Switching to a Menstrual Cup: My Experience
Are you looking for a more sustainable, cost-effective way to manage your period? Then consider using a menstrual cup.
Menstrual cups are a reusable alternative to traditional period products. They offer a range of benefits that make them an attractive option for many people. In this article, the author explains what menstrual cups are, how they work, and why she thinks they’re worth considering as part of your routine.
Periods are a natural part of life, and something to be celebrated, not feared or shamed.
Periods are something that women experience, but for the majority of us, it is not a pleasant experience.
I used to dread my periods. I’d be in bed for a day, doubled over in pain, feeling really sick and unable to eat. Tampons would worsen my cramps, and taking them out was always a relief. It wasn’t until I heard about menstrual cups that I decided to try one out – although it took me until I was 30! The difference was incredible – although cramping still happened (which only cleared up after having my first child), it didn’t hurt putting something inside anymore. I never noticed wearing it at all.
I was initially hesitant to try a menstrual cup, but the difference was incredible! I still had some cramps, but it wasn’t painful when inserting the cup. Plus, I hardly noticed that I was wearing it – amazing! I’m a total convert and would never return to using pads or tampons.
Considering a Change?
If you’re thinking of giving menstrual cups a go too, do your research, as there are many different brands available with varying shapes, styles and colours. I went for the Mooncup as they are the most well-known, but there are plenty of other options.
Once I figured out the proper insertion technique, I found menstrual cups incredibly comfortable and discreet. Sure, you have to get a bit more intimate with your body than when using a tampon, and it can be a bit messier – but the benefits to your health and the environment make it worth it.
Having a period is normal and natural, and there should be no stigma attached to it.” – Emma Watson
7 Reasons to Make the Switch and Give Menstrual Cups a Try
- No more tampons washing up on beaches – plus, no more having to remember to buy them every month!
- Menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone, so they’re much gentler on your body than tampons. Plus, there’s less risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome if you forget to take it out after the recommended 12 hours.
- You only need one cup per cycle – just empty and clean it when needed and pop it back in!
- With so many colours available, you can make a rainbow of your collection if that’s your thing.
- Some companies donate money or provide sanitary protection for local communities – so you can feel good about helping others too!
- Many women report that their period cramps have improved after making the switch – worth trying for that alone!
- And last but not least, think of the money and waste saved over time. A box of Tampax with an applicator costs £1.99 per month; over 5 years, this adds up to £238.80. But with a menstrual cup costing around £30 (or even less if you opt for cloth pads), it’s an absolute bargain in comparison! You’ll reduce plastic waste by nearly 100% by switching to reusable products. What more could you ask for?
Let’s make the best of our monthly visits! We don’t need to feel squeamish about it – let’s find some joy in the equipment we need.
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