How to save hundreds of dollars on your period (and help the environment!)

*disclaimer* My wife recently got a menstrual cup and it inspired her to write this post. The below is a friendly tip from her! Here’s how to save money by buying a menstrual cup!

There are some inevitable costs in life, due to circumstances beyond our control. One of these is the need to buy pads or tampons every month. The free alternative used for years is to use re-usable cloth pads- but these I personally dislike. They are uncomfortable and can cause irritation- they also need to be washed frequently.

The alternative I have found recently was re-usable menstrual cups. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it to be disposed of later.

To use it, right before your period begins, tightly fold the menstrual cup and insert it like a tampon without an applicator. Used correctly, you shouldn’t feel it whatsoever.

Your cup will spring open (you may need to rotate it first). It forms a seal to prevent leaks. From there, everything drips into the cup. Empty it each night and your good.

Some types are disposable, but most are reusable. To remove it, you pull the stem sticking out the bottom and pinch the base to release the seal. Then you just empty, wash with soap and water, and replace. At the end of your cycle, you can sterilize your cup in boiling water.

The most important thing is to make sure you get a high quality and something that is 100% safe for your body. There are a lot of bad cups out there.

I most highly recommend the LENA Cup. It’s 100% body safe and easy to use. It works well and is durable. The expected lifetime is roughly 10 years and it’s only $25 dollars.

Other methods costs very, but are usually between $10-15 a month. So the cup pays for itself in two months. During the cups life time, you will save about $1800 dollars! During your own lifetime, easily $10,000! You will also be helping environment as you wont be contributing to the waste production of those who use the disposable alternatives.

Cheers!

 

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