Switching to a Menstrual Cup

1st Govember 2019

Going to the shop and stocking up on your monthly supply of tampons and pads is something you do without even having to think about it. It becomes part of a routine, like showering, buying milk or eating lunch. Have you ever stopped to think about how many pads and tampons you actually get through?

The average female will use around 22 pads or tampons every single period. That would add up to a massive 264 per year and over 10,000 in a lifetime, which is enough to fill around 5 trollies! Imagine how much money that would cost you over the years… if you listen closely, you can hear your bank account squealing.

Not only does this burn a hole in your purse, but it’s also a major source of waste. Every single pad and tampon used is thrown away, along with the packaging. But the root of the problem starts with the production.

Most sanitary products are made out of cotton, which is a very thirsty plant. To put it into perspective, one little bud takes 6 pints of water to grow! As well as this, many companies use non-organic cotton, which is covered in pesticides and insecticides… not exactly what you want touching such a sensitive part of your body. If you are using pads, they’ll also have a sticky underside to stick to your underwear. This is made from polyethene plastic, which is extremely harmful to the environment.

So, if you can’t stop your period, what can you do?

Menstrual cups are by no means a new product, but as we become more aware of our impact on the environment, they are growing in popularity. They are small silicone, bell-shaped cups, which can be easily inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. When full they are removed, cleaned and can then be reinserted.

Their reusable nature makes them great for the environment and your purse. One cup can last for up to 10 years, which is the equivalent of over 2000 tampons! We highly recommend investing in a menstrual cup and giving it a few months trial period (if you’ll pardon the pun).

If you feel a little nervous about the thought of using a menstrual cup, you can always try using at home at first and use pads and tampons as usual when going out or at school. This will still reduce your wastage, but also save on the nerves. Once you feel comfortable with how they work, try wearing it out of the house, but keep some pads in your bag in case you want to swap during the day. Hopefully, you’ll eventually feel comfortable enough to make the switch entirely!

Useful links:

Choosing the right size: https://putacupinit.com/which-size/

How to use: https://www.organicup.com/how-to-use-a-menstrual-cup/

FAQ: https://uk.lunette.com/pages/faq

Come back tomorrow for food shopping tips!

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