The average person who gets their period will have it for 38 years of their life. It’s bound to happen, and it’s a good, healthy process!
It’s bound to happen, and it’s a good, healthy process!
When I was using tampons, I was going through about one box of tampons a month (that’s about 20 tampons a month, and about $7 a month). Thats a lot of plastic tampon applicators, and if you use pads, a lot of pads – and a lot of money being spent. This article by Huffington Post’s author Jessica Kane, breaks down the cost of periods throughout a women’s life – it’s a lot.
Sadly, a lot of our garbage ends up in the oceans and other waterways as pollution – plastic never fully degrades either, so it’s around for good. So what can we do about this plastic pollution and periods?
I was introduced to menstrual cups several years ago, and have faithfully been using the Diva Cup for 3 years now. The Diva Cup costs about $40, but you can use it for years – I’ve had the same one the whole time I’ve used one. You boil it to clean it before you use it, and I change mine twice a day (when I wake up and before I go to sleep) – much better than changing a tampon five or more times a day. My favourite thing about it though, is that there is no garbage! It does take a while to get used to, but once you do it’s totally worth it. Also, I’ve learned a lot more about my cycle than when I was using tampons – you can actually see the amount of blood you shed throughout your period – it was a lot less than I thought it was.
There are other options as well for sustainable, waste free periods, see the article about THINX I posted earlier this week (seems to be a period theme going this week..). There are also reusable pads that I have heard great things about (also they come in tons of super cute designs)!
Currently, the Diva Cup is all I need to have waste free periods, and I highly recommend it.