Warning ladies and gents, this one may get a bit graphic. But why does it have to be graphic? In this post we’re talking about a natural occurrence that billions of women experience every month. Our periods! Just like the moon, we move through 4 inner states and hormonal phases, it’s time we celebrate and honor our natural cycles by talking about products and lifestyle changes that connect us more with our bodies and the environment at the same time! And if you’re a male, this one’s for you too…share with your wives, girlfriends, & lady friends!
So why should you consider making the switch to using a menstrual cup? Below I’d like to share Mexican blogger, environmentalist, and freelance writer, Suheii Castro’s blog post on her 8 reasons why she made the switch to using a menstrual cup. I’ve added some of my own commentary and remarks to her blog, check it out:
1.- Greater freedom, comfort & safety – Menstrual cups make you feel free because you don’t even feel it. Unlike a pad or tampon, a menstrual cup isn’t heavy, doesn’t smell, and you don’t even feel it once you pop it in! It can be used whenever and wherever: going to school or work, sleeping, frolicking around naked, swimming, exercising, traveling, even doing handstands!
2.- Prevents infections – Menstrual cups have less bacterial growth than tampons or pads (source). When pads and tampons are contaminated by blood or urine and then left in too long, these warm and moist areas allow bacteria and infections to easily grow. Using a menstrual cup will keep you well ventilated and promises much better hygiene. Menstrual cups are FDA-certified, made of medical grade silicon, and do not contaminate, alter the pH, absorb vaginal moisture, or release any chemicals into your body.
3.- Cheaper cost – For around $30, you can take care of your period using a product that will last you 10 years or longer saving you lots of $$$ by not purchasing tampons and pads every month!
4.- Protects the environment – By using a menstrual cup you’re contributing enormously to a cleaner and healthier planet.
Tampons and pads contribute to an enormous amount of solid waste. There are more than 3.7 billion of us women in the world. In our lifetime, we bleed around 2,500 days. Imagine how many menstrual products every single woman sends to the landfill, the streets, the rivers, oceans, etc.
5.- Collects blood longer – Up to 12 hours without having to empty it! (depending on how heavy your flow is)!
In fact, by using common menstrual products your flow may seem heavy but in reality it may not be. The amount of blood lost is usually between 4 to 12 teaspoons each menstrual cycle. For that reason, different cup sizes were designed to hold from 15 to 40 ml.
6.- Connects you with your body – Since you have to physically insert this little baby (I like to fold it like a fortune cookie and then pop it up), you’ll have the opportunity get to know your feminine parts better helping you get used to your bleeding and visualize your menstruation as part of your feminine essence.
7.- No bad odors – No oxidation, no bad odors!
8 .- No one notices – The cup is invisible to others, and since you can leave it in for up to 12 hours, you don’t have to worry about changing it out often throughout the day.
I was so excited when Suheii shared this blog post with me to share with you all! Using my Lena Cup has seriously changed my life forever. If you’ve been considering a menstrual cup, I suggest you do your research on which one might best fit your needs. I highly recommend the Lena Cup, extremely comfortable, fits perfectly, and I can wear it almost the entire day without having to take it out. I not only feel more connected to my body and my cycle, but I also save money and help the environment at the same time!
Original article written by: Suheii Castro
Suheii Castro is an environmentalist, freelance writer, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. Overnight backpacking experiences in the wilderness helped her understand better the vulnerability of our planet. She now dedicates her time to sharing her knowledge with others throughout Latin America using her blog La Voz del Medio Ambiente.