It's Time to Give Menstrual Cups a Chance
First thing’s first. What exactly are we talking about? A menstrual cup is a hygiene product that serves as an alternative to tampons or pads. They can be easily folded and inserted into your vaginal canal to collect menstrual flow, instead of absorbing it. The fluid is then disposable, and the cup is reusable.
To write this piece, we reached out to two female founders who believe in this product so much they started companies of their own to spread it around the world. After speaking to Vili Petrova from Lena Cup (voted best beginner cup in the United States) & Laura Restrepo from Bloom Cup (a company from Latin America), we came to the conclusion that the leading cause holding women back from using this magical invention is lack of information, which generally leads to fear.
So with that in mind, we decided to come up with a simple list of reasons why we think its time you give the cup a chance!
1. It's an environmental marvel
A few weeks ago we wrote a piece about “zero waste” living and the importance of reducing the amount of garbage we produce in this world, menstrual cups are a zero waste marvel. Let’s look at the numbers: people with periods use on average 11000-15000 sanitary products in a lifetime. Menstrual cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years, each! You do the math. Ok, no, we’ll do the math for you: that’s on average 99.96% less amount of products in a lifetime.
2. It’s incredibly easy to use
Menstrual cups come in different sizes that adapt to you, and they can be easily inserted into all body types. As put by Lena Cup’s founder Vili “menstrual cups work with your body, not despite it.” To remove it, you seamlessly pull it out and dispose of the collected flow. And just in case you’re having trouble, you won't be left alone to figure it out. Companies like Lena Cup in the US and Bloom Cup in Latin America, have wonderful customer service options to literally guide you through every step of the process until you become a pro.
3. It's a fantastic way to learn more about your body
We know talking about menstruation and women’s bodies is a taboo and knowing your body is an excellent place to start changing that. With traditional menstrual hygiene products, you rarely realize what’s going on during your period. Actually seeing the amount and characteristics of your menstrual flow can give you a lot of powerful information to understand your overall health. It’s a beautiful opportunity to get to know yourself!
4. You'll make it to yoga & have a good night’s sleep!
“Cups are extremely convenient and actually make it possible for you not to think about your period for 12 hours at a time”, stated Vili. These small devices are leak free for up to half of the day making them perfect for particularly active lifestyles. “The first time I slept with a menstrual cup I was anxious & thought it would leak, but it was extraordinarily comfortable, and sleeping on my period completely changed,” Bloom Cup founder Laura mentioned. “I started this company because I believe women should be able to experience hormonal changes peacefully. Our bodies shouldn’t make us feel limited but limitless!” she added.
5. Cups are a much safer option
Many tampons and pads are full of chemicals like bleach, polyacrylate, and rayon. Seriously, that’s what you're putting in your body when using those products. Quality cups, on the other hand, are toxin free so you don’t have to think about allergies and ingredients that are harmful to you and the environment.
6. Save some serious bucks
According to Laura, “on average a woman will spend sixty dollars on tampons each year,” if not more. One menstrual cup costs around thirty dollars or less and lasts up to ten years. Meaning that over ten years, you will spend 95% less on menstrual hygiene. And with that, we're guessing you're pretty much convinced!