MENSTRUAL CUPS AS A FORWARD-THINKING PERIOD CARE
Menstrual cups is your NEW period era.
Do you remember the first time when Aunt Flo knocked on your door? Were you handed a regular pad or tampon and provided with basic instructions about maintaining menstrual hygiene? And that was that; because this newly minted young woman was armed with the right ammo to conquer her periods. Not many girls are given the option to choose between periods products. And even if we are given the options, the choices are limited.
Many women remain loyal to the menstrual products they have been using since their teens. And for most of us, it is the not-so-exciting pad. But when you are familiar with something, why bother exploring other options?
It can be daunting to try out a new period product; we are all too aware of the number one fear of a menstruating woman, leakage.
But when we decide to step out of our comfort zone, we will discover various kinds of menstrual products that the world has to offer us.
Choosing the perfect menstrual product can be a challenging task. There are several factors to consider, like absorbency, the type of menstrual flow or value for money. However, the most important one is comfort. Many of us disregard comfort during periods, after all, we just have to bear this discomfort for a couple of days only. So, we go on about our day, enduring the large pad between our thighs, learning to ignore it. But that is NOT ok. Periods shouldn’t feel like a burden that you have to endure! You deserve, at the very least, the comfort of wearing menstrual products during your periods. A period cup is very comfortable because once inside, you won’t even feel it! And the best part? You won’t have to deal with the icky sensation of menstrual blood flowing out and into your pads. No more Niagara Falls when you sneeze!
The period cup is a menstrual product gaining popularity over the past few years for one significant reason; sustainability, because it ensures that you get a plastic-free period.
What crosses your mind when you hear the term period cup? A cup inside of me? How does that work? How will I use it? This hesitancy to try out something new is normal. Thoroughly researching a product before buying it is what everyone should do. And this is what this article will help you with; tackling numerous questions about the period cup and why it is considered a forward-thinking periods care.
MENSTRUAL CUP VS. PADS AND TAMPONS
Disposable sanitary pads contain about 90% plastic, whereas tampons without an applicator are about 6% plastic.
Did you know that one pack of pads (about 12 pads) contains enough plastic to create four plastic bags? And that one pad takes about 500 years to degrade?
Research shows that a woman has over 450 periods in her lifetime, and during that time, it is estimated that 11,000 disposable period products would be used. And this statistic is just for one woman. Imagine how monumental this stat would be for women all over the world.
Unfortunately, most of these menstrual product wastes wash up on beaches or end up in the sea.
For this reason alone, using a menstrual cup seems like an appropriate sustainable solution, as it will ensure that you do not leave an environmental footprint and have a zero waste period.
Despite being a basic necessity, many countries still place a tax on menstrual products, the cumulative effects of which are financially burdensome on women. For some women, it may be wearying to set aside a budget for menstrual products, which inadvertently leads to limited and prolonged use of a pad. As a result, this increases the risk of infection, impacting your menstrual health.
Menstrual cups are very cost-effective. The initial cost may seem a lot, but in the long run, they are economical; this is because you can use one menstrual cup for up to 10 years!
Pads can be quite irritating to the vulvar skin. The amalgamation of sweat, blood and discharge creates a humid environment for the skin. And despite frequently changing pads, you may still end up with a rash. And dealing with a rash and periods at the same time was utterly unpleasant.
With tampons, there is always a risk of toxic shock syndrome. One is always vigilant about how long they can wear a tampon and the type of absorbency they are wearing.
The risk of toxic shock syndrome with period cups is rare, as only a few cases have been reported so far.
WHY SHOULD YOU SWITCH TO A MENSTRUAL CUP?
Period cups may seem intimidating at first. But it is like riding a bike because once you learn how to work it, you will become comfortable with it.
There is an enormous satisfaction when you go through a zero-waste period. You won't have to worry about disposing of the pads or tampons or even stress over running out of them. You will always have your trusty period cup.
Switching over to a menstrual cup is a progressive move in period care. For decades, plastic waste from period products has been piling up. And if just one woman makes this switch to a menstrual cup, this small but significant move will improve the ecological footprint.