On average Women in New Zealand will spend around $16,000 on periods during their lifetime. This includes tampons, disposable pads, and pain relief. Not to mention the excessive amount of plastic waste. 240 tampons each year will be flushed down the toilet, scary thought.
There are different options for using disposable tampons and sanitary pads that have been around for over 80 years. With the growing trend for going sustainable to help protect the planet, menstrual cups are fast gaining popularity.
Some women are put off by the idea of using a menstrual cup and reusable pads, however, once you learn more about them and how to use them it becomes less scary. When tampons first came out women felt the same way.
1) Will it smell?
Good question. The answer is NO. The menstrual smell only occurs when it meets with the air. Using a menstrual cup the blood is collected internally.
2) Will it hurt?
Menstrual cups are suitable for women of all ages and sizes. If you have never used tampons before or under the age of 25 and not yet had a baby it is recommended to use the small size. Like using tampons it takes a little bit of getting used to but should not feel uncomfortable or hurt. Make sure you are feeling relaxed and rushed before trying your cup.
3) What size should I get?
The menstrual cups come in two sizes. Small is recommended for women under 25 years old and who have not had children. The large size is for women over 25 years old or who have had children.
4) What is it made from?
Menstrual Cups are made from medical grade silicone, they are latex-free and contains no dyes, toxins or bleaches. It's also great for women with sensitive skin.
5) How long will it last?
If you care for your menstrual cup it will last a good 10 years saving you thousands of dollars. You only need to change it every 10 hours giving you more times to enjoy all other activities without the stress of running to the bathroom.
Another great sustainable sanitary product is our Bamboo reusable pads. These are perfect to wear overnight and replaces those disposable pads that end up in landfills. Very absorbent and quick drying. They are also great for straight after childbirth. Place in the freezer to cool them down then wear, this helps to ease the pain from a vaginal birth.