Should I switch to a menstrual cups?
Tampons vs menstrual cup
We’ve been reducing our plastic, washing on low temperatures and even drive electric cars.
What else can we be doing to help the environment and reduce waste?
One place to look is your period.
During your period you might use 30, or more, tampons. There are lots of reusable products on the market now, from period pants to reusable pads. Even big high street brands like Bodyform are getting involved in this eco friendly period movement.
In this blog, we are going to take a look at tampons vs menstrual cups. Menstrual cups are an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and other period products.
Let’s go head to head and see if they are the right fit for you.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a flexible funnel shaped cup. It is made from something like silicone or rubber. You insert it into your vagina and it is able to collect period fluids rather than absorb it like a tampon or pad.
When it is full, or each time you go to the bathroom, you can easily take it out, empty, clean and reinsert it.
Why a menstrual cup?
There are a couple of main reasons why people have been making the switch to menstrual cups. Here are a few:
- Reduce single use plastic
- No worries about leaks
- No fear of pulling out a dry tampon (did anyone else just cringe then)
Tampons vs Menstrual Cups
Tampons have been around since the 1930’s. We’re pretty used to them now and they’ve been great.
Using tampons gives us that freedom to move about without feeling like you’re ‘rustling’. They let you go swimming on your period. You can’t feel them when they’re in properly. You can wear them with anything – even a thong!
However, there’s a darkside to tampons. Brace yourselves.
Tampons take between five hundred and a thousand years to decompose. In one person with period’s lifetime they can use around 10,000-14,000 tampons. Products, packaging and applicators add up to 300 pounds of waste in landfills and oceans – PER PERSON WITH PERIODS!!
Thankfully, there are eco-friendly tampons out there these days. They can be a little more pricey though.
This is where the menstrual cup wins a round or two.
As with tampons, you can still swim, wear thongs and jump about in an exercise class wearing a menstrual cup. The extra points goes to the cup when it comes to reducing waste and keeping the cost of your period down.
When you buy a cup you just need to buy one. They are around £8-£35 depending on the brand. They can last you 6 months to as long as 10 years with proper cleaning and care!
Think how much of the plastic you will be saving just by making the simple switch.
Is a menstrual cup right for me, or should I stick with tampons?
I can’t really tell you which you’d prefer. But, I can tell you that when you nail down how to insert the cup and get confident with emptying and cleaning it, you’ll find it just as easy as taking a tampon out of a packet.
You might want to do a gradual switch. Maybe use the cup at home and tampons when you are out, just until you get the hang of it.
We have a blog on menstrual cup FAQ’s where we cover why it could leak, how to clean it and more.
If you are looking for more ways to go green with your period, check out our tips on how to have an eco friendly period. We cover everything from the snacks you eat to the meds to take.