Here's The Perfect Solution If You Want To Enjoy Healthier & Eco-Friendly Periods
For years now, people who menstruate have used either disposable tampons or pads to collect blood and protect clothing during their periods.
Almost as a reflex, slapping a disposable pad or unwrapping a tampon is a mindless habit that hides a very important question: aren't there better options to manage our periods - given the impact of tampons of the environment and our health?
You guessed it! There is a strong alternative we want to talk about that offers far more benefits than these traditional methods: Menstrual Cups!
We all had that same reaction seeing a menstrual cup for the first time: What is THAT?? How it is supposed to go INSIDE?? or even better: NO WAY!!
Let's put aside any preconceived opinion and look further into it.
A menstrual cup is a small cup-shaped container made from medical-grade silicone.
It is folded and inserted into the vaginal canal. Once inserted, the cup opens below or around the cervix to collect menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. When the cup is filled, the cup is removed, the contents are emptied into the toilet or down a drain, and the cup is then ready to be used again or stored away for your next period.
Sounds technical? Don't worry! Once you get it, inserting and removing your cup is easy and practical.
Now let's address your main question: Why should you even bother?
Here are 6 ultimate reasons to ditch your disposable tampons and pads and go get a menstrual cup!
1. A Menstrual Cup saves you a ton of money
Study shows that the average menstruator spends around £5,000 on period products in a lifetime. That's a huge budget! (That's a full holiday - ALL-INCLUSIVE! - in my dream destination if you ask me...but I digress)
Our monthly periods are definitely costing us much more than the pain of menstrual cramps.
A menstrual cup lasts up to ten years, replacing more than 2,500 tampons! (22 items of menstrual products per cycle, 13 cycles per year). It costs between £15 and £40. That's a bargain!
2. A Menstrual Cup is better for the planet
We have a complete article on the subject of eco-friendly periods here. But here's a quick summary:
Worldwide, it’s estimated that over 100 billion menstrual hygiene products are disposed of annually. Over a lifetime, an average menstruator generates a busload of waste that usually ends up in our sea or landfills and will never be recycled (plastic, in contact with human waste...).
Did we mention that a menstrual cup lasts up to ten years? Yep, let's start that zero waste journey you have been putting off for a few years now!
3. A Menstrual Cup is chemical-free
Disposable tampons and pads have had their fair share of criticism. Major issues come from manufacturers not disclosing ingredients, lack of transparency in the industry, and sometimes toxins found in regular tampons.
Meanwhile, Menstrual Cups are made from medical-grade silicone and are free of noxious chemicals. The fact that they collect blood instead of absorbing it makes them less likely to induce harmful components to the bloodstream.
We strongly recommend choosing FDA Registered Menstrual Cups that are BPA-free, Latex-free, and Phthalate-free.
4. A Menstrual Cup can be worn for up to 12 hours
Most disposable tampons can be worn from 4 to 8 hours depending on your flow. Which means changing it at least three times a day! You might as well forget about having a good night's sleep...
No to mention the extra stress from fear of forgetting your tampon and the necessity to carry extra ammunition with you anytime, anywhere...
Wearing a tampon for more than 8 hours is a bad idea as it increases the chance of TSS and can mess with your vaginal PH.
Menstrual cups offer a strong alternative. Depending on your flow, you can wear it for up to 12 hours. When the cup is filled, you removed it, empty the contents into the toilet or down a drain, and the cup is then ready to be used again or stored away for your next period.
Let's get those dreamy nights back!
That being said, menstrual cups won't stop your cat from waking you up...
5. A Menstrual Cup is odorless
Blood itself has an iron-like odor to it. However, when blood comes in contact with oxygen, it starts to decompose and bacteria grow. This is what causes foul odors.
Because the menstrual flow is collected in the menstrual cup (rather than absorbed), it stays in a liquid state until it’s emptied into the toilet or down the drain. It is then flushed or rinsed down instead of rotting away in a trash can.
6. Menstrual Cups are used by thousands of menstruators
Still wondering: is this really for me? More than 100,000 menstruators use menstrual cups in the UK alone. And the results are incredible!
Studies everywhere agree that menstrual cups are a 'safe and effective' alternative to tampons and pads!
Join the party!
7. BONUS: A Menstrual Cup is Life-Changing
We can sleep 10 hours straight without worrying about staining our sheets.
We never have to stop at a gas station and begrudgingly buy overpriced tampons and then use the bathroom to change out of our stained underwear into clean underwear that will surely also be stained before we’re able to exchange our tampon again...
We can go camping without carrying our used, bloody tampons with us.
Join the bandwagon, and get over your self-inflicted “gross” meter. Use the cup, and change your life!
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