Life Abroad

Menstrual Care

Dealing with periods in a foreign country presents a unique set of challenges. Since menstrual products vary from country to country, it can be almost impossible to find something comparable to what you’re used to. Luckily, a wide range of pads and tampons are available in Japan, some in brands they have overseas. Getting alternative menstrual products in Japan is also simple, as a number of companies ship to Japan affordably (sometimes free!).

Select a product category from the menu on the left, or scroll down to see the whole lineup of the most popular pads, tampon, and alternative menstrual products available in Japan, with descriptions in English, pictures, and product names in English and Japanese to help you when you go shopping.

Tampons Pads Alternative Menstrual Products Useful Vocabulary
adding friends

Can't find what you're looking for? Click here to let us know and we'll add it.

Did you know...?

It has long been a misconception that tampons do not exist in Japan. Though the product of choice by Japanese women is, by and large, sanitary napkins, tampons certainly do exist, and can be found at almost any store selling sanitary napkins.

Don’t care for either pads or tampons? No problem! There are a few alternative product companies that ship to Japan. Take a look at the common products sold at drug stores and some grocery stores, and foreign products that ship internationally to Japan.


Tampons

While the following products can typically be bought at drug stores and some grocery stores, in the event that you cannot find them at your local shops, they are for sale online, notably at Amazon Japan.



Soft Tampon Light

Soft Tampon Light - Comes in packs of 10 at MSRP ¥300



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_light.html

Japanese source:http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/007/index.html



Soft Tampon Regular

Soft Tampon Regular – Comes in packs of 10 at MSRP ¥300 or packs of 34 at MSRP ¥1,060



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_regular.html

Japanese source: http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/007/index.html



Soft Tampon Super

Soft Tampon Super - Comes in packs of 9 at MSRP ¥300 or packs of 32 at MSRP ¥1,060



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_super.html

Japanese source: http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/007/index.html



Soft Tampon Super Plus

Soft Tampon Super Plus - Comes in packs of 25 at¥1,060



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_superplus.html

Japanese source: http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/007/index.html



Soft Tampon Compact  Regular

Soft Tampon Compact Regular – Comes in packs of 8 at MSRP ¥260



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_compact_regular.html

Japanese source: http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/008/index.html



Soft Tampon Compact Super

Soft Tampon Compact Super – Comes in packs of 8 at MSRP ¥260



English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/tampon/p_compact_super.html

Japanese source: http://www.unicharm.co.jp/products/sanitary/b02/008/index.html


Pads



Note For Menstrual Pads

Sofy also has a wide variety of napkins available. The link below is to an entirely English site, completely interactive and thorough in description of its products.

English source: http://www.sofy.jp/en/products/index.html

Whisper (known as Always in other countries), has a large line of products, including Cosmo (known as Infinity in other countries). Unfortunately, this company does not provide an English site for its Japanese products.

Japanese source: http://www.happywhisper.com/ja-JP/product/Pads/
whisper-sanitary-napkins.aspx


Whisper, or Always in other countries, is widely available and they have a wide range of products for all flow levels, from pantyliners to overnight/heavy.


whisper_cosmo

Whisper Cosmo (Always Infinity)

ウィスパー コスモ


Cosmo pads are made of a highly absorbent, thin material that absorbs 10 times its weight. Pulls wetness away from your body and into the core of the pad to keep you dry.

Pink- 27cm with wings, for Heavy Days

Purple- 30cm with wings for Heavy Days and Overnight

whisper_purehada_lightrange

Whisper Pure Hada Very Slim

ウィスパー ピュアはだ超スリム


Pure Hada Super Slim pads are made of a very absorbent, very thin material (absorbs 3 times its weight) to keep you dry.

Yellow mark (upper right)- 22cm with wings for Regular Days

Green mark (upper right)- 22cm without wings for Regular Days

Pink mark (upper right)- 24cm with wings for Heavy Days

whisper_purehada_heavyrange

Whisper Pure Hada Soft Anshin

ウィスパー ピュアはだふんわり安心


Pure Hada Soft Anshin pads are soft and absorbent (absorbs 3 times its weight) to leave you dry and comfortable.

Pink- 27cm with wings, for Heavy Days

Pink mark (upper right)- 24cm with wings for Heavy Days

Green mark (upper right)- 24cm without wings for Heavy Days

Blue mark (upper right)- 28cm with wings for Very Heavy Days and Overnight

whisper_sarafuwaslim_lightrange

Whisper Sarafuwa Slim

ウィスパー さらふわスリム


Sarafuwa Slim pads are soft, absorbent (absorbs 3 times its weight), light, and airy to keep you cool and dry.

Yellow mark (upper right)- 21cm with wings for Regular Days

Green mark (upper right)- 21cm without wings for Regular days

whisper_supersukkirislim_range

Whisper Super Sukkiri Slim

ウィスパー 超すっきりスリム


Super Sukkiri Slim pads are absorbent (absorbs 3 times its weight), light, and airy to keep you cool and dry.

Yellow mark (upper right)- 22cm with wings for Regular Days

Green mark (upper right)- 22cm without wings for Regular Days

Pink mark (upper right)- 24cm with wings for Heavy Days

Orange mark (upper right)- 28cm with wings for Heavy Days and Overnight

Purple mark (upper right)- 32cm with wings for Very Heavy Days and Overnight

whisper_soft&shikkariabsorbent

Whisper Soft & Shikkari Absorbent

ウィスパー やわらか&しっかり吸収


Soft & Shikkari Absorbent pads are soft and absorbent to keep you comfortable.

With wings image (bottom right)- 21cm with wings for Regular Days

Without wings image (bottom right)- 21cm without wings for Regular Days

whisper_320360380

Whisper Super Asamade Guard

ウィスパー 超朝までガード


Super Asamade Guard pads are soft, long, and super absorbent, with a wide rear to prevent back leaks when sleeping.

320 (left) - 32cm with wings for Heavy Days and Overnight

360 (center)- 36cm with wings for Very Heavy Overnight protection

400 (right)- 40cm with wings for Very Heavy Overnight protection

Alternative Menstrual Products



Lily Cup Compact standard Lily Cup

Intimina, creator of the Lily Cup Compact and the standard Lily Cup (available in 2 sizes), ships to Japan!



English source: https://www.intimina.com/en/



Mooncup

Mooncup offers standard shipping for free, worldwide.


English source: http://www.mooncup.co.uk/buy-the-mooncup/



thinkx_logo

THINX


Thinx ships their products globally!

English source: https://www.shethinx.com/

thinkx_logo

Reusable pads


Lunapads ships globally.

English source: http://lunapads.com/

A number of sellers on Etsy will also happily ship their products to Japan.



Useful Vocabulary


Japanese Romaji English
ナプキン napukin sanitary napkin/
sanitary towel
パンティライナー pantirainaa panty liner
タンポン tanpon tampon
ふんわり funwari soft and fluffy
吸収
きゅうしゅう
kyuushuu absorb, absorption
ふつうの日
ふつうのひ
futsuu no hi regular flow days
多い日
おおいひ
ooi hi heavy flow days
特に多い日
とくにおおいひ
tokuni ooi hi especially heavy flow days
昼用
ひるよう
hiruyou daytime use
夜用
よるよう
yoruyou nighttime use (overnight)
羽つき
はねつき
hanetsuki with wings
羽なし
はねなし
hanenashi without wings
スリム Surimu slim

Top



More in Personal Care


Skin Care

You could look through the comprehensive list of products.

See more >>

Hair Care

You can find a domestic products for your hair care needs.

See more >>

Dental Care

It is helpful to know what each products is for and what it tastes like.

See more >>

Wound Care

You can find the most popular and widely available products.

See more >>


Health & Medical Daily life