Menstrual Cups Aren’t Gross. Here’s Why You Should Use One
I never in a million years thought that I’d be telling the world about my personal habits when it comes to sanitary protection.
After all, most of us girlies get well trained from a very early age in the ninja art of concealing those ultra-cringy tampons or towels under the loo roll at the supermarket checkout.
Yet here I am, ready to tell you about menstrual cups and explain why I think every woman should ditch those tampons and sanitary towels and embrace this zero-waste, sustainable form of sanitary protection.
No, I haven’t gone bonkers. (Although at times, I think perhaps I have!)
I’ve just realised that we can make a difference to the planet we live on, and if it means breaking a few taboos along the way, so be it!
Menstrual cups could be part of the answer.
We need to find zero-waste, reusuable alternatives
Over the past few years, I’ve learned more about sustainability, plastic pollution and ethical consumption than I ever have in my life.
(Living on a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean tends to bring it all right to your doorstep.)
I’ve seen microplastics litter my favourite beaches as far as the eye can see. I’ve seen plastic bags, tampons and sanitary towels floating in the ocean, just waiting for a turtle to digest, ingest and later die.
I’ve read the reports that tell us time and time again that those landfill sites are filling up fast and that us humans have approximately 8–10 years before we’re done.
Out of space. Nowhere else to put all the junk.
It’s up to us to make greener, more ethical shopping choices so we can make a difference and help our kids enjoy this awesome planet for a long time into the future.
And yes, it starts with menstrual cups. :)
Aren’t menstrual cups gross?
Yeah, I get it. Menstrual cups sound kind of ‘icky’ don’t they?
You’ve got all that blood slooshing around in there and you need to go through the hassle of emptying it out and rinsing it with clean water before using it again.
Which means that you have to face the fact that you actually do bleed every month. (Note the hint of sarcasm there?)
But here’s the thing- this blood isn’t dirty.
That’s just your cultural programming talking, the one that told our grandmothers that they couldn’t wash their hair when they had their period, or that suggested to you that your ‘privates’ are ‘dirty’.
Menstrual blood isn’t dirty at all. Far from it, in fact. It’s your blood which leaves your body every month in an entirely natural process.
Aren’t menstrual cups just for crazy hippy types?
Nah, not at all! Like you, I’d always presumed that these ‘mooncups’ were only used by crunchy hippy types who bathed once a year, wafted around wearing in patchouli oil and chanted before yoga class (no offence intended if I’m talking to you!).
Then I noticed that more and more of my friends were admitting their little secret. They’d discovered these menstrual cups and they were hooked!
So I decided to indulge in every writer’s greatest dream- I did my research.
And before long, I’d turned to the darkside too. Here’s why…
#1: Menstrual cups don’t leak!
There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you discover a damp patch in your favourite underwear and realise that you tampon has leaked. Again.
Not so with menstrual cups! They work by creating a seal, so as long as you position them correctly, you’ll stay 100% leak-free (and won’t have to hide those strange stains anymore!)
#2: They’re chemical-free
Menstrual cups are 100% free from all those nasty chemicals which you really shouldn’t be putting inside of your vagina.
Made from pure medical-grade silicone, they don’t use bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels so you can be sure you’re doing the best for your body!
#3: They’re easy to use (once you get the hang of them!)
You might have heard a bunch of horror stories about women struggling to insert menstrual cups. But trust me- they’re actually really easy to use. (If you can insert a tampon then you can most definitely insert one of these things.)
And once it’s in, you can leave it there for 12 hours without needing to worry about a thing.
#4: They’re much cheaper to use too
Yep, you’ve probably checked the price of menstrual cups already and baulked at the price. They do cost slightly more money to buy that a box of tampons.
Having said that, menstrual cups will save you money in the long term. Which, considering you’re likely to have hundreds of exciting periods waiting for you in the future, can be quite a considerable sum. They also last for years!
#5: They won’t irritate your sensitive bits
If you find that your vagina becomes dry and irritated every time you get your period, you’re going to loooove menstrual cups.
Unlike tampons which leave fibres behind, can trigger imbalances in vaginal pH and irritate your skin something rotten, menstrual cups are gently rounded, soft to the touch and allow your intimate bits to continue to do what nature intended.
#6: They’re better for the environment
I’ve saved the best for last here.
Ready for some statistics? Here goes: The average woman will throw away 125–150 kg of used sanitary protection in her lifetime.
No, that’s not a typo…
Just picture what a tampon or towel looks like…You’re going to need a hell of a lot of tampons to make up even ONE kilo, let alone 125kg +.
By now you should be utterly convinced that menstrual cups are the future and you should fully embrace them as part of your zero-waste, green lifestyle.
You might even open a new browser tab and immediately pull out your credit card to treat yourself.
At least, that’s the reaction I’m hoping to get from you with this short blog.
But if that’s not the case, then don’t worry.
I understand that changing lifestyle habits can take time, even if they’re more comfortable, better for the environment, not icky at all and actually save you money.
Just do me one favour? Forward this blog to someone who you think might like to hear more about menstrual cups and help me spread the word about sustainability, less waste and a greener, cleaner lifestyle. Cheers!