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Menstrual Cups: The Future of Period Products

(Storyblocks, 2018)

These cups are game-changers and here’s why.

My greatest goal in life is to go one whole year without waking up to stained red sheets. Tampons used to help me sleep at night; it gave me a sense of security that I had never found in pads. Until I was told that using one all night could lead to a yeast infection – fantastic. But now, with a newfound capacity to hold up to 12 hours of fluid, I have finally found my lifetime period partner: the menstrual cup.

Periods can dampen anyone’s day. No one wants to leave the pool in a soggy tampon or walk out the gym with a heat rash from working out in a lady diaper. Thankfully, with the silicone menstrual cup I can shake off all my worries about strings or wings.

Though the menstrual cup has many benefits, like all new things it requires time to get used to. The hardest obstacle is the first attempt in applying the cup. From my personal experience, I highly recommend that girls have experience with the tampon before trying the cup; transitioning from pads to a cup may be too high of a leap. Another challenge to expect is cleaning the cup in public toilets. Menstrual Cup Australia recommends one of two ways: Firstly, bring bottled water into the cubicle and rinse it over the toilet and, secondly, wipe it down with a paper towel before thoroughly rinsing it at a more convenient time.

Over the span of a woman’s lifetime, period products alone would have cost them $4800 —not to mention the additional tampon tax. Menstrual cups do situate themselves on the higher end of the shelves at $40-$50, however, if kept and cleaned properly, can be used for up to 5 years.

There are so many personal and environmental bonuses that can come from adopting menstrual cups. They’re definitely a product that could bring something new into peoples’ lives and maybe even change the period game for years to come!

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