I use just about everything, except pads: yuck! Guess it takes all kinds, huh?
My main method is tampons. For years I used o.b., until on this very forum, I think it was Jocelyn who pointed out that the ingredients openly include polyester, and I suddenly realised that those little squares of white non-woven fabric I was pulling out of the toilet manure all these years were not
from volunteers using disposable hand-wipes, but from me
So I buy two brands of all-cotton organic tampons in the US, Seventh Generation
and Natracare organic tampons
. Such luxury to just drop tampons right down the composting toilet. I can tell you what that tiny 5th pocket on jeans is for: it's for plastic tampon wrappers!
But the all-cotton tampon brands don't come in the "ultra" size that o.b. offers so I was getting some leakage, so I also bought "period panties."
(big black panties with a triple layer in the middle panel) are great for that little extra leak when using a less than optimal solution, or shoulder days, or when you expect your period. I wouldn't rely on them as the sole method through a period, but they're great for allowing a little first leak to warn you to run to the bathroom without fear of leaking out onto clothing.
I wash period panties in the sink when I get home: rinse as throughly as possible, then apply whatever bar soap is around and scrub the cloth against itself vigorously. Then rinse again, wring out as hard as possible (really put your back into it), snap out hard so that it will dry soft and straight, and hang. Doesn't take but a minute or three, especially if on the same day.
I bought a pack of "Keepers" years ago, which were an earlier version of menstrual cups. They have strict warnings not to reuse them but of course I do, and one pack has lasted at least ten years. When I'm travelling in other parts of India where water toilets and especially squat toilets are the norm, cups are the best: nothing to throw away, water available, and squatting is the best position for pulling these out and washing them. I don't feel I'd like to just wipe it with paper and stick it back in, though. There's always one in my travelling bag so that at least I have that even if I haven't carried enough tampons. I don't use it much in Ladakh, where there aren't many water toilets.