Hi!

I wanna talk about sustainable menstruation because is a subject that every menstruating person should know if it hadn't been for the terrible education regarding menstruation in every aspect of our society.

My interest about this matters started because I realized the environmental damage I was causing with regular menstrual care products (Tampons and pads) and besides environmental consequences tampons and pads are made with toxic products for our bodies.

I've been doing some research and meaning while people close to me are exhausted of hearing me talking about all of this. So, I've found basically 3 options for having a sustainable menstruation:

1. Reusable pads:

They are made of organic cotton and it's very similar to regular pads.

Pros:

- Reusable
- It can last up to 5 years if you take good care of them
- It's easier to make the transition if you are used to regular pads

Cons:

- Changing them means to keep with you a used pad (If you are going to spend a lot of time outside your house it can be a problem)
- Washing them will make you spend more time to take care of your menstrual flow
- It can be as uncomfortable as regular pads because it's basically the same system, the only thing that changes it's that you're not going to produce more waste than usual and you're not going to receive more toxins inside your body

2. Period underwear

Pros:

- Reusable
- They last up to 2 years if you take good care of it
- You don't have to use other products besides underwear

Cons:

- You need to wash them, just like organic pads
- They are expensive

3. Wonderful menstrual cup (My personal favorite)

Pros:

- It's easy to use and it doesn't require a lot of time to clean and keep in good condition.
- Reusable
- It's really comfortable once you know hot to put in right, you don't even remember that you're on your period
- You can use it for up to 10 years
- You can have it inside you up to 12 hours
- You know how much you bleed, you think you are bleeding like hell but you're not, trust me.

Cons:

- They are a little expensive, one menstrual cup, a good one may cost $30 or 50 dollars
- To change them you need to have a handwash next to your toilet to wash it or a bottle of water if you are going to spend more time outside your house

tulip cup, the tulip cup, and tulip cup review image

I feel that the cup has become very popular because I think it's the most comfortable one because washing our blood constantly take a lot of time and some of us that don't have a washing machine for ourselves. I know menstrual blood isn't dirty but you know that is a little hard to remove blood from underwear not to mention that if you can't wash pads or underwear on a washing machine, it might happen that you won't be able to remove all the blood on it and it can be dangerous.

However, you need to find what's best for you, I think we need to try to use sustainable products so if you're trying to change to products that take care of our environment you can always choose and you need to find something that helps you to improve your lifestyle, in my personal situation, menstrual cup was my salvation.

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