6 Reasons Menstrual Cups Made My Life So Much Easier
Using a menstrual cup seriously changed my life!
Why I Love Using A Menstrual Cup
It might seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but menstrual cups really have changed my life for the better. I have really heavy bleeding when I first start my period and felt like I was blowing through tampons and even used a pantyliner to catch leaks. I didn't like going out in public on those days because I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get to a bathroom if I needed one.
After learning about menstrual cups and their benefits, I wanted to make the switch. It took me ages to, but I finally did and couldn't be happier. I know they aren't ideal for everyone, such as homeless people who may not always have access to clean them, but as someone with multiple chronic illness, I can no longer imagine using anything but menstrual cups because it improves my quality of life.
Between chronic pain, debilitating symptoms, and fatigue, not having to worry about my period quite as much makes such a difference in my life. I've included some awesome ways using a menstrual cup can make a difference in your life too!
1. They will save money
Saving money is always good in my book! Since I started using my menstrual cup, I haven't had to buy any tampons or pads, saving me a ton of money over the months. According to Lunette, a manufacturer of menstrual cups, a single menstrual cup can last up to 10 years as long as it's well-cared for and doesn't get any tears or rips in it. Think of how much money you'll save in 10 years!
2. Menstrual cups are eco-friendly
The average person goes through 22 pads and tampons a month, which equals out to about 2640 over the course of 10 years. Each of those pads and tampons end up in a landfill, whereas someone may only need a handful of menstrual cups during their lifetime. That equals out to much less waste, and I feel pretty good knowing I'm not generating as much waste as I could be using a menstrual cup.
3. Menstrual cups are safer than tampons
Tampons come with a low risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a bacterial infection, because they absorb the blood your body is releasing. Menstrual cups collect blood, meaning they have no risk of giving you TSS.
4. Period underwear become a thing of the past
As long as your menstrual cup is inserted properly, you're much less likely to leak onto your clothes than you are wearing a tampon. A menstrual cup forms a seal or suction inside your vaginal canal that guides blood into the cup.
5. They don't need changed as often as pads and tampons
While tampons are to be used no longer than 8 hours, pads are supposed to be changed after no longer than 4 hours due to odor-causing bacteria growth. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, only need to be changed every 12 hours. If you have a heavier flow, you may need to empty your cup sooner. Menstrual cups also hold a lot more blood than tampons and pads!
6. They're really easy to use
Menstrual cups do, admittedly, take a bit of getting used to. The first time I ever used mine, I didn't put it up far enough and had horrible cramping during a family function. Later, I read different techniques on how to insert a menstrual cup and have loved my cup ever since!
If you're new to menstrual cups, I'd recommend trying it out for the first time during a day you'll be home for a while and not when you have somewhere to be like I did!