Warning boys: This page contains a frank discussion about womanly cycles. Aunt Flo plays a staring roll. If you’re OK with that we won’t kick you out, but please remember you were forewarned!
Today I am going to reveal to you the best kept secret of womankind.
First some facts about menstruation:
- The average woman uses 15,000 pads and/or tampons in her life time (from age 12-52).
- This amounts to: $1900 out of her wallet (monthly $4.00, $48.00 yearly)
- Tampons are filled with harmful toxins and chemicals such as bleach and viscose rayon.
- The FDA refuses to reveal the exact contents of tampons claiming that it is proprietary information and therefore cannot be released.
- In the 75 years of tampons being on the market not one independent test has been done
- Tampons have been linked with TSS, Cancer and Infertility.
Want to know more? Check out this interview with Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr.: Director of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center. He is an expert on the dangers of tampons. He has appeared on shows such as 20/20, Oprah, Primetime, etc.
And then there is the environmental detriment tampons and pads are having. Kathleen and Amy explained well it on The Tyranny of Disposables blog:
While disposable tampon applicators and pads are smaller, they fill landfills just the same as diapers and take the same time to decompose. (Experts estimate that plastic diapers, sanitary pads, tampons, and applicators take 300 to 500 years to break down!) In fact, the average child only uses diapers for 2.5 years. The average woman uses tampons and/or pads for 35-40 years….approximately 500 periods. At 5 tampons or pads a day for 5 days that is 12,500 chemical infused pieces of cotton and plastic next to our bodies and deposited in our landfills. Nasty.
“Oh my god!” was my first reaction. And then…that’s horrible but what the hell can I do about. Every month I bleed…that is just the way of things. So I googled “eco-friendly menstrual products”
I got quite a few hits. There are several natural alternatives such as sea-sponge tampons and biodegradable pads. It sounded OK but they were pretty pricey and even a 100% sea sponge tampon would have to be shipped to my house. Then there are reusable-washable cotton pads. These are great but I don’t have the kind of time washable cotton pads would require to maintain. Then I discovered the best option of them all–the only one that provides UNPRECEDENTED FREEDOM for women.
This miraculous item allows us to cut the shackles of compulsory consumerism the big corporations have had us bound in since Kotex decided menstruation was more profitable than face tissue.
Let me introduce you to the menstrual cup! This is seriously the best invention of womankind!
Menstrual cups are bell-shaped flexible cups made from silicone or rubber that you wear internally. The technology and ingenuity of the device is truly incredible. The cup collects, you empty, wash and reinsert. That’s it. It couldn’t be simpler and there is nothing to throw away!
I know you are squeamish, I was too but I took a chance and I have never had a better period. It’s like you’re not even having a period–honestly! I would not lie about such a sacred thing.
Here are just a few of the spectacular benefits:
- The cup does not dry you out like tampons do
- Once it’s in, its like you don’t have a period.
- It creates a seal so you are odor and moisture free
- You can do everything you can do with a tampon (Swim, yoga, etc.) but for longer.
- You can wear it for up to 12 hours
- You buy it once a year (But the cups are sturdy pieces of equipment and many a woman has claimed to have kept her cup for much longer)
- Environmentally, its as green as it gets. The only waste is *er* waste
OK the one and only downside, there is a learning curve. Remember how awkward tampons were the first time you tried them? It’s like that. But just like tampons once you get the hang of it–its a whole new period.
I have been using my Diva cup for 2 years now (over 24 periods!) now and I am never going back!
My cup’s manufacturer Diva has a money back guarantee. My advice is to just try it. You won’t believe the difference!
Here’s a video glossary entry all about it:
This brand info list from www.ecomenses.com can help you find the right cup for you:
- Alicia – Information
- Diva Cup – Information
- Femmecup – Information
- Fleurcup – Information
- Green Donna – Information
- Keeper – Information
- Lady Cup – Information
- Lunette – Information
- MeLuna – Information
- Miacup – Information
- Mooncup (UK) – Information
- Moon Cup (USA) – Information
- Mpower – Information
- Pink Cup – Information
- Yuuki Cup – Information