Have you ever felt like you don’t want to leave your house or even your bed during your period? Me too. But what to do when you have to travel, or even just go to work? If you’re a woman, you probably have tried many things to make your periods just a little bit more comfortable. And if you’re anything like me, you probably have worried about all the extra waste you produce during your period. Here you will learn how to make your menstrual cycle a fuzz-free, eco-friendly time of the month.
I have always been a bit of a “hippie” child – for as long as I can remember, I have been in touch with nature and my body. But I have yet to see the beauty of the menstrual cycle. Never have I felt the connection with the rhythms of nature and “cleansing” side of my period like some people do. To me, like to millions of women worldwide, my menstrual cycle is a monthly burden. I used to suffer from irregular periods, menstrual cramps and many other unpleasant symptoms that come with having a period.
My journey to a more comfortable and eco-friendly period began when we were planning our big trip to Asia. Knowing well that I might run into some problems with finding women hygiene products, I started searching for a convenient solution that would help me deal with the unavoidable burden of having a period. Soon enough I found reusable pads and menstrual cups. Without much hesitation, I decided to give it a shot.
Here are some reasons for switching to more eco-friendly hygiene products.
Did you know one woman spends around $2,000 in her lifetime for sanitary products alone? According to the Huffington Post It can even go as high as $12,000 if you add the extra underwear and medicine. Also, if you decide to use organic cotton pads and tampons which are more costly, you’ll spend more. I tent to spend €10 per month and it is €120 per year.
One menstrual cup lasts for years and costs the same as you spend on disposables in 2-3 months. I use MoonCup and, honestly, switching to a menstrual cup is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my well being.
Saving the planet (I’m dead serious here)
Helo out our girl Mother Earth – reusable menstrual products are so much better for the environment than any disposable sanitary products in the market. Each woman uses about 10,000 sanitary products in her lifetime. These products end up in landfills, taking years to break down. Some even end up as trash in our water system, hurting sea animals and other wildlife. Ocean Conservancy volunteers collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators on our world’s beaches on a single day!
Regardless of your flow, you could only need one cup for 5+ years. Buying one MoonCup menstrual cup is an easy way to drastically reduce the waste you produce. They are also an ethical brand, and it’s certified by Vegan Society. That is the main reason why I chose this brand.
To be clear I am not sponsored by this brand. I am just happy about my experience and want to share it with other women! Although I put few affiliate links and if you decided to buy your first MoonCup through my link, I will get a small commission, you should know I would never promote a product I don’t believe in.
Fuss Free Travelling
One of the most annoying things about traveling is packing. Especially if you are leaving for a longer period of time and have to consider your menstrual cycle. How many tampons or pads do you need to pack? How much precious space is it going to take up?
The good thing about menstrual cups is their small size and the fact that they all come in a small bag to store it in. It takes up only a tiny bit of space in your luggage and you literally don’t have to worry about anything else. What is more, you only need to empty the cup after 8-12 hour of inserting it. So not only it is space-saving, but it’s also time-saving as well!
On the contrary, when you use reusable cloth pads every time you need to change it, you have to put it into the wet bag and carry it with you. Also, you have to rinse it in the evening or even wash it carefully and dry it. Reusable cloth pads take a lot of space and they are hard to dry. They are created to absorb your menstrual fluids. So the cleaning process can get a bit messy when traveling. I experienced that. ↓↓↓
Happy Period = Happy Body
I hate wearing pads. They feel like diapers and often make me question every move I make because of the fear of leakage. But it might come handy when you have a very heavy period and you are using a menstrual cup. You don’t know what your period has in mind for the night. It could decide to kick in full throttle and release so much blood, your cup might leak a little bit. It’s useful to combine a panty liner or pad with your cup before you go to sleep. Then you’re set for a long night of stain-free beauty rest.
Another thing I noticed is that I experience a lot fewer cramps and bloating. The reason is the usage of Kegel muscles when you insert the cup. When you’re placing the cup inside your vagina, it might not settle in the correct spot right away on its own. But if you contract your Kegel muscles a few times, drawing them upwards, it should shift the cup to the right place without you having to reach. When it comes to taking it out, you just do the opposite and push.
Reusable Cloth Pads vs. Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups are my favorite since I have tried it!
Pros of menstrual cup:
- It’s the most ECO-friendly option
- Holds 3 times more than a regular tampon
- No bulky spares to carry
- Lower risk of TSS
- No toxic tampons inside of you and your vaginal wall can’t get dry, because cups differently than tampons collect blood and not absorb it. Cups don’t interrupt the natural lubrication process of your body
- Saving money
- Uninterrupted sleep
- Living a more active life
- Won’t encourage bacterial transfer from the anal area as pads can
Cons of menstrual cup:
- It takes time to learn how to use it
- You can get into situations when it’s hard to wash it (once I didn’t have where to wash my hands in Asian toilet, but it’s rare. )
- Some women experience the need to urinate more while using a menstrual cup
- You might have to try out a couple of different cups before you find the right fit
Reusable cloth pads are a great alternative to disposables. These are pretty self-explanatory. In particular, one great benefit of the cloth pad eliminates that plastic-y diaper feel. They are more comfortable and breathable than disposable pads. But as it’s an ECO-friendly reusable version you have to clean it which requires more preparation and time, unlike with a menstrual cup. Also, you have to plan and carry a wet bag with you. Not to mention the fact it can encourage bacterial transfer from the anal area.
It‘s your decision what you’ll choose to use. It’s a delicate decision and you should definitely research your options before making a purchase. I would definitely recommend buying a menstrual cup. I would buy the MoonCup again.