Menstrual cups are natural alternatives to the conventional menstrual products such as pads and tampons. These flexible menstrual products are made of medical grade silicone and are very good for our environment. In this article, I will give you 10 great reasons why you should consider replacing your current pads or tampons for the eco-friendly and reusable menstrual cup.
10 Reasons Why Use A Menstrual Cup
#1 Non-Toxic – No Link To TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)
With disposable tampons, there is that link with TSS, which is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that may be caused by wearing tampons for too long. There was a recent article in the news about a model from Los Angeles who lost her leg due to TSS from her tampon. You can read more about this awful incident HERE!
It’s really sad to read something like this, especially because there are many women who wear tampons. Usually the package does have a warning about the potential risk of TSS with using tampons.
The good new with menstrual cups is that these products are very safe to use and have no reports of TSS associated with them. In fact, the design of the menstrual cup is unlikely to cause bacterial infections, because unlike tampons, menstrual cups do not absorb menstrual fluid! When a cup is inserted into the vagina, it is protected from the air by a light seal on the vaginal wall. This prevents or slows down bacteria growth. Therefore, no bacterial infection should occur.
#2 No affect on vaginal environment
With disposable tampons, it basically absorbs everything, blood and other vaginal secretions, which can make the vagina feel dry. But with menstrual cups, they only collect the fluid, therefore, it does not affect the pH of the vaginal environment and the fluids. This is better for your body because it allows your body to function naturally by not changing the normal environment of the vagina.
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#3 Can wear it for much longer
Menstrual cups can be left in the vagina for up to 12 hours. It’s very convenient and comfortable. With disposable tampons, you need to change them frequently, at least 3 times a day (depends of how heavy your flow is). There is that risk of TSS with wearing tampons for too long.
#4 Saves You Money
It is well worth buying a menstrual cup that you can reuse over and over again. They are not expensive to buy and can last 10 years or more. Have a read about how much you can save with menstrual cups compared to disposable tampons HERE! There is no doubt that you WILL SAVE A LOT!
#5 Very Comfortable
Since the menstrual cup is made of the flexible silicone, you will feel comfort while wearing it and can freely do all those activities that you want. But for first timers, it may feel uncomfortable at first. But once you’ve got it right, it should feel comfortable.
#6 No Odor
The great thing about menstrual cups is that you won’t notice any odor associated with having your period. When you use pads or tampons, they are normally exposed to air which causes that nasty distinct odor. But with menstrual cups, the seal prevents blood from being exposed to air and natural oxidation, therefore, you should not smell and feel cleaner too!
#7 No Chemicals
The material used to make menstrual cups have no nasty chemicals that cause problems for your body. But with disposable tampons, however, they contain bleached cotton, rayon/viscose fibers, and dioxin. Dioxin is toxic and is linked to cancer. This chemical is produced during tampon manufacture. Menstrual cups are a better natural alternative and your body would love it too.
As mentioned above, menstrual cups are very earth friendly. It’s a reusable product which does not contribute to the landfills. If each women decides to make that switch to using a reusable menstrual cup for their period for at least 10 years, imagine what our landfills would look like. It will definitely do our environment a big favor!
#9 No Leaks
When a menstrual cup is fitted properly into the vagina, there should not be any leaks from it. If there is, then it’s most likely not inserted properly.
#10 Preparation For Period
If you are expecting your period to come soon, but it hasn’t arrived yet, you can prepare for it by inserting the menstrual cup ahead of time. Menstrual cups are good because you can leave it in there for a long time and still feels comfortable. It is stress-free and doesn’t do any harm to your body. This is an advantage over tampons.
Menstrual cups have many advantages over tampons and pads. They are generally better for your body and also for our environment. I love the fact that they do not contribute to our landfills and can save us so much money over the long run. If you have never used a silicon menstrual cup before, learn how to use one by watching this video HERE!
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