If you’re a guy you can stop reading now, because today I’m talking about women’s stuff. Sorry guys, just close the tab and come back another day. Ok, so just us girls? Ok so this is a topic I’ve wanted to blog about for a while and as it’s Earth Day this week what better time? Let’s talk about periods! Or more specifically sanitary protection, because you need something to protect your clothes from Aunt Flo.
Like most women I’ve used many of the methods available. I absolutely HATE pads, they suck because they are just uncomfortable as they feel like you’re wearing diapers #sorrynotsorry. It’s true. You know it, I know it, we all know it. Plus the disposal ends up straight in the landfill. Not eco-friendly. Tampons? I used them for years. I liked that they were comfortable but again the landfill (don’t flush them!) plus TSS is pretty scary. So what’s the alternative? Are you willing to free bleed (I’m not!), so instead I chose a menstrual cup.
So I’ve been using a menstrual cup for about 6 years, and recently I got the chance to try out the Pixie Cup and I figured it was perfect timing for Earth Day and a good way to spread the message about menstrual cups. Disclosure: It’s always my policy to make you aware, I received a discounted Pixie Cup in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. I’m already super psyched about menstrual cups!
So Di, I hear you ask, what’s a menstrual cup? Well if you’ve not heard of them basically they work similar to a tampon. It’s a small silicone cup (the clue is in the name) that you insert into your lady area to ‘catch’ the menstrual flow. What’s so great about that? Glad you asked, let me tell ya…
Benefits of using a Menstrual Cup
It’s Cleaner! Sounds weird to say but I’ll take medical grade silicone over tissue and wads of cotton up my hoo-hah. Again #sorrynotsorry. After almost 6 years using a menstrual cup I will NEVER go back to tampons (and definitely not sanitary towels).
Healthier!!! No TSS risk. Seriously if you’re using tampons make sure you fully understand the risks of TSS. It can be a life threatening condition. Also pads and tampons are made with bleached cotton, and have traces of carcinogenic compound called Dioxin.
Comfort. Yes it can be tricky to insert initially but if you practice you’ll find a method that works trust me. Once you get that down, you definitely don’t know it’s there. You CAN be that girl in the ads rollerblading down the beachfront, or sky diving… if you want. Or you could sit and watch Brigitte Jones while eating popcorn. Either way you’ll be comfortable.
Eco-friendly! Did you know that the average woman gets through approximately 10,000 tampons in her lifetime. (13 cycles per year, 20 tampons per cycle, multiplied by 40 years). That a lot of landfill waste! With a Pixie Cup there is no waste. Well obviously there is ‘waste’, that’s why we need the thing in the first place, but that can be flushed! If you are looking to lessen your impact on the environment then a menstrual cup is definitely the way forward!
Good for the pocketbook! The average price for tampons depends a lot on flow and if you’re prepared to buy in bulk, let’s say the average is 18c per tampon. 13 cycles a year x 20 tampons per cycle = $46 That’s already more than one Pixie Cup! Over a lifetime the cost of being a woman can run you around $2000 in tampons alone. Compare that to a menstrual cup. Initial price is $24! Lasts YEARS. Seriously I’ve been using the same one for 6 years, which means I’ve already saved $250! You only need to replace it if it has noticeable signs of wear. I’ve only replaced my old one because I was given the chance to try a Pixie Cup.
Less frequent bathroom visits. You ladies know what I’m talking about. The times you go to the bathroom, not because you have to pee, but because you have to ‘change’. I seriously only empty my cup twice a day. Morning and night. The rest of the day I forget I’m even on my period!
So in reality, how was the Pixie Cup? Amazing! Like I said I’ve used menstrual cups for years now and love the freedom I get using one. I personally usually only have to change mine twice a day and I love that. Prior to the Pixie Cup I was using the Lady Cup and the Pixie is definitely comparable size wise, and being silicone it’s super flexible. Now obviously the huge factor that stops women from investing in this – how do you insert it? Honestly the insertion does have a learning curve to it but once you find a method that works for you. I prefer the “lucky 7” method as shown below, and would recommend it. The Pixie Cup does come with full instructions too so you’ll be a pro in no time!
One of the great things about the Pixie Menstrual Cup is that it’s super inconspicuous. It comes with a pink bag and you can just pop that in your gym bag and you’re good to go. However, if you have a regular flow and know your start date you can insert it that day in preparation of starting your period! No surprises! Yes, it’s that comfy! Hand on heart I’ve done ALL kinds of fitness activities with a menstrual cup: hiking, weight training, kickboxing, swimming and more. I’ll be rollerblading along the beachfront in no time!
So, would you change to a menstrual cup for your monthly visitor?
Disclosure: I received a Pixie Cup at a discounted price in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.