For many women, sanitary pads and tampons are automatic choices to absorb menstrual flow.
The disposal of sanitary pads in most households leave a lot to be desired. The fluid soaked pads are often disposed of with household waste and a sizeable contributor to waste. Despite fervent pleas, manufacturers of sanitary pads have taken scant responsibility for the safe disposal of tampons and sanitary pads.
A Life Cycle An assessment on the life cycle of tampons done by Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology found that processing low-density polyethylene (LDPE) played a significant impact on global warming. LDPE is commonly used in tampon applicators and also in the back-strip plastic of sanitary napkins which require high amounts of energy generated by fossil fuels to break down.
Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are reusable and a much more hygienic option to both sanitary pads and tampons. They are made from high-quality medical grade silicone and provide the maximum protection from leakages.
The 5 main reasons to use a menstrual cup are:
Saves Money –A menstrual cup can be easily used for 10 years without the need for replacement. Just like any other personal hygiene item, it’s important to take care in maintaining it and avoid sharing it with other family members.
Health –The material used in manufacturing menstrual cups, medical grade silicone, is non-irritating and can be safely used by women with sensitive skin.
Since it is non-absorbent, it does not absorb fluids from the body like sanitary pads.
Instead, menstrual cups collect and retain the fluid until it’s time to be discharged.
Convenient for Travelling –Instead of carrying a large pack of sanitary pads every time you travel, all you need is just one menstrual cup. This adds to your convenience when travelling.
As an added benefit, if you’re staying in a hotel or other rental accommodation, there’s no need to worry about the disposal of waste.
Comfort –Many women accept the discomfort they experience as a result of using tampons and sanitary pads as something that cannot be avoided. Despite one getting accustomed to using these items, the damp feeling can be quite uncomfortable.
Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are a receptacle for bodily fluids and simply hold the fluids, which can be emptied when they become full.
Environmentally Friendly– Since menstrual cups are reusable and don’t have to be discarded, they play an important role in reducing an individual’s environmental footprint.
Also, the material used in manufacturing menstrual cups, such as silicone is easily available and does not deplete the earth’s natural resources.
These and several other factors are reasons why the menstrual cup is a safe, hygienic and environmentally friendly alternative to using other forms of disposal such as tampons and sanitary pads. They are also available in various sizes and are inexpensive, making it convenient to buy two or three menstrual cups to see which one fits the best. Then it’s simply a matter of getting accustomed to using the cups after which there’s simply no looking back.