10 reasons why you should seriously consider changing to a menstrual cup10-02-2021
Menstrual cups are here to stay. We see them everywhere, and we love them! But it can be intimidating to make the switch and maybe you still need a little bit of convincing? Why should you change from your current menstrual hygiene products, that you might think work just fine? Here we give you 10 very good reasons why you should ditch your pads and tampons and become a menstrual cup user.
1. It is much more convenient
It’s very simple to use a menstrual cup once you get the hang of it. It may take 1, 2 or even 3 months to get used to it, but once it works, you don’t want to go back. Just insert the cup into your vagina, remove it, empty it, wash it and REUSE it. You won’t notice your menstrual cup during the day (and night) and it can sit for up to 12 hours depending on your flow! How great is that?
2. Worry-free period – no more leaks
We have all tried it. When our tampon reaches full capacity it stops absorbing and you may experience leakage. It’s so frustrating. A correctly inserted and unfolded menstrual cup won’t leak because of the suction seal that is created when inserted. Therefore, you don’t have to worry. If you are experiencing leaks, it’s most likely because the cup is not unfolded correctly or maybe you have the wrong size.
3. You protect your body from harmful chemicals
Have you ever considered what your pads and tampons contain? Many of them consist of chemicals such as glue, perfume and even bleach, and that we put into our bodies! Menstrual cups are made from 100% medical-grade silicone, meaning nothing harmful is added. As tampons are not only absorbing the blood (but also the natural and necessary liquids that are supposed to be in the vagina), it can lead to dryness and irritation, and even allergy. Menstrual cups just collect the blood leaving your environment undisturbed.
4. AND you help the environment
Did you know a menstrual cup can last for up to 10 years!? Think about how many pads and tampons you use and dispose of during one period and multiply that with all the years you are menstruating. In fact, an individual goes through approximately 11,000 disposable pads and/or tampons in a lifetime. That’s a pretty significant amount of waste for one person! By switching to a more sustainable option like a menstrual cup, you’ll significantly reduce your personal impact on the environment.
5. Save money
Since a menstrual cup can last for up to 10 years, you obviously also save a lot of money by not having to buy pads and tampons every month. A menstrual cup has paid itself in just a couple of periods.
6. Your perfect travel buddy
It can be very annoying having to change your tampon every 4-5 hours – especially when travelling. The small airplane toilets are not exactly the ideal place for that and neither is running around airports or train stations looking for a toilet. Since a menstrual cup can be used for up to 12 hours it’s your perfect travel buddy as you don’t have to worry about it until the end of the day and you can travel worry-free while on your period. Another positive thing is that you can easily swim in the pool and in the ocean with your menstrual cup. Doing that with a tampon can actually cause problems as the tampon can absorb a lot of bacteria.
7. Sports? No problem
Perhaps you are wondering if you can do sports wearing your menstrual cup. The answer is yes! You can do all kinds of sports with a menstrual cup. Swimming, fitness, yoga, horse-riding, biking – no limitations at all. The suction seal keeps the cup in place and you don’t even have to worry about that annoying tampon string hanging out.
8. Go to bed with your menstrual cup
You can even sleep with your menstrual cup inserted. No more (huge) annoying night pads. That’s pretty awesome.
9. They hold much more blood
A menstrual cup can actually contain as much as 3 super tampons. So even with a heavier flow, a menstrual cup doesn’t have to be emptied as often as a tampon needs to be changed. It makes life easier.
10. Don’t deal with gross tampon strings anymore
Tampons strings are just gross. They can get soaked in pee, they can hang out from your swimsuit, it can be seen if you sleep naked. Nothing is hanging out from a menstrual cup, it is entirely inside your body.
To learn more about the benefits of the menstrual cup, read this blog post.