How to have the most eco-friendly, body-friendly, budget-friendly period:
Obviously this is targeted to a specific demographic, but MEN, if you’ve landed on this page, don’t go away yet! Either read this so you can tell your lovely lady about it or pass this post onto them; it will change their bloody lives!! Hehe.
Alright ladies, let’s get into some red talk. No, not real talk, red talk. But I guess it will be real talk because I’m not going to be very conservative here; we’re talking about periods for gripes sakes. But you need to keep reading because I think I have found the answer to the having a great freaking period – yes, I believe there is such a thing!
I’m usually not very blunt and forward about anything in general, but I feel really passionate about this because it has completely changed all things period related for me, and I have faith that it can change your experience too.
So let’s start off with this:
What’s wrong with conventional tampons?
I stopped using conventional tampons thanks to some advice I received from my mother; she told me they have chemicals, are bleached and are all around not very healthy. So I did some more research. Like it seems with everything on the internet these days, there are two sides: those that say they’re terrible, and those that say they’re perfectly fine.
I, however, like to lean on the side of caution. If something is potentially filled with harmful chemicals from dyes, bleach, fragrances, preservatives or ingredients to increase absorbency, I’d rather just avoid it – especially if I have nothing to loose by doing so. You may think a couple of dollars in your pocket (by spending a little more money to buy organic ones), but keep reading for more thoughts on that!
Not only is there the potential of harm from a chemical standpoint, but tampons and pads are very wasteful in general. Just think of how many ONE WOMAN goes through from menarche to menopause.. oh my goodness.. So. Much. Plastic. Waste! I don’t know about you, but that gets under my skin. I didn’t used to care about the environment as much as I do now, but as soon as I took a ‘Social Problems’ class and learned about the terrible and widespread damage we are doing to our earth, I really began to pay attention and take a look at how to reduce waste in my own lifestyle. And that’s when I decided to make some changes, one of the first being with feminine products.
What is a better solution?
First and foremost, get a Diva Cup or a Moon Cup (take note that there are two sizes for pre- and post- childbirth)– Every girl needs one. Seriously. You won’t even know you are on your period. I have had mine for over two years and will probably use one until the day I no longer need to. Unless you have very heavy periods, you should be able to leave it in all day; you simply put it in in the morning, forget you’re on your period, and then take it out at night (if you do have heavy periods and need to change it, you can usually schedule it out so you are somewhere where you can take it out without an issue). You can either empty it out in the toilet or shower and then just rinse it with some multi-purpose soap after. Depending on how light or heavy your period is, you may or may not want to wear it at night.
So you’re probably wondering what it is like putting it in and taking it out. Or maybe you’re not wondering, but I’ll tell you anyways!
First off, I need to start with this: be comfortable with your lady parts and what the inside of your vagina feels like; it’s not gross or weird, it’s a very natural part of your beautiful woman body!
I will admit that the first couple months of owning my diva cup, I didn’t really use it much because I thought it felt uncomfortable putting it in and taking it out. However, it’s like when you first tried to put in a tampon and it was probably not the easiest, funnest experience. It’s was just very different and you didn’t really know how to do it or what it should feel like. Then you get used to it and wah-la! You’re sold! Another example is with contacts. I remember my first time trying to put those babies in…talk about time-consuming! But now, it’s a breeze, and I don’t even know what I would do without them.
What I’m really trying to say is make sure you give it the good ‘ol college try, and you most likely will not be sorry!
Putting it in: curl the cup up like a little taco, and push it right on up. That’s it. Sometimes you may want to wiggle it around a little to make sure it’s in place good.
Taking it out: There’s a little bit of silicone to grab on to at the end, and you can use that to pull it out. I pull on it a little first and then try to grab up further around the wider part at the top to squeeze the cup just a bit as I bring it out so it’s a little less uncomfortable while doing so.
You’ll find out in time what works for you exactly, but that’s just a little advice from my experience.
Next, start buying Organic Cotton Tampons (without the applicator).
You can most certainly get the ones with an applicator if you prefer, but I don’t. It’s less wasteful, they’re so tiny you can seriously put one anywhere for convenience purposes, and they’re cheaper. AND since we’re comfortable with our lady parts, it’s no biggy sticking a finger up there instead of using some single-use plastic apparatus, right?!
Although organic tampons may be a little pricier than conventional tampons, I would so much rather decrease the amount of chemicals I am exposing my body to and find that alone to be totally worth it. But really, the BEST part is you will barely use them!! I can’t even remember the last time I bought tampons. I use maybe 1 or 2 each period (at the beginning or the end when it’s really light), and that’s it. I simply like having them on hand for that very reason.
Ditch single-use pads and liners for reusable ones. I’ve looked into these, and I personally don’t own them because I think dark underwear suffices. It’s just more comfortable I think… again, making it feel more like you’re not even on your period. If you are uncomfortable putting tampons or a diva cup in, this is a great option as well. If I were to want liners someday, I would definitely buy get these organic cotton pantyliners.
So there you have it.
I sincerely hope you have yourself a merry little period.