I did a poll recently on my Instagram to see how many people knew about menstrual cups and were using them and I was surprised at how many beautiful ladies didn’t yet have them in their life. I thought I would take some time out to explain to you the benefits not only for you but for the environment in using a menstrual cup and what they actually are!
So first things first…
What is a menstrual cup? A menstrual cup is a reusable female hygiene cup used to collect the blood of your menstrual flow during the time of your period. (pictured below).
Next up why should you be using one? Well ladies honestly there are SO MANY reasons why you should make this investment, but I will list just a few.
- ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: You know the plastic straw hype? Well there are millions of plastic applicators off tampons also floating in the ocean getting caught up in fishermans nets. Tampon applicators are particularly problematic as a source of long term pollution. Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years, and depending onto the heaviness of your flow they can be worn for up to 12 hours (I must say I never make it that far but nonetheless the options there). So they are much more environmentally friendly Read here for more stats on the quantity of menstrual products polluting our ocean: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/plastic-periods-menstrual-products-and-plastic-pollution
- YOUR HEALTH: Not only are menstrual products such as pads and tampons polluting our oceans and earth, they are also polluting us. Tampon manufacturers do not have to disclose the ingredients in their products and we do not know exactly what tampons contain (scary right). And the all bright white look of the products might make it appear clean and inviting but in actual fact, the paper bleaching process means they often contain dioxin, one of the most carcinogenic substances known.
- COST: Menstrual cups cost between £10-15 pounds, (ours are priced at £11.11), that’s a one time cost for probably 5 years, potentially ten. Rather than £5 every month, do the maths.
- VAGINAL PH.Tampons absorb all your vaginal fluid along with the blood, which may disturb the delicate pH and bacterial balance in your vagina. Not to mention you run the risk of toxic shock syndrome with a tampon (no doubt related to the chemicals).
For me switching to a menstrual cup is a no brainer, but my best advice would be to try it and see if it works for you. You can visit our instagram page @_yonilove_ for updates of benefits and to purchase your very own.