Every woman has to deal with menstruation. Single-use tampons and pads are the most common products to handle our monthly process. No one really likes to talk about it, but this is a topic that interests me a lot. These products bring environmental – and health costs with it.
Tampons and pads are made to be used once and to be thrown away after that. Facts show that the average woman uses roughly 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. It takes centuries for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill. In addition, the process of manufacturing these products is both resource and chemical intensive. All these chemicals can be toxic to our health and could cause sicknesses like the Toxic Shock Syndrome. Tampons and pads typically contain additives like bleach, chlorine, glue, lotion and perfume. Tampons are the worst because they dry out your skin.
As a more sustainable and healthy option, I found the OrganiCup. This is a cup made out of medical grade silicone that collects the blood. The silicone is hygienic and antibacterial. Unlike tampons, this cup does not cause irritation and dryness while ensuring the natural pH balance stays intact. OrganiCup has no bleach, chlorine, glue, lotion or perfume and has never been associated with TSS, nor any allergies. If used correctly, you can reuse your OrganiCup for up to ten years. #savemoney!
My personal experience:
I ordered the menstrual cup from this site: https://www.organicup.eu The order took eight days to arrive. Once I got my period I took the menstrual cup out of the package and I boiled it for five minutes to ensure it was sterilized. After it cooled down and read the instructions, I started using it. I have to admit that I felt a little nervous but soon enough it felt normal. I didn´t have any pain and I felt nothing while doing sport.
Can I sleep with it? Absolutely. The OrganiCup is very comfortable, it is secured in position by a light vacuum. Over four nights I didn’t experience any leaking accidents at all.
I was very much surprised by the amount of blood that comes out. Because it is actually a very small amount! I was doubting if I should clean the cup after five hours, but then I waited patiently for twelve hours. How positively surprised I was to see that the amount of blood is way less than I eventually thought. Another positive surprise was the neutral smell! Really! Unlike the pads and tampons, the collected blood in the cup it doesn´t stink at all!
How do I clean it? Just simply rinse it with water and put it back in. If you are not at home but in a public bathroom with a separate sink, you can wipe it with toilet paper and rinse it when you get home.
My routine was like this: In the morning I put it in under the shower and after twelve hours I would take it out. I flushed the blood away in the toilet, rinse the cup with water and put it back in.
By choosing a menstrual cup you help reducing the impact on our natural environment. You keep your body healthier, your life easier and your wallet fuller as well. And you will get to know your body better. Why is this option not marketed often? Because this kind of products does not offer a huge profit to major corporations and multinationals. You only need to buy a menstrual cup once in ten years!
Do you have experience with a menstrual cup or have any question? Let me know in the comments below.