7 Reasons Why I Ditched Pads & Tampons For A Menstrual Cup

Why I Ditched Pads & Tampons For A Menstrual Cup

I’ve been having my periods for more than 10 years now. 10 years isn’t even a long time considering I’m nowhere near menopause & the thought of all the years ahead of me definitely makes me stupidly mad at Eve but hey..

For the 10+ years, I’ve used both pads and tampons, all which have their pros and cons, (mostly cons) so when i heard about the cup from a beautiful god sent angel from Lunette cup, i decided to forever ditch the other options, here’s why:

Why I Ditched Pads & Tampons For A Menstrual Cup

1. I only have to use the one cup all my life. I can choose to change the cup annually but a cup can last me almost 5-15 years. Imagine the amount you spend every month buying tampons and pads & put it against the price of a cup. A pack of O.B Tampons (16 pieces) average at about 250 bob for the normal pack. The super goes for an average of 275. Multiply this by 12 times the number of years you’ve been having and will have your period. A cup goes for about 1,500 to 3,500 depending on where you buy

2. Avoiding TSS. Toxic Shock Syndrome is a condition produced by some types of staphylococcus and streptococcal bacteria get into the bloodstream.

In the case of tampons, this may occur when a tampon is left in for too long (like overnight) This can create an environment in which the bacteria can grow on the tampon and produce a toxin that gets into the bloodstream, affecting your organs. As was in this tragic case

Tampons offer just eight hours before TSS becomes a possibility. With menstrual cups, you can go up to 12 hours in between emptyings.

Why I Ditched Pads & Tampons For A Menstrual Cup3. Less leakage

If inserted correctly, you have very little chance of leakage, especially at night. You also don’t have to worry about leaking during activities like sports, going to the gym and swimming (I haven’t tried this though but I’m positive I’ll be safe)

4. Less toxins in your body

Due to the composition of the cup, which is also made of hypoallergenic material, cups are incapable of leaving traces of fibres or any foreign material and they don’t cause dryness or irritation of the vaginal mucosa which is something tampons are notoriously known for 😭

Also, since they do not absorb blood, menstrual cups do not soak up your natural vaginal fluids. The cups do not leave your vagina dry and rough like tampons do.

5. Avoid chaffing

We’ve all heard of the mess that was Always pads in Kenya. Poor quality leading to rashes and pretty nasty infections due to the pathetic material they’re made of.

Why I Ditched Pads & Tampons For A Menstrual Cup
A newspaper cutting showing the outrage that Kenyan women on Twitter caused about the quality of Always pads in Kenya.

6. Eco-friendly

Menstrual Cups are eco-friendly. 😊🌼

You can help reduce your contribution to land pollution drastically – instead of throwing away an average of 10 blood-soaked pads every month for five years – that is 600 pads for five years for women with light to moderate flow – you will only be throwing one small silicone cup every 5–15 years. A single pad or tampon apparently takes around 25 years to degenerate in soil, unless they are burnt, which will then add to air pollution.

7. They’re so freaking comfortable!!!

Do people know how soaked up pads feel? Seriously?

Have you been in a situation where you can feel how soaked your tampon or pad is but you can’t immediately change it, especially if you’re nowhere near a washroom? It’s almost the same feeling kids get when they have pee or poop soaked diapers. Lucky for them, they can cry. We can’t.

As much as menstrual cups have numerous advantages, they also come with their cons.

1. Like how messy they are to deal with (you need to touch your private parts very often, you need to empty the cup and see all the blood you have shed, you need to clean up in case you accidentally drop the cup while emptying)

2. How you have to be patient and learn to get used to it especially with the insertion and removal.

3. They aren’t as easily available especially in emergency situations where your period comes out of nowhere. Plus one of the joys of being a woman is knowing that even when you’re caught unawares, there’s always that one or 20 ladies with an extra pad or tampon in her bag because we’re just too amazing, yes?

But all in all, these are my reasons for using the cup. You can get yours at Jumia via this link

Or via this page on Instagram😊

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