Are there women’s hygiene products available in Bali? Yes. Anything different from what I usually get? Probably so. That’s the problem. Come prepared and educated. That’s the moral of this story.
The Feminine Product Selection is Limited.
It’s so limited that you begin to appreciate western brands tremendously. If you don’t mind those little white pellets that you stick in and that could shoot out with any little giggle or a cough, then you’ll have plenty of that here!
Another option is the plethora of pads. Otherwise, if either of these does not work and you’re already here, then the last resort while in Bali is to go on a deep search for the Tampax brand. I was lucky the first time when looking for it. I happened to find it on my first try to the store which misled me to believe it wouldn’t be an issue. Later, I realized that was not the case. My guess is that the absence of plastic applicators has more to do with the plastic pollution here in Bali.
Then, What Are My Tampon Alternative Options?
It’s always nice to not deal with mother nature at all while on vacation. If you can “skip” the month you visit Bali, that’s an option. If you can’t, be mindful what you decide to bring. Here are some tampon alternative options if you don’t want to make a negative contribution while you’re in Bali.
Menstrual Cups – As with tampons, gently insert the folded cup into your vagina, tilting it back to the base of your spine. The cup should sit as low as it can comfortably sit inside your vagina, normally lower than a tampon but with the stem fully inside. When the cup is inside, it will pop open, creating a light suction.
Disposable Tampons – If you still need an applicator, then the Natacare brand seems to be the most popular in the market. Using these is just a small sacrifice for a few days while you’re in Bali.
Consider any of these options! Being here already, I’m always on the lookout. It is on my list of purchases when I’m on my usual visa run.
If you do come across the Tampax brand super + at a local Bali store, know that level really seems like a medium level. I had the pleasure of learning that a few times.
Today, when I have girlfriends visit, I always ask to take any products off their hands before they leave, including any hair products. It helps them with the luggage weight and it helps me too!
If you’re interested in contributing more to the Bali plastic pollution, here is a source that offers other creative ways to do so.
You may already have this situation figured out or you may not. This is just additional interesting information in case you need to look into this. While in Bali, you can buy over the counter birth control. Very nice plus to have here. It usually costs around ~$20-30 USD. I’ve seen one western brand as an option, Yaz. The others were foreign to me. These are sold at most pharmacies also known as apotek or farma.