Menstrual Cups vs Disposable Menstrual Products

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Menstrual Cup

 

Disposable Menstrual Products

  • Most menstrual cups are reusable. With proper care, a menstrual cup can last up to ten years. This means you spend approximately $40 on a menstrual cup once every ten years.
 
  • Used one time and then tossed in the trash. You spend money every month on disposables.
  • A menstrual cup can be worn safely for up to twelve hours at a time, depending on your flow. An average-sized cup normally holds at least 30 ml.

 

  • Most tampon companies state that you should replace a tampon at least every 8 hours whether you need to or not. A super absorbency tampon holds approximately 9-12 ml of menstrual blood.
  • All you need is a single menstrual cup when you’re out of the house – and you’ll probably be wearing it, so you’ll always have your menstrual cup handy.

 

  • When you use disposables, you need to make sure to carry extras with you! Frequent trips to the store are also necessary to make sure that you’re well-stocked.
  • When your menstrual cup fits and is placed correctly, it disappears inside of your body and cannot be felt or seen.

 

  • Tampons may not be felt when inserted, but you’ll always have to deal with the string. Pads are always worn outside of the body. They may be bulky and may be seen through clothing.
  • A cup doesn’t remove your body’s natural secretions, which means it stays lubricated and removal is easy.

 

  • The same cannot be said for removing a tampon. If your tampon is not saturated, it may be dry and scratch, burn or create micro-tears on the way out.
  • Menstrual cups collect your flow and do not interfere with the pH or bacterial balance in your vagina.

 

  • A tampon absorbs your flow and everything else, leaving you feeling dry.
  • Although a menstrual cup may end up with an odor after being worn, it can be washed and cleaned before being stored.

 

  • Tampons and pads are placed in the trash, where they will dry and start to give off a foul odor.
  • A cup can be worn during almost any activity, including swimming.

 

  • Tampons can also be worn during almost any activity. However, some find that tampons will absorb pool or ocean water while swimming. Pads inhibit you from swimming altogether.

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