Throughout a woman’s lifetime, it’s believed that she will use an average of 16,800 pads or tampons. Tampons and pads can be cheap, but what if you could eliminate having to purchase them each month? You’ll be saving so much money over your lifetime, and also eliminating thousands of tampons and pads from making their way into our landfills. Here’s how you can do it:
Reusable menstrual cup, such as a Diva Cup, Moon cup, or Keeper. These are generally made of medical grade silicone. What’s nice about these is that there’s no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) like you can get by using tampons. Also, it’s much more comfortable and pretty easy to use. It costs around $25 and should last forever. By using bleached tampons, you are subjecting your “girly bits” to bleach, chemicals, perfumes, irritants, and cotton fibers; and really, does that sound like a good thing? Not to me. I don’t want bleach or chemicals to be absorbed into my body through um, there.
DivaCup or Keeper?
I had been a big fan of the Diva Cup for years, but decided I wasn’t crazy about it. I then decided to switch to the Keeper Cup because it was made out of natural rubber and the stem was longer. I love it! I think it is more flexible than the Diva Cup and you can’t even tell it’s in there. Plus, the longer stem helps with removal. I know a few women that have complained about not being able to remove their menstrual cup. There is a very slight learning curve with menstrual cups. When I first started using mine, I didn’t have it sealed all the way and had leaking problems. I was pretty mad! After I figured out how to fix it, I was a lot happier and have used my Keeper cup since.
If you aren’t a fan of the menstrual cup, you may want to give the next product a try.
Cloth Menstrual Pads or “Mama Cloth”
Cloth menstrual pads are pretty self explanitory, but I’ll give you a little break down on their benefits as well. Cloth pads are usually made from flannel, and some of them have a layer of PUL (polyurethane laminate) to make them waterproof. Cloth pads are nice for women that prefer pads to tampons. Cloth menstrual pads are used like a regular disposable pad, and are much more comfortable. A large benefit of cloth menstrual pads over disposable pads is the fact that you are not exposing your feminine parts to toxins by direct contact. Disposable pads are made of chemically treated wood pulp! Yikes. You can even make your own pads if you are so inclined. Unlike the menstrual cups, cloth pads do require a little more work. Obviously they have to be washed, and that turns some women off.
I use both cloth menstrual pads and the Keeper menstrual cup. I definitely prefer the Keeper menstrual cup over the cloth pads, but sometimes it’s more convenient to slap a pad on versus inserting the menstrual cup.
Either way you go, you are doing your wallet, body, and environment a favor buy using alternative menstrual products. I know it may sound gross, but I promise it’s not that bad!
Would you consider switching to a menstrual cup or cloth pad?