Let’s talk about P E R I O D S!
I actually find women’s health and vaginas fascinating and the fact that we can produce humans is beyond me!!! I mean, we’re killing it! We still need male sperm of course… but really, our bodies rock and we should be more proud of them! Although, regardless whether we are making babies or not, we should still be really proud of them and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about periods.
As we know, vaginas and periods are a really important part of women’s health. I mean, we only have to mention ‘hormones’ and boy, does it get complicated? I have never had a problem talking about our lady parts, but some people think it’s an awkward topic. The feminine hygiene industry could have a part to play as it is all about being discreet and invisible, especially when it comes to vaginal fluid, like period blood – not like I want it to be leaking through my jeans, but you know what I mean. We don’t really openly discuss intimate matters that are important unless we’re secretly discussing them with Google that is (and I think my Mum and Nan are okay with that 😄)!
I definitely remember having more intimate conversations with my friends when I was a teenager growing up, but that could have been because we were giggly intrigued girls and it was all new, especially inserting a foreign object inside you like a tampon. Therefore, I have decided I’m going to talk about women’s health more often because it is a big part of a female’s life and I feel like as my health has evolved over time and I have paid more attention to my womanhood, I have learnt some things along the way.
Anyway, you want to know how to make your period cheaper, safer and eco-friendly?
So you’ve tried tampons, used sanitary towels and heard of a menstrual cup!
But… have you ever used a menstrual cup? Do you even know what one is?
I think I heard of a menstrual cup a few years ago and simply thought:
- What the hell is that?
- How would you even use something like that?
- It sounds weird!
- I don’t know anyone else using one!
I still don’t personally know anyone else using one (after posting this I might?). I do however know there are hundreds of people on the internet raving about them and saying they are the best thing ever. Lots of people have said they wished they used one sooner. This, of course, intrigued me and I thought, why wait?
For anyone who doesn’t know what a menstrual cup is, it is simply a silicone shaped bell that is flexible. It is worn inside your vagina during your period to catch menstrual fluid (blood). Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects the period blood rather than absorbing it. I found it surprisingly easy to use, even the first time and like anything new, it takes a bit of practice. But honestly, you wouldn’t even know you’re wearing it and I personally think it’s fantastic, here’s why…
You save money
Forget about forking out an arm and a leg on tampons and sanitary towels each month, because you can reuse your menstrual cup and with proper care, it will for last years. YAYYYYYY! Oh and you may be thinking, like me, how can you empty it to re-use when out in public? You simply empty it into the toilet and rinse with water then reinsert (Use a bottle of water if in a cubicle or wipe with a tissue). It is always good practice to have clean hands before and after. Hand sanitizer would be a good thing to consider in tricky situations, especially when camping.
They’re better for the environment
On average a woman uses approximately 11,000 tampons and research found that the time it takes for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill site, is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it – How mad is that! I have never actually contemplated the waste (including the packaging) until recently and it’s such a shame when it ends up in the ocean and/or on our coastlines. As mentioned above, a menstrual cup can be reused for years which is so much better for our environment. 🙂
The one I got it is latex-free, hypoallergenic and contains no dyes, perfumes, BPA, plastic, bleaches or toxins and is ideal if you have sensitive skin or allergies. A menstrual cup won’t dry you out or leave fibres behind like a tampon.
The one that I have is called a Mooncup (it comes in two sizes). It appears to be really good quality and comes with a little organic cotton bag with helpful instructions about how to insert, remove and care for your cup. Their website has heaps of information on it www.mooncup.co.uk and they offer an Advice Service run by medical health professionals which is pretty cool. I also like that they’re manufactured in the UK.
Would love to hear if you have a menstrual cup or are thinking of using one. Many say they can help with cramps and can make their period lighter/shorter. They are also meant to be great for exercise, like swimming and running.
This youtube video is really useful if you want to see how to insert it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Yjy9yR55w&t=336s
Thanks for reading and here’s to women’s health 😀
Much L O V E, Nicky xx