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Tampons are known for having seriously bad effects on the environment – just one of us uses around 11, 000 throwaway tampons and pads in a lifetime – and, at the same time, can cause problems for your vagina. On top of this, we’re also charged tax on the sanitary products we buy per month for our periods. Thankfully, menstrual cups take away these three problems, but, what are they like to use?
To use a menstrual cup, you insert and remove throughout the day (dependent on the recommended hours and your period) similarly to how you would use a tampon. Unlike tampons, menstrual cups only collect your period blood and don’t absorb your vagina’s natural fluids or disrupt the pH balance. You’re then saved from the uncomfortable issues that come from this such as thrush. Also, there are plenty of different colours, shapes and sizes to go for dependent on your body and preference,
However, the term ‘menstrual cup’ doesn’t sound all to appealing or user-friendly. To make their use far more accessible are these brands:
Possibly the best known menstrual cup available, the Moon Cup seems to be the go-to brand for a lot of women based on awareness and recommendation. As the original and trusted option, Mooncup is also an ethical company ‘changing the way things get done’.
For all the organic beauty lovers this cup will be the most popular for you. It takes care of your body as it is latex, dyes, toxins and bleaches making your female hygiene items feel just a caring as a beauty routine. You can wear them up to 12 hours and can be used for years.
Having recently collaborated with Swedish fashion brand Monki, Lunette are known for bringing menstrual cups to mainstream millennial use. By making ‘periods cool’, the brand show that a menstrual cup isn’t as daunting as the name suggests. They also can be worn for up to 12 hours, are BPA free and vegan.
The main drawback with trying a menstrual cup for most women is that if it doesn’t work with your body it’s a higher one-time price that purchasing tampons (there could be £50-£60 wasted). To help you decide on whether or not the purchase is worth it for you, here are Youtubers that have been brave and shared there experience and thoughts.
From the feedback above and the brands themselves, it seems that the menstrual cup could entirely replace popular sanitary products we’re familiar with. Of course, much like a first tampon experience it seems that trying the menstrual cup can have that slight discomfort, but, once used to the idea and the fit it’s ideal. Maybe these are in fact the solution to the physical, environmental and financial issues with tampons and pads.