An investment I made recently which will save me money in the long term, and also help to reduce my impact on the environment, was a menstrual cup.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a ‘small, foldable, reusable device made from silicone, rubber or plastic that collects, rather than absorbs, the blood when inserted into the vagina’ (Source: Mooncup.co.uk). I have been using one for about a year now, my chosen brand was Mooncup®.
Will a menstrual cup save me money?
Before switching to a menstrual cup, I would say I was spending on average £10 a month on sanitary products. Over the year that adds up to £120. I bought a Mooncup® for just £22 from Boots and they can last for years. Based on it lasting just three years, that’s a saving of £335 over that time! Buy one here.
Are they good for the environment?
Yes! I think that your reason for changing to a menstrual cup shouldn’t be purely financial. My main reason was to help reduce my impact on the environment. According to the Mooncup® website, a female can use over 11,000 disposable sanitary products in a lifetime. These are likely to end up in landfill, or even the ocean. There are so many more reasons to switch to using a cup, read the following article from the Mooncup® website which explains all the benefits of using one here.
Is it time to ditch tampons?
I also need to address some of the risks of using tampons. I had heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome but didn’t know much about it until I heard Lauren Wasser’s story. Read it here. The vagina is an absorbent part of the female body and tampons can include some nasty ingredients such as bleach! I think all young girls should be taught the risks of using tampons.
My review of using a menstrual cup
I am not going to lie and say that using a menstrual cup is a really pleasant experience. It does take some getting used to and at times it can be awkward and messy at times. It can be quite unpleasant in public when you have to use a toilet which doesn’t have a sink within the cubicle. But overall I am so glad that I made the change and I can’t see myself going back to using tampons.
Have you tried a cup? Let us know how your experience was! Or if you know of any other environmentally friendly sanitary products we should try!