Since the last post, on shaving, was directed mostly at men, today’s post is all about the ladies, specifically about feminine hygiene products.
Now, being on your period is not the most comfortable thing in the world, and for some women it’s actually quite dreadful. During this time of the month you want to make yourself as comfortable as possible, and feminine hygiene products play a big part in this. Unfortunately, the most common feminine hygiene products aren’t very environmentally friendly. Pads and tampons clutter up landfills and are far from biodegradable. They’re also not doing wonders for your body. Pads don’t let any air through, which makes your nether regions an ideal place for bacteria to grow. Tampons are bleached and leave tiny pieces of lint behind, which can’t possibly be healthy, not to mention the risk of TSS. But there are alternatives out there, which I would like to tell you about.
First of all, there are washable cotton pads. They come in many different shapes and colors and as you can imagine, they are great for the environment, since you only have to buy a set once every few years. This will save you a ton of money and keeps regular pads from going to the landfill. I think it’s a great idea but I don’t personally like the way this works. You see, since blood is hard to wash out, you have to keep the used pads in a bucket or bin filled with water until you actually wash them. I’m perfectly at ease with my body and how it works, but to be honest, I don’t think I would be comfortable with keeping a bucket filled with water and menstrual blood in my bathroom. Even if it’s only for a short period of time. If you can get past this however, this would be a great way to have a greener period. The cloth pads breathe, are free of toxins, and very durable.
The better alternative, in my opinion, is the menstrual cup. I only recently got one, but I am loving it! A menstrual cup is a rubber or silicone cup that’s inserted into the vagina. It seals itself so it doesn’t fall out and you take it out and empty it about 3 or 4 times a day. I was slightly worried about using one since I always had trouble with tampons. They would shift and hurt. They would leak and overall I’d be very uncomfortable. But the cup adjusts perfectly to your body, and you won’t even realize you’re wearing it. If you take proper care of it, it can last up to 10 years. Imagine how many pads or tampons you would have thrown out over that time!
Now it takes a little getting used to. All of a sudden you get much more intimate with your body and your period. But the cup doesn’t hurt, and once you’ve found a folding technique that works for you, it’ll be just as easy as changing a pad. Here are some reasons why I think you should use one:
-Health, the cups doesn’t boost bacteria growth in any way. Your vagina stays lubricated and gets to regulate itself. No more bleached or perfumed products on a part of your body that’s already so sensitive.
-Easy to use, you can keep the cup in for up to 12 hours (depending on your flow), so if emptying and cleaning it out isn’t the best idea, you won’t have to. No need for any awkwardness in a gas-station restroom, or at work. You can just wait until you get home or a more comfortable place.
-Saving money, I paid 30 Euros for mine and it will have earned that money back in about 5 months. An other 5 months will have earned me 30 Euro’s, and in 10 years it will have saved me almost 700 Euros!
-The environment, as I mentioned, using a cup instead of tampons and pads will greatly reduce the amount of garbage you produce. But it’ll also save on packaging and transportation and production. Altogether good for our planet!
It’s durable, relatively cheap, eco-friendly and much more comfortable than the alternatives. The one I have is a Lunette, but there are many different brands out there. If you’re considering buying one, I suggest you read up on it’s use and benefits. If you’ve found a brand you may like, try to find some reviews, to make sure this is the one for you.
After reading this, I hope you can make a choice on greening up your period. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comment box below! Let me know if you use one, and what you like (or hate) about it.