4 Reasons why you should use a Menstrual Cup

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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.

Environmental

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 yearsΒ 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

Cost

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.

Health

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.

Leakage

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?

 

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  • I’ve been wanting to make the switch especially since being more aware of the environmental impact. Do you sleep with it in? I assume yes? I always wondered if spillage happens when you sleep haha. I may use up all the tampons I have then buy one to give a go.

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Kate Flint

      Yep you can sleep it in with no issues. It kinda creates a vacuum (?) so it doesn’t really budge until you want to remove it. It takes some practice but just googling how to insert and remove and ~relaxing~ is the way to go. Hope it goes well for you!

      • Thanks Kate! Defs needed to read this to give that final push πŸ™‚

  • I really want to try a menstrual cup, but I’m so so anxious about it being inserted wrong!!

    Sharni // http://www.agirlandgrey.com

    • Kate Flint

      It can seem really scary and the first time I tried it I panicked and it got stuck for a few hours. The key is to relax and read up on how to remove and insert. Once you find the trick for doing it, it’s literally so easy, I promise!

  • Felicia Anastasia Bardan

    I have been really considering the use of menstrual cups for quite some time now but I’m scared that insertion, washing and reinsertion could become messy if I have to do it in a public place. For example, I’m scared of pulling out a used cup and going to the basin to wash it in a public toilet, or what about if it’s at a party or someone’s house who has their wash basin seperate to their toilet?

    I’m also worried about inserting it correctly. Some brands have like 5 different sizes and I’d have no idea which one I should get!

    Thanks for your post!

    Felicia | http://www.thebeautyandthegeekau.com

    • Kate Flint

      It’s definitely something I worried about too. Because of the 12 hour time you can leave it in for, I find I can normally find a time where I am somewhere that I can change it with no issues. I’ve seen posts that encourage taking a water bottle with you so you can clean the cup into the toilet before reinserting.

      As for sizing, I think the Juju Cup just has two sizes available – regular and one for women who’ve had natural childbirth. (Not sponsored by Juju Cup but they are just the brand I am familiar with!)

      Hope this post helped a little! πŸ™‚

  • I have never tried a menstrual cup but after reading your post I would definitely consider it! It definitely sounds so much better for the environment, cost effective and also super convenient! Thank you for sharing hun xx
    Marisa @marisarobinson.mua http://www.marisarobinson-mua.com/makeup-by-marisa

    • Kate Flint

      It’s definitely worth a look!

  • I keep hearing about these and I am definitely intrigued but I usually use my pill to skip mine entirely because I get horrible pains for 2-3 days. They are definitely a more cost effective and environmentally friendly option though. Great post πŸ™‚

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Emma! I used to skip mine a lot when I was on the pill too, way too tempting haha πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  • HerQuarters

    It is such a good idea! I’m quite keen to try it.
    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com

    • Kate Flint

      It’s a great idea, I wish I had heard of it sooner!

  • VERY interesting! I never really seriously considered using one but it does seem like the better option in the long run! Very interesting that they have one for vaginal birth..I wonder what the difference is.. as I honestly don’t think giving birth vaginally has made any difference to anything down there hahaha <3

    T

    • Kate Flint

      I’m honestly not sure of the difference haha! It could be for women who have had multiple births or as in Mean Girls just ‘have a wide set vagina’ but really, vaginas come in all shapes and sizes, so you’d probably just need to try one out and see!

  • I’ll be honest, I used to be a bit grossed out by menstrual cups when I first hear about them (years ago when I was young and immature haha) but now that they’ve become a bit more mainstream and I actually know more about them, they really do sound appealing. Their benefits are really awesome! I’m not sure I would be up for trying one just yet though, but it might be something I try in the future. I have been curious about those period underwear though haha – they would also be a great less wasteful option!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Kate Flint

      Haha don’t worry I was the same. Once you get over that initial “ick” factor, they are so easy and quite clean to use once you are experienced enough. Haha I saw those too! Did you see Safia on YouTube test out period leggings, ridick!

      • Yeah Safiya’s period series is the best! Not sure about those leggings though haha, the pouch! lmao

        • Kate Flint

          HAHAHA THE POUCH!

  • I’ve heard how great these are but I’m so scared to try it! I might just have to bite the bullet and give it a go.

    • Kate Flint

      It can be a bit daunting! But it gets so easy with a bit of practice you won’t have that fear!

  • Really interesting post! I always have wanted to try it out. Pretty much everything you have said are the reasons why I do but also have yet to try it out.

    Rochelle || http://www.simplesocialsister.com

    • Kate Flint

      I think if they made them more available in stores more people would definitely be willing to give it a go!

  • Sarah Jane

    Have honestly never really though about using one, but you’ve made a lot of well thought out points! Might have to give it a try x

    • Kate Flint

      It wasn’t something I considered until I read more into it and convinced myself to give it a shot!

  • I have strongly considered making the change but I have some reservations. The most pressing for me is getting the insertion correct so that there is no leaks. The ick factor isn’t a concern for me, everything period related is icky so why would this solution be anything different, but having a fool-proof product is important to me.

    • Kate Flint

      I personally have had literally zero leaks with using a cup, though I totally get the reservation. An idea could be to use a safety panty liner or pad as a safeguard while you get used to the insertion and for a bit of peace of mind.

  • Laura Tough

    Part of me is terrified to use them, because of insertion! I don’t even use tampons haha but I’m lucky that I don’t really get my period anymore because of my contraception, so it’s not really a big issue

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

    • Kate Flint

      I was super scared too when I first tried it. If you don’t really get a period there probably isn’t a point, but if/when you start again you should look into it πŸ™‚

  • I use a cup and would not go back to using tampons! xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    • Kate Flint

      Same here, I’d never go back!

  • I am afraid to try something like this but it sounds great!

    • Kate Flint

      I was scared about it too but it’s really not a huge deal, you just have to try it a few times and it is a breeze!

  • I will definitely be checking these out once I get my period again xx

    • Kate Flint

      Hope it works well for you babe xx

  • This sounds so interesting. I’m definitely going to look into it a little more.

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely do your own research and see if it will work for you! As with everything, there is no one size fits all (bad pun not intended) and nothing suits everyone πŸ™‚

  • I used a cup for ages before I used contraception where I don’t get a period. I loved being leak free!

    • Kate Flint

      My contraception is meant to do that but it doesn’t work for me *shakes fist at sky*. Cups are seriously good though, I’ve had zero issues with leaks!

  • I definitely will look into this! The thought of it used to gross me out but it actually makes really good sense now that I’m mature enough to think about it. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats