Menstrual Cups are a reusable alternative to tampons. The more we get to know this product, the more benefits we uncover - quite simply, they're an amazing invention - better for the planet, and also better for you!
Here are our top ten reasons for choosing the reusable menstrual cup, along with an in-depth look at one of the brands we sell - OrganiCup.
1. Zero Waste
In just two years, a person may use over 520 pads or tampons, each of which will be used for a mere few hours at a time before being thrown in the bin, to end up in landfill where they will sit for many years to come as they are a non-recyclable product containing plastic. Menstrual cups are made from a medical-grade silicone which could be recycled at the end of it's use.
Many popular supermarket tampons and pad brands will contain harmful substances such as chlorine and fragrances. And many heavily incorporate plastic - tampons often include a plastic applicator, with a thin plastic layer helping to hold the tightly-packed cotton part together, and many also feature a string made of polyester or polypropylene.
3. Cost Effective
Using a menstrual cup could save many women a whopping £2,000 / $4000 over a lifetime! One cup should last you ten years, and for many people one cup is all they need for their entire cycle.
Menstrual cups are small and compact and will easily fit in your handbag and toiletries bag, so they're convenient for travel and for taking to work. You will also love not having to remember to stay stocked up on period products as your cup will always be sat there waiting for when you need it next .
5. Great For Exercise
Once they're in, menstrual cups will generally stay cup and will feel very comfortable, many women hardly notice they're there. You can feel free to carry on with your favourite exercise all month long.
Your menstrual cup will rarely leak, as long as you know how often it needs emptying throughout your cycle and as long as you buy the correct size for you, you should be able to avoid tiresome stains forever more.
7. Great For Sleep
As your cup will feel comfortable and is unlikely to leak, you can sleep safe in the knowledge that it can stay there all night long, without worrying about having to change it or about TSS.
8. Not a string in sight
Menstrual cups do not feature a string, so you won't have to worry about the unhygienic mishap of accidentally wetting your tampon string!
9. They're so easy to use
Menstrual cups may take a few goes to get used to, but once you've got it, they're so easy to handle and care for. Simple squash it to insert, check it's expanded and sealed, and you're ready to go.
10. They come in different sizes
There are many great brands out there who offer a variety of sizes to suit your own needs and also your body and stage in life. For example some brands have a smaller cup suited to teenagers, and larger cups suited to those who have had viginal births or who have heavier flows.
We stock OrganiCup, an award winning menstrual cup made from 100% uncoloured medical-grade silicone, produced in Germany and available around the world.
We chose OrganiCup as we were love the work they're doing to help those in need in the UK and overseas. They work with NGOs in developing and developed countries to ensure those in need have access to period products and receive menstrual health education, and they have donated over 15,000 menstrual cups to date, and have over 60 partners in more than 27 countries.
- Size Mini: For teens or those who need a smaller size.
- Size A: For those who havent given birth vaginally.
- Size B: For those who have given birth vaginally.
Empty, rinse, repeat. Even public toilets are no challenge – just use toilet paper and rinse when you’re back home.
Here are some common FAQ's (for the full list of FAQs see here)Cups x Public Bathrooms
You can bring bottled water with you or use a sanitising wipe. If you don’t have either, just use toilet paper and rinse when you’re back home.Will it leak?
No. When inserted correctly, the cup shouldn’t leak if it’s not completely full (and presuming you have the right size). Learn more.How long will it last?
The cup can be used with an IUD, but it is important to release the suction seal before removal. We recommend consulting with your gynecologist prior to use and if you just had your IUD fitted, you should wait at least 2 cycles before you start using a menstrual cup. Learn more.How do I dispose of it?
The cup: In many cities, if you bin your old cup, it’ll be burned to create energy. If you’d rather not throw your cup in the bin, you can also burn it yourself in a controlled environment. Silicone is basically sand (quartz) and will only produce a tiny bit of CO2 due to the small quantity of silicone used in each cup. Alternatively you may be able to find a silicone recycling plant.
The bag: You can drop off your cotton bag at your local recycling facility along with other textiles. In many cities, if you bin your cotton bag, it’ll be burned to create energy.
The box: All our packaging is made from recycled and/or recyclable paper and cardboard.