You might cringe at the idea of a menstrual cup. Unfortunately, in even in today’s society, a mestrual cycle is viewed as ‘dirty’ and ’embarrassing’, when in fact it’s something that should be discussed more. I made the switch to using a menstrual cup in early 2015. I was about to head overseas to Europe and wanted to have something on hand at all times, instead of fumbling through foreign stores looking for something in another language. I haven’t looked back.
So, I thought I’d share with you 4 Reasons why you should use a Menstrual Cup, and maybe answer a few niggling questions you have about them.
Probably the most obvious reason, a menstrual cup is better for the environment than conventional pads and tampons. The amount of menstrual product waste that gets added to landfill every year is phenomenal. The average menstruating woman will use about 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. The amount of time it takes for a tampon or pad to biodegrade is years and that doesn’t even take into account the plastic packaging that these products come in. Basically, we are a super wasteful society. Simply put, using a reusable menstrual cup will you lower your carbon footprint. You need to replace the cup once every few years
It’s no secret that the feminine hygiene industry is a multi-billion dollar one. Not to mention that these products are classed as a “luxury” by the government, and thus attract GST charges. Now while it may not seem like much per month, around $10-15 per month, that added up over the years that you might be menstruating and the costs are crazy. Compare this to buying one cup every few years and it’s a big saving. I personally use the Juju Cup, which costs $55 with free shipping in A
ustralia. The jury is out on how long these last, as it’s completely dependant on how well you look after your cup, how often it’s used, and a bunch of other factors. Most can last between 1 – 4 years. I bought mine in 2015 and it’s still going strong.
Using menstrual cup is said to greatly reduce the risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) as opposed to using tampons. That is probably the most advertised health benefit that the menstrual cup advocated. But there are many anecdotes from cup users that say using a cup has improved the severity of their cramps, less irritation from fibres, bleaches and deodorisers and it’s also better at tracking your flow. You can physically see how much you are bleeding on a day to day basis, which can be helpful for those needing to track their flow.
Once you learn how to use the cup properly, leaking is a thing of the past. The cup offers up to 12 hours of protection (compared to about 4 hours with tampons) so if you’re caught in that busy meeting at work, or want to go out all day sightseeing, you can be sure that you’re well protected against the fear of a leak.
Have you considered using a menstrual cup? You might be afraid of the “ick” factor, but I promise you that after a few uses it gets way easier. My best advise is to read up on insertion and removal, by the right size cup (there is two, one for women who haven’t given vaginal birth, and those who have) and don’t give up after one try!
Will you make the switch?