petrochemicals, glycerin, synthetics, and fragrance.
The Best Part?
LOLA supports women in need by donating tampons to shelters through their partners Support The Girls, Simply The Basics, and Distributing Dignity.
Get your customizable subscription box at mylola.com.
3. Dmanna: Natural UTI Prevention Care
If you, like most women, have ever suffered a urinary tract infection, then you need this supplement. Dmanna was created by chronic sufferers with a mission to change the way we think about UTIs.
Scientifically Proven To Prevent UTIs
Dmanna is pure d-mannose, a naturally occurring sugar found in cranberries, blueberries, and other fruits. Although it looks like sugar to the bacteria in your urinary tract, it can’t be broken down the same way. When the bacteria binds to the d-mannose, it can’t bind to other sugars. It is most commonly known to prevent UTIs but has been proven to help other areas, including overall urinary tract health.
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Taking Dmanna Helps Prevent Overuse Of Antibiotics
Currently, antibiotics are the only known effective treatment for active urinary tract infections. By taking your daily dose of Dmanna and preventing recurrent urinary tract infections, you are avoiding antibiotics.
Why is this a good thing? Antibiotics can come with harmful side effects like nausea and diarrhea. The strongest, last-resort antibiotics like Cipro can even cause lasting nerve damage.
Antibiotics also clean out bacteria indiscriminately, without differentiating between the good and the bad. This can leave your immune system susceptible to other infections or even make way for multi-resistant strains of bacteria called “superbugs.” The CDC estimates that 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary. The more we use (and overuse) antibiotics, the more bacterial resistance we will see.
The kicker: Women who frequently take antibiotics for their UTIs end up getting more UTIs. So, the more antibiotics you have to take, the more UTIs you end up getting. It’s a vicious cycle that over 20% of women find themselves in. To stop the cycle, leading researchers and doctors recommend prevention as the primary way to manage UTIs.
How do you prevent UTIs? There are 2 scientifically proven solutions: 1) Dmanna and 2) Proper hydration. We need to act now to prevent infection before it happens, so that our antibiotics will be available and effective when we do need them for life-threatening infections.
SEE ALSO: What Is A Recurring UTI And How Do I Get Rid Of It?
On A Mission To Improve Women’s Health Across The Globe
Part of Dmanna’s mission is to reach out to developing countries across the globe and provide this life-altering UTI prevention supplement to women who do not have access to something as simple as basic healthcare. Many women in developing countries experience multi-resistant infections due to poor regulation of antibiotics. It’s time to stop the cycle and help those who need it most.
Support Dmanna’s mission while preventing your recurrent urinary tract infections. Find out more by clicking here.