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Why Make the Switch to a Menstrual Cup?
20 years ago, the vast majority of people were using pads or tampons as their sole source of period protection. These days, we have a myriad of choices and menstrual cups are becoming very popular.
Why should you consider making the switch from tampons to a menstrual cup? I’ll share with you my top 5 reasons.
Reason #1: Menstrual Cups are Better for the Environment
Tampons are not great for the environment. Due to their nature, they can’t be recycled, and even the ones without an applicator come wrapped in plastic.
Compare this to a menstrual cup. The top-quality ones made from medical grade silicone can last for 5-10 years if you take care of them properly. They can also be recycled, depending on where you live.
Potentially, using a menstrual cup for your entire life can replace 10,000 tampons or even more, if you have a heavy and/or long period.
Reason #2: Tampons are Expensive
According to the Huffington Post, the average women in the UK is spending 13 GBP on period products such as pads or tampons each month. That’s a lot of money, particularly if you’re on a tight budget. Even worse, these products are taxed at 5% in the UK.
Compare this to a menstrual cup. A top-quality one costs between 15 and 30 Pounds. For example, the Mooncup which is made in the UK costs just under 20 Pounds on their website with free shipping.
You’ll come out ahead in just a couple of months time by making the switch to a menstrual cup from tampons. Then, you’ll have years of savings ahead of you. Over a lifetime, it can add up to thousands of pounds.
Just say no to the pink tax by making the switch today!
Reason #3: Lower your Risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome
In the UK, there are around 40 cases of TSS reported each year, with about half of them being from tampons. When you compare this to the number of tampon users, it’s actually quite rare. This is particularly true if you take basic precautions such as changing your tampon frequently enough and using the lowest absorbency level possible.
However, with menstrual cups, the risk is even lower. To date, there has only been one reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome from a menstrual cup. It happened because the person cut themselves at the beginning of their period when inserting the cup.
While menstrual cups, in theory, do come with a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, the risk if very low. Of course, you should also take basic precautions such as cleaning it well and taking it out every 8-12 hours to empty it.
Reason #4: Do you Have a Heavy Period?
The average tampon has a capacity of around 5 ml, while a jumbo tampon holds about 10 ml. Compare this to an average menstrual cup like the Mooncup or Diva Cup that holds around 30 ml. There are even some high-capacity menstrual cups with capacities of 40+ ml.
You are considered to have a very heavy period if you bleed through a jumbo tampon or pad in a couple of hours. If this is the case, you’ll LOVE using a menstrual cup. If you get a high-capacity one that can hold 40 ml, you will be able to make it at least 5-6 hours before having to empty it.
Maybe you’ve never been able to sleep through the night of your heaviest flow because you had to get up to deal with your period? Pair a high-capacity menstrual cup with an overnight pad, or period panties and you might be able to. Amazing, right?
One of my favourites, the Meluna Cup has a capacity of 42 ml! It’s easy to find on Amazon UK, and there are many different options available for stem types, firmness options and lengths.
Reason #5: You’ll have Something Interesting to Talk to your Friends About!
People are talking about menstrual cups these days. They’re frequently in the news, bloggers are blogging about them all the time, and there are more and more reviews and unboxing videos over on YouTube.
Join the conversation! Make the switch yourself today.
Which Menstrual Cup to Consider?
If you search on Amazon for “menstrual cup,” you’ll notice that there are so many choices for the different brands. Then there are also various sizes, lengths, stem types, materials and firmness options.
It can be difficult to find the best one for your body type. And a bit overwhelming. That’s why I recommend checking out a menstrual cup quiz. There are a few simple questions, and then you’ll get a recommendation for 2-3 menstrual cups that will probably work for you. Search on Google for “Menstrual Cup Quiz” to find a few different ones.
About the Author
Jackie Bolen is a tree-hugging, friend of the Earth who can often be found working on her website (Reusable Menstrual Cups) while drinking coffee in Vancouver, Canada. Besides that, she’s usually paddling the rivers, hiking the mountains, or hanging out with her cats.
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