Why a Menstrual Cup Will Save You Loads of Cash and Change Your Life Forever
You gotta love your period.
On top of all the cramping, discomfort, irritability, cravings and ravings, it adds insult to injury when you have to shell out good money for tampons or pads. Yay!
But I’m excited to tell you there’s a better way, my Pennywise friend. A BETTER WAY! 😀
Today I want to talk about menstrual cups. Sexy, I know. Oooh baby! Oww oww! Yowza!
Seriously, though… this is one of my favourite ways I feel like I am Sticking It to The Man financially. I feel like I’m getting away with something.
Those of you who are already menstrual cup converts will know how insanely awesome and cheap it is, so you don’t need to read this post. (Maybe wander on over to read about how my $3 DIY Natural Deodorant can save you even MORE money and unnecessary chemical exposure. Have a great week, I’ll catch you later, girl!)
Now for all of you who either have no idea what I’m referring to when I say menstrual cup or pull a skeptical face and think ‘yeah, I don’t know about that…’ you NEED to stick around and read this, because this post will save you tons of hard-earned cash and make your period life LOADS easier.
Obviously our bodies are all a bit different so these numbers will vary. But I’m going to work with averages here. Let’s do a little math, shall we? *cracks mathy knuckles*
You can buy 50 tampons for $20 at a pharmacy. But maybe you’re clever and you get them at Coscto, in which case, good for you, but I can still save you money here. We’ll say 100 tampons for $20 if you buy at a big box bulk store. So let’s average 75 tampons for $20.
That’s .27 cents per tampon.
On an average flow day you will use a minimum of 3 tampons, 1 per 8 hours.
Say your period flows for 5 days, so that’s 15 tampons, totaling $4 per period.
You have 12 periods in a year, so that’s $48/year in tampons.
You will have periods for about 45 years (I’m working with age 12 – 55).
So you will spend, over the course of your life…. Drumroll please…
$2,160 on tampons.
Uh, yeah, I call BULLSHIT!
That’s TWO round-trip flights to Europe from where I live in Canada! It’s actually insane.
A few years ago my friend Misha encouraged me to try a menstrual cup. I remember hearing about them when I was a teenager and thinking EWW GROSS BLEH ARGH GUH and then never gave it another thought. But I value this friend’s opinion, told her about my hesitation and she really recommended I try it anyway. (Misha, I bow down to your wisdom!)
I bought a Diva Cup, which I got on sale because I watched it and waited for a sale like a proper Pennywise gal, so I paid $30 for it. $30! That is 7.5 months’ worth of tampons. And the kicker is, these things are made of silicone! So they last for YEARS. I have a friend who has had her menstrual cup since she was 17 years old. She’s now 33 and it’s still going strong with no signs of degradation or wear. So that means it’s cost her about $2 a year. Versus $48 in tampons. Holy crap.
If you have concerns about your carbon footprint, think about how much waste you’ll be saving the planet. You don’t need to worry about clogging pipes or filling any landfills every month.
Now I will be the first to admit that there IS a learning curve with your menstrual cup. The first period I tried mine, I started off all cocky and excited and then ended up almost tossing the thing in the garbage in a fit of rage because I couldn’t get the effing thing in. My fiancé was wondering what the hell was going on when he heard me bellowing like an angry rhino in the bathroom.
And then I remembered feeling the same way with tampons back in the day when I first got my period (HOW DOES ANYONE USE THESE THINGS?!!! OMG!!!), so I persevered. I did look up some personal stories and tips online and finally found the trick I needed to insert it properly and comfortably so it wouldn’t leak. But that probably took about 2 periods’ worth of inserts and removals before I fully got the hang of it. So before you give up on menstrual cups, please remember this post and stick with it! It’s SO worth the learning curve!!! And think of how much money you’ll save. 😀
Another piece of awesomeness you’ll get by using a menstrual cup? You can set it and forget it for 12 hours! No more counting out how many hours you’ve had your tampon in for, or worrying about overnight leaks or toxic shock. Remove and re-insert once in the morning and once before bed and you’re rockin’ and rollin’ and you can actually almost forget you’re on your period. It’s amazing. PLEASE try it! And you’ll love not having to spend money on tampons anymore, trust me 😉 It feels so liberating.
What’s your experience been like with menstrual cups? How much do you love saving your money and the planet by using one? Let’s chat in the comments!
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