Thinking about making the switch or starting off strong with period cups? Discover the best options for your body, wallet, and the environment.
Most people don’t realize how big of an impact single-use period products have on the environment. The average menstruator menstruates for around 40 years, which equates to about 2,400 periods in their lifetime. On any given day, there are about 800 million people menstruating and a lot of them are still using single-use period products.
The average person will use roughly 20 pads or tampons each period, excluding the many panty liners used in case of leaks. The plastic used from applicators and packaging ends up adding to the pollution in our oceans and not just on a minor scale. In fact, you’re more likely to find period plastic washed up on the beach than you are likely to find plastic straws or single-use coffee filters. In Europe, pads and tampons are among the top 5 most common plastics found in the ocean, and that’s something nobody would like to be swimming around in.
Luckily there are more products being designed that are not only better for the environment, but better for your body. There are period cups designed from 100% body-safe silicone for different flows, body types and life stages, and they can last for up to many years. There are also reusable period panties that can be thrown in the washing machine. You’re not just limited to one product either, find the winning combination that works for you and your changing needs.
It’s important to teach new menstruators about the options available so that they can find some that work for them, and it’s just as important to teach seasoned period pros that it’s never too late to find something that works better for them.
The most common ways to relieve period pains are with pain medication, but they mostly act as “band-aids” for body and headaches. The more we learn about shared period experiences and PMS symptoms, the more we’ve also discovered alternative and sometimes more effective ways of preventing and treating pains and aches.
The concept of using a period cup is simple: place the cup in your vaginal canal and it will hold your blood until you remove it for emptying. However, it may not be something you master on your first try. Here are some tips to keep in mind to speed up the learning process.
They’re healthy for your body. Menstrual cups made from body-safe silicone are a lot less likely than pads and tampons to cultivate bacteria in the vagina.
They save you up to $6,000 compared to single-use period products. You deserve that money!
You never have to worry about running out of period supplies. One cup can last you up to 8 years. Boil it between periods to keep it in prime condition.
It’s better for the environment. No more swimming around tampon applicators. And no more worrying about leaking in your bikini while swimming either.
Navigating menstrual cups in a shared bathroom can be tricky, but luckily there are even solutions for that! You can now find menstrual cup wipes pretty much anywhere that menstrual cups are sold.
It can be a struggle to find the perfect fitting cup, but there are plenty of guides that can help you find the right cup for your body type and physical requirements.