Why I am giving up tampons and reaching for a menstrual cup
Now I am about to get a little messy here, on a subject matter that is somewhat taboo in today’s society and dig into the subject matter of periods. Now, guys, you can stop reading here, and ladies tune in.
Dealing with that crime scene in your pants!
Over recent years I have noticed a big fluctuation in my hormones, I was getting heavy periods – (we are talking crime scene here people) that lasted up to 10 days, went away for a few then came back. I was essentially bleeding for more days than I was not. This meant I was spending a small fortune on tampons, pads, stain remover, new sheets from those times the tampon was just not enough, not to mention doctors appointments to find out why the hell my body was being so mean to me.
I remember several embarrassing moments when after just 45 minutes I had soaked through a super tampon and left a stain on a bed, in my shorts, or inevitably had to throw out a set of sheets because I just didn’t want to deal with that s**T and feel like crap. It must be something about being in your 30’s as I have talked to another friend about this – who had similar experiences.
The cost of heavy periods
I think I was spending around $8 per pack of tampons, and using between 2-4 boxes a month $32 a month + 4 on pads. That is $36 per month and $432 a year. No to mention the underwear and sheets that were ruined!
Why I am ditching tampons and pads and replacing them with a menstrual cup.
- Sanitary pads and tampons are bloody expensive. Let’s say you use 20 tampons each month, along with pads, painkillers and trips to the pharmacy or supermarket. That is about $20 per month. Of even more, if you are like my family with four women. That is a cost of around $250 per year. Now if every woman has 456 periods in their lifetime, that would equate to a cost of over $9120. Now I don’t know about you, but I would rather have a holiday in Hawaii than spend 10 grand on tampons.
- Menstrual cups are extremely cost-effective. One cup can last up to 10 years and at a cost of around $55 you would break even in 3 – 4 periods in comparison to the cost of tampons. And if you are like me with a super short cycle of about 18 days, this can mean a HUGE SAVING!
- Reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome – We all learnt the risks of leaving a tampon in for more than 8 hours during health class at school. Or read the occasional horror story in the paper or cosmo. Because menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone they can stay in overnight until you have time to empty them.
- No nasty chemicals going up your hoo-ha! – As I mentioned above, I was having some pretty horrendous periods, so I started looking into what could be causing my hormones to go so haywire. I started to stumble on some pretty gross facts about tampons, and how when the cotton is bleached with chemicals, there can be all sort of nasties you are essentially inserting into yourself.
- Be kind to the environment – The government and your local council spend millions of dollars on dealing with the things we flush down our toilet. Flushing tampons put a strain on these systems. With a menstrual cup you just pop it in, let it collects all the goop from your ovaries, then when it is convenient you can just pull it out over the toilet or in the shower and wash the remnants of aunt flow down the drain. Then all you need to do is give it a rinse, or wipe, and it is ready to reuse again.
So what do you think?
I have friends on both sides of the fence. Some women think that they are amazing, they save money and would never go back. Others think it is super gross (but then so was the concept of a tampon 30 years ago). I would love to hear your thoughts and please share how much you are spending on sanitary items each month if you are game.