Tampons. It seems like most people have kind of a love/hate relationship with them. They work reasonably well, but they’re also expensive (like thousands of dollars over a lifetime expensive) and we’re constantly running out of them in the most inconvenient times
Something you might not know.
Many popular tampon brands contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals in them. And of course, they also come with the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Is there a better way? Yes! Let’s talk about the menstrual cup. There are a number of reasons why you might consider making the switch.
Menstrual Cups Save Money, and Lots of it
Most people spend thousands of dollars on periods over a lifetime. That’s certainly a lot of thousands more than I want to spend. My guess is that it’s the same for you.
Menstrual cups cost around $30 USD, and can last for years. When compared to tampons and disposable pads, you can save some serious money.
Tampons Add to Landfill Overflow
The average person uses more than 10,000 tampons during a lifetime. That’s a lot of waste going to the landfill. Particularly bad, are the ones with non-biodegradable plastic applicators.
High quality menstrual cups can last for around five years, which ends up being a handful of cups over a lifetime. It really can make a big difference!
We All Could Use Extra Time
Okay moms, let’s get real. I know you’re busy and sometimes don’t really have time to deal with your period. This is where a menstrual cup is way better.
Normal tampons hold 5 ml of fluid, while jumbo tampons come in at 10. The average menstrual cup holds 30 ml, while there are even some high-capacity ones that hold 40 ml or more (the Super Jennie is one of my personal favourites).
What does this mean for you? 3-4x the capacity means 3-4x less period hassle. If you have to change your tampon every 3 hours, you can make it 10 hours with a cup. Impressive!
Menstrual Cups Are Better for Your Health
Tampons sometimes contain toxic chemicals in them. They come from the pesticides used to grow the cotton, as well as from the manufacturing process. These endocrine disruptors have been linked to a number of serious problems including brain disorders, reproductive issues, cancer, and obesity.
Scary Stuff, Right?
You can avoid this whole thing by using a top-quality menstrual cup. Plus, you’ll lower your risk of TSS and they won’t stick you with the tampon tax in the check out line. Love it? We sure do.