Most of us have grown accustomed to the conventional ways of managing our periods, with pads and tampons always handy when the time of the month strikes.
However, in recent years we’ve seen many marvellous inventions – modern, discreet and eco-friendly alternatives are now on offer, for a more body-safe, environmentally-friendly way to manage your period. From reusable pads, reusable tampon applicators, period underwear and menstrual cups – the options are endless. Conventional period supplies seem to pale in comparison.
Menstrual cups are one of the best alternatives, providing chemical-free and provide better leak-protection than tampons and pads. But that’s not all. Here are 10 reasons why you need to switch to a menstrual cup…
- One menstrual cup can last a long time
If you look after your menstrual cup, it can last between 1 – 10 years. Imagine the time you will save not having to worry about stocking up at on suppliers each month!
- You will save a lot of money
Even if you buy a new cup (about $40 NZD) a year, it will cost you much less than a box of tampons or pads each month. If you look after your cup, it can easily last longer than a year – think of all the money you will save.
- Cut down on pharmacy trips
Gone are the days of having to schedule a monthly supply run. Replacing your cup annually means visiting the pharmacy/supermarket 11 times fewer a year than if you used disposable products. Say hello to being time-rich.
- Fewer changes needed
Tampons offer just eight hours before the horror of Toxic Shock Syndrome becomes a possibility. With menstrual cups, you can go up to 12 hours in between emptyings. Winning!
- Hold more liquid
If you have a heavy flow, this will be music to your ears; a normal tampon holds between six and nine grams of liquid, whereas menstrual cups hold almost five times that amount, capable of up to one ounce (about 28 grams). Less time worrying = more time to relax.
- No chemicals involved
Cups are basically chemical free – not containing latex, BPA, dye or other disturbing additives. Almost all tampons contain bleached rayon, a material that creates the possibly carcinogenic byproduct dioxin. Menstrual pads aren’t any better, only slightly less invasive.
- Say goodbye to leaks
When properly inserted, menstrual cups should form a suction. Meaning, all liquid should pool directly into it without finding a path out. When a tampon shifts or becomes saturated, leaks can (and will) happen.
- Decrease your chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome
TSS is a bacteria-spurred illness that can kill you. If your tampon has even a slightly higher absorbency than your actual flow, you risk shredding. Tiny bits of cotton can cause small cuts in your vaginal wall – a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria causing TSS. It’s just not worth the risk.
- No drying effect
Because tampons are so absorbent, they not only absorb blood but can strip your vaginal walls of naturally occurring lining, making you more susceptible to disease.
- Sleep better
There’s nothing more annoying then having to change your tampon halfway through the night. Because the cup holds more liquid, you can sleep soundly through the night without worrying about leakage or TSS.