Aussie influencer Domenica Calarco has admitted she takes part in ‘free bleeding’ during her period due to the high costs of sanitary products.
‘Free bleeding’ is a trend Gen Z women are embracing, opting to not use any sanitary products when menstruating in order to “honour their bodies”.
In a discussion on her Sit With Us podcast with co-host Ella Ding, the former MAFS star revealed she doesn’t buy pads and tampons because of Australia’s cost of living crisis.
When discussing organic sanitary products and how they are more expensive than regular ones, Calarco said she would prefer to use the organic ones, but can’t justify the soaring prices.
“You could be paying 10 bucks for pads!” Calarco said.
“Look, I would like organic cotton in my vagina. But I can’t justify spending $10 for seven pads.”
She added: “Sometimes I’m like… I’m just gonna free bleed in my undies and I’ll f**king wash it.”
The podcast snippet was shared to Instagram, with users recommending reusable period undies or menstrual cups to save money.
“Period undies, all the way!” One person wrote.
Another commented: “I haven’t used disposable period products in years. I use a menstrual cup and absolutely swear by it. I wish more people knew this was an option!!!”
A third person wrote: “Sanitary pads should be free.”
While some women like Calarco are opting to free bleed due to the high costs of sanitary products, other young women are embracing it for the liberating experiences.
Women are documenting their experiences of free bleeding on TikTok, with the trend becoming quite popular across the platform.
A creator by the name of Sacralsecret shared how she doesn’t leave the house during her bleed.
“I stay home when I’m on my period. I stay home and I bleed,” she told her 184,000 TikTok followers.
The influencer said that if she did have to go out, she would wear period underwear but when at home, she would walk around the house using a towel.
She said free bleeding “hits different”, calling the experience “orgasmic”.