There are a lot of information about the menstrual cup out there.
Here, I just want to tell you how I've been feeling about using it personally.
Whether or not you are interested in the cup at all, I think it's worth to read this short and honest review.
It was not one reason I started to use it.
I was searching for something safer on my body if I have to use it for at least twenty more years, also, something more cost effective and sustainable.
I found the reusable pad!
But there was a problem with it.
Yes... I'm not that passionate about washing the bloody pad every time I use it.😒
Then I found out about the menstrual cup!
In the article I read, it says people who live on physical activities such as soldiers use it.
I wanted to be active even on my period! So, I clicked and purchased it.
It starts from about $15 to $40, but because this is reusable I thought it was worthy.
And it's been almost two years of using.
❤ Cost effective
❤ Better for my body
❤ Need less time for change
❤ No dirty string from the tampon on my underwear
❤ Free from maxi pad restriction!
❤ Sustainable than the traditional.
I still had to buy some tampons and pads, but compared to the pre-menstrual, it's small amount. Is it sustainable? That goes to a deeper talk at the last part of this review.
Using the menstrual cup, I felt like I took care of myself better. Articles or news about toxic found in pads or tampons used to scare me.
"Although rare, toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has been long associated with tampons and new research indicates that chemical residue from cotton can leach into the body. The menstrual cup is made of flexible hypo-allergenic silicone, allaying concerns that fibers or chemicals are left behind in the vagina. Most menstrual cup companies report a suction seal that is formed between the vagina and the cup, claiming a decrease in risk of bacteria. However, this claim has not been proven scientifically.
Another good thing about the menstrual cup is that, on a light day, I don't have to spend much time to empty the cup. I need to empty it only once or twice a day. Also, There's no hassle with the string from the tampon nor the uncomfortable volume of the maxi pad, so that I can wear whatever I want during the period because I'm fashionable! 😎
👎 Messy to empty the cup
👎 Uncomfortableness time to time
👎 Still need backup
Whereas the number of need to refresh the menstrual method was reduced, it was pretty messy to empty the cup in a public bathroom.
Tip, wet some tissue and take it with you to a toilet.
Not only that but also, if you don't insert it the right way, it can leak a little. You have to find your own way to place it perfect. So, one bad thing about the menstrual cup is that I cannot 100% depend on it. It was the same when I used a tampon so, I don't mind this too much.
Time to time, I felt a kind of pressure around the area and the lower belly, and it was not comfortable.
The menstrual cup is not perfect, but after using the maxi pads and tampons with and without applicator for most of my periods, I became to like my menstrual cup the most.
It took some time but I found the right way for me to place it.
I feel like I'm doing something better for myself and for the Mother Earth where my body came from.
"It’s labeled as medical waste and does not need to be tracked, and in part because so little research has even looked at the scope of the problem. But rough estimates for the likely output are staggering: In 2018 alone, people in the U.S. bought 5.8 billion tampons, and over the course of a lifetime, a single woman will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons, the vast majority of which will wind up in landfills as plastic waste."
I might kickbox if someone who has never been on a period blames me for using a tampon. 'Do you think I like starting to bleed the day before I plan to go swimming with my friends?'
The reason I brought up this article was the plastic and other toxins.
"Tampons come wrapped in plastic, encased in plastic applicators, with plastic strings dangling from one end, and many even include a thin layer of plastic in the absorbent part. Pads generally incorporate even more plastic, from the leak-proof base to the synthetics that soak up fluid to the packaging."
(Women’s Voices For the Earth)
I'm finishing up this review with the test result of Always menstrual pad.
The Always menstrual pads were found to contain
several chemicals of concern, including the following:
(Women’s Voices For the Earth)