About Reusable Menstrual Cups
Hi there, this is Jackie Bolen, creator (and chief menstrual cup tester) of Reusable Menstrual Cups and the author of the book, “The Ultimate Guide to Menstrual Cups: An Eco-Friendly, Safe, Affordable Alternative to Tampons” (available on Amazon). She’s also the host of the Aunt Flo Show, the only podcast dedicated exclusively to eco-friendly period products.
Can you believe that I had never heard of menstrual cups (or reusable cloth pads) until I was in my early 30’s? I’m not sure how this came to be, but when I heard about it, I immediately went out and bought one. And of course, loved it.
I looked around and found that there just wasn’t much information about them on the Internet. So, I started this website in early 2015 to review them. Around that time, eco-friendly period products seemed to hit the big-time, so I’ve been kept busy reviewing all the new products! There seems to be no end in site.
What’s our Ultimate Goal at Reusable Menstrual Cups?
Our ultimate goal is that every menstruating person in the world will have a reusable feminine hygiene product (menstrual cup or cloth pads) in their hands, including people in developed, and underdeveloped countries around the world. They are much better for the environment, far cheaper than disposable pads or tampons, and come without many of the health risks. They’re amazing!
Beyond that, we hope that by reviewing menstrual cups, period panties, cloth pads, and pee funnels accurately and in detail, you’ll be able to make the best choice for your specific needs.
There are many different brands, sizes, and styles to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming. Our goal is to help you make the best choice for your body type and needs so that you don’t waste your time and money!
We also aim to be the go-to source of information for women’s health issues such as vaginal discharge, perimenopause and menstrual cycles. There just isn’t enough good, accurate, and easy to read information about these things on the Internet these days. We hope to provide well-researched, great information that’s free of medical jargon.
Be the change you want to see in the world! We hope that we’re doing just that.
Who Reviews Products and Writes Articles here at Reusable Menstrual Cups?
There are three people behind Reusable Menstrual Cups and we’re all based in Vancouver, Canada. Learn more about us here:
Jackie Bolen, MA
Jackie Bolen has been obsessed with eco-friendly period products for years and is the chief tester and expert here at Reusable Menstrual Cups. She thinks she might know more about menstrual cups, reusable cloth pads, and period panties than just about anyone in the world. She’s been testing and reviewing these things for almost a decade.
Jackie is the author of, “The Ultimate Guide to Menstrual Cups,” which is most comprehensive guide to menstrual cups available anywhere in the world. You can find it on Amazon.
When not testing out this stuff to help you make the best choice, she can usually be found paddling the rivers, or on top of a mountain around Vancouver, Canada. She also loves drinking coffee and hanging out with her cat Lucy.
You can contact her via email at: [email protected]
You can find Jackie on social media at:
What can you find in her bathroom? The Sckooncup, Bluebird cloth pads, and the Pibella. Although she is also a bit partial to the DaisyCup and Lena Cup. In reality, she usually tries a different one each month in order to write reviews of these products for her readers!
Tammy Ford, MSN
Tammy Ford is the resident expert for all things Women’s Health (vaginal discharge and infections, perimenopause, menstrual cycles and more) and is also a chief tester of all things eco-friendly period products. She has a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and specializes in reproductive health.
What can you find in her bathroom? She loves to use the XO Flo menstrual cup, Party in My Pants cloth pads, and the She-Wee for camping. However, as one of the chief testers of eco-friendly period products, it’s a rare day that she’s not trying out some new stuff.
Carrie Hammil, BSc, B.Ed
Carrie is the resident expert on all things female urination devices/pee funnels. It’s an exciting day when she gets a new one in the mail to try out! She loves all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, kayaking and mountaineering and hopes to scale Everest one day.
When not outside, you can find her teaching biology to high school students.
What’s in her bathroom? Carrie is a bit of a reluctant menstrual cup user, but if pressed, she’ll tell you that she sticks with the tried and true Lunette Cup on trips. At home, she’s a fan of Rael organic tampons. For backpacking, she’s all about the tiny Pibella. But, for other uses like camping, she loves the Go-Girl Female Urination Device.
Reusable Menstrual Cups has Been Featured in:
- Elephant Journal
- The Wire Cutter
- The New Republic
- Hello Giggles
- The Ecologist
- Plastic Pollution Coalition
- Become Gorgeous
- Conserve Energy Future
- Deep in Mummy Matters
- Eco Warrior Princess
How We Review and Recommend Products
In order to make the best recommendations possible for eco-friendly period products, we follow a system that includes the following:
- Asking for review samples from companies (or buy them ourselves in some cases). We make no promises for a favourable review in exchange for this. We just promise to review the product.
- We try the products personally (Jackie Bolen, Tammy Ford, and Carrie Hammil). Jackie and Tammy generally try the reusable cloth pads, menstrual cups, tampons and pads. Carrie is the expert on all things pee funnels.
- We look carefully at the user reviews on Amazon to uncover some common pros and cons for each product.
- We see what other reviewers have said about the product, both in blogs and on YouTube.
- We check the company website and product description on Amazon carefully for all the little details (sizing information, product materials, where it’s made, etc.). This sometimes involves contacting the company for more specific information. We’ll sometimes get on a Skype or phone call with a company rep for more details.
- We compare the product to similar products in the category. For example, an overnight cloth pad to other heavy cloth pads. Or, a low-cervix cup to other shorter menstrual cups.
- We write our review, leaving it open to feedback from the people who read the review, or corrections from the company (on factually incorrect things, for example, about sizing).
How We Source Medical Information
After extensive research, the team of writers at this website put the article together. Our favourite sources of women’s health information include the following:
Health Link BC (Canada): Health information from the province of British Columbia, Canada.
NHS (UK): Health information for people in the UK from the health care system.
Health Direct (Australia): From the Australian government.
Women Health (USA): From the office of Women’s Health in the USA
What People are Saying about Reusable Menstrual Cups
Here’s just a few of the things that our readers are saying about this website:
“Thanks so much your quiz! I did it a few months ago, and bought the Lena Sensitive based on your recommendation. After using it for a few months, I love it, 100%. It’s easy to insert and didn’t leak, even from the first few times.” Laia
“I really appreciated the information about the difference between a yeast infection and BV. I’m headed to the doctor right now and am going to stop home remedies for a yeast infection! It seems like I actually have BV and am making it worse.” Morgan
“Thanks for clearing up the confusion about whether or not menstrual cups are FDA approved. I’ve always thought it was a bit sketchy how so many companies claim this about their cups but that it’s not really true.” Petrova
Contact Jackie Bolen
Please contact Jackie Bolen at [email protected] if you…
- Have questions, comments, thoughts, or concerns about Reusable Menstrual Cups
- Notice any website errors
- Would like to work together
- Want to know about advertising opportunities
- Want to send me some sample products to review
- Would like me to speak at your conference or event