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What is a menstrual cup?
Menstrual cups are a reusable feminine hygiene product. They are usually made out of medical-grade silicone but occasionally latex rubber. They are bell-shaped cups used to collect menstrual blood that come in a variety of lengths, widths, and flexibilities.
Why would you use a menstrual cup?
You’ve been using tampons and/or pads for your whole life, so why would you ever think about changing? First, the cup is cheaper in the long run, like way cheaper.
I’m gonna throw a lot of averages your way that are not true for everyone, but it is a reasonable way for me to make price estimates. Just keep in mind this will vary from person to person but should be somewhere near accurate for the majority of people.
Here’s a little period knowledge for you—
- The average woman menstruates for approximately 38 years. (From ages 12 to 50)
- Most women bleed four days per month. (Three to five is average.)
- Tampons cost about 25 cents each and need to be changed every 6 hours. (Must be changed between four and eight hours.)
- If you use liners as a backup, they cost about 5 cents each and are changed about every four hours.
- Pads cost about 30 cents each and need to be changed every four hours.
- On average, there will be 96 hours of feminine product use. That means about 16 tampons or 24 pads a month.
Monthly Menstrual Cost
The monthly cost comes out to $4.80 for tampons with liners or $7.20 for pads. You may use a combination of all of these methods, so for simplicity’s sake, let’s say women spend about $6 per month or $72 per year on menstrual products. That’s around $3,000 for a lifetime of products.
Now that we’ve made it through all that menstrual math, we can do some comparing.
A cup costs about $40 and lasts five to ten years. That means it will save you anywhere from $320 to $680 in its lifetime! If you buy a new one every five years, it can save over $2,500 in your lifetime.
Pros of using a cup
- A cup can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time, meaning you can truly forget about being on your period. It’s perfect for travel and nighttime wear.
- How long you wear your cup will obviously depend on your flow, but most cups hold twice as much as a super-absorbent tampon or pad.
- Since the cup does not absorb anything, the user is at a significantly lower risk of developing toxic shock syndrome.
- They also do not contain any chemicals and additives that can be absorbed by your body.
- It is eco-friendly and sustainable since having less waste every month is better for the environment.
- It is also common among the cup users to have a drastic improvement in cramp pain.
What else should I know about menstrual cups?
To use this product you fold it, since they are very flexible, and roll it to insert it like you would a tampon. Once the cup is inserted it pops open and forms a seal, making it leak-proof. You wear the cup for up to 12 hours and then remove it by its base. Dump out the blood, rinse the cup, and reinsert. You continue this process until your period is over, and then you sanitize the cup and store it until next month.
You will have to do some research to find the right cup for you, and I highly recommend Precious Stars for all the menstrual cup knowledge you will ever need. The cup you choose will depend on the size of the vaginal cavity, length of the cervix, strength of the pelvic muscles, and flow rate.
There is a learning curve to the cup. It took me a few cycles to feel like I really knew what I was doing and to get the leak-proof, won’t think about it for 12 hours comfort level.
It can get messy, but you will get to know your body very well.
What cup do I recommend?
I purchased the Lunette cup, which I personally love. It is medical-grade silicone, BPA free, contains no latex, and is vegan.