What Happens When You Switch to a Moon (menstrual) Cup?
Sisters, once a month, we are blessed with and reminded of the essence of being a woman with our menstruation. Your Moontime doesn’t have to be a time of the month that decreases your energy and makes life uncomfortable. If you are still not familiar with the Menstrual cup then let us introcuse it!
There’s a lot of buzz about this eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. The small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it. Some types are disposable, but most are reusable. To remove it, you pull the stem sticking out the bottom and pinch the base to release the seal. Then you just empty, wash with soap and water, and replace. At the end of your cycle, you can sterilize your cup in boiling water.
Menstrual cups have actually been around since the 1930s, but America was slow to catch on. Generally advertising for the cups is very low and most women who use them. Learn about them through the internet or word of mouth. Like any other product for your period, you can buy them online or over the counter at grocery and drugstores.
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You can leave it in for 12 hours. Tampons need to be changed every 4 to 8 hours, depending on your flow. But cups can stay in longer, so they’re good for overnight protection. A menstrual cup can hold 1 ounce of liquid, roughly twice the amount of a super-absorbent tampon or pad. The difference can be a comfort on your heavy flow days.
Menstrual cups are more economical than disposable ones. In the long run, you will save lots of money by using it. According to manufacturers, a cup can last a decade if used properly. Considering that a woman in a developed country will spend an average of US$60 per year on pads and tampons and that the menstrual cycle repeats itself for 35 to 40 years, this adds up to a net expense of $2,400 on pads and tampons during a lifetime. Considering that the potential life of a menstrual cup is 10 years and that it costs around 30 dollars, this adds up to a gross cost of $120 during a lifetime.
Since they are reusable, menstrual cups help to reduce solid waste. Some disposable sanitary napkins and plastic tampon applicators can take 25 years to break down in the ocean and can cause a significant environmental impact. Biodegradable sanitary options are also available, and these decompose in a short period of time, but they must be composted, and not disposed of in a landfill. Given that the menstrual cup is reusable, its use greatly decreases the amount of waste generated from menstrual cycles, as there is no daily waste and the amount of discarded packaging decreases as well. After their life span is over, the silicone cups are put in landfills or incinerated. Menstrual cups may be emptied into a small hole in the soil , since menstrual fluid is a valuable fertilizer for plants. The water used to rinse the cups can be disposed of in the same way. This reduces the amount of wastewater that needs to be treated.
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