Hey Kind Friends!
Today I have a TMI post on why I switched to menstrual cups instead of sticking to the trusty tampon. I have been thinking about this switch for awhile now (similarly to when I switched to cruelty-free products and stopped using shampoo) but then once I made the actual switch I realized I should have started a heck of a lot sooner. Here is the process I went through and my reasoning behind it.
This all started in 2010 when I switched my usual tampons (buying whatever is cheapest) to buying exclusively O.B. tampons. O.B. is a tampon brand that does not have an applicator. When I uploaded a video about choosing O.B. a bunch of people told me I should switch to menstrual cups if I really wanted to be eco-friendly. That is totally true… but it annoyed me all the same. I like to do things in steps. Apparently in other countries it’s common to not use applicator tampons but here in the USA it’s pretty rare. All of my girl friends thought I was really weird for using O.B so they are probably going to freak when I tell them about the menstrual cups.
So for years I exclusively used O.B. tampons. If you want to be more eco-friendly but still want to use tampons, I highly recommend them.
But then a few months back I finally bit the bullet (after finishing my tampon box, of course) and bought reusable Softcups in bulk from Amazon.
Softcups are just what they sound like. Menstrual cups that are indeed soft. If you haven’t heard of menstrual cups before, it’s basically a small cup that you put up your vagina similarly to a tampon. Except since it’s a small cup it actually collects the blood into the cup instead of being absorbed into cotton.
Most menstrual cups are made of silicone. Softcups are made of a different material so that they can be softer, which is why they are only reusable for one period cycle. The coolest thing about Softcups is that you can have sex while wearing them. Yup. No-mess intimacy while on your period and your significant other can’t even feel it’s there. That’s a big plus and is not possible with traditional silicone cups.
Also, with menstrual cups you generally only clean your cup in the morning and then at night before bed rather than tampons that you have to replace upwards of 4 times a day. With menstrual cups you just dump out the blood that accumulated in the cup into the toilet and then rinse it in the sink and re-insert. It sounds gross but it really isn’t that big of a deal. I do plan on eventually buying a more durable use-forever menstrual cup, just to be more eco-friendly and cost effective, but for now I’m going to enjoy how awesome Softcups are.
For even more details on menstrual cups, including why I think tampons are actually not-that-great for you and how to actually insert them, continue reading on omghow.
[Image on the left: Menstrupedia]