Almost everyone who has tried a menstrual cup will never go back to pads or tampons because menstrual cups are far superior in many ways. Here are the top five reasons why you should make the switch; once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back.
The Convenience of Menstrual Cups
Let’s face it–who likes carrying around pads and tampons with them when they’re on the go and finding a store that sells them if you get your period unexpectedly. Nobody. Diva Cups and other menstrual cups can be left in for up to 12 hours so just put it in the morning, wear it all day and then change if when you get home in the comfort of your own bathroom.
The Environment and Menstrual Cups
Studies have found that the average woman uses 18 pads and/or tampons per cycle and there are women with heavy flows who use a lot more than that. That’s a lot of plastic, cardboard and cotton that require large amounts of energy to make as well as going straight to the landfill because recycling isn’t possible.
Reusable menstrual cups last for years so you can avoid all that garbage going straight to the landfill, month after month after month. It makes a difference.
Menstrual Cups are Cheaper than Pads and Tampons
The average woman uses one pack of tampons and one pack of pads/cycle. If they cost $5 each, that’s $10/cycle and $120/year. Over the course of her lifetime (12 years—>50 years old), she’ll spend about $4,500.
Or, she could just buy something like the Diva Cup, replace it every 4 years and the cost will be $300 (10 replacements x $30) for a savings of $4200.
Menstrual Cups Work all Night
We’ve all been there–on the night of your heaviest flow we wake up with bloody underpants because the pad shifts around when we’re sleeping and even the biggest tampon can’t hold enough to last through the night.
Menstrual Cups hold 1 ounce of blood (30ml) while the most absorbent tampons only 15-18ml so your margin of safety is almost doubled. No more stained underwear or bedding and no more stumbling to the bathroom in the middle of the night to change tampons.
Menstrual Cups and Sports
For any woman who is active, the menstrual cup is like a dream come too. Put it in, and go for your long run, hike, bike, scuba dive or swim with no worries about carrying an extra tampon with you. Shower in a public place without worrying about the ick factor of having a tampon string hanging out of you.
If you do anything like overnight backpacking, menstrual cups are perfect-no waste for you to carry out and it’s quite easy to empty and clean them, even on the go.