Sustainable Menstrual Product Review

 
 
 
Ladies! Our vaginas need to go forth on a really important mission.. in search of an eco friendly period product. 
 

“Close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year.” 

The quote above is a few years old. However, think about that number. It’s huge. And scary. It’s never even crossed my mind until now, where my sanitary products end up. I guess I was naive and just assumed that they were recycled somehow. So it got me thinking, how much waste could I have personally contributed to this problem. I’ll tell you, because I worked it out. 5100.

 

And that’s just me. Then you think about all of the women in your life that might have a similar figure and it gets bigger and bigger. 


For a long time, I have toyed with the idea of using a menstrual cup. It’s been discussed and then ignored and then brought up again and the answer was always ‘one day’. 

In 2018, I started to make my journey into minimalism and a more sustainable way of living. I started researching eco friendly menstrual products and came across so many options. After much research, I took the final step and bought a cup. I chose OrganiCup. They boasted ‘no leaks’ and ‘no chemicals’ and the product is vegan friendly. They use surgical grade silicon which should last for years and is friendly to the body. Check out the website for more info.


When it arrived, I was impressed by the packaging. No plastic! Joy! It came in a cardboard box, cleverly with printed instructions and care tips. Inside that, was a small cloth bag containing the product. No obvious branding so it would be discreet should you need to take out anywhere in public. 

 

 
The Period Test

 
So obviously, I couldn’t endorse a product without testing it first. When I opened the packaging initially, I did immediately think to myself ‘what the hell is that?‘ and ‘how on earth is that even going inside my vagina?‘. Unlike normal people who would read the instructions, I decide to just give it ago. Let me tell you now, do not just ‘give it ago’. I think I damaged something. Really. Luckily for me, after 24 hours my vagina felt pretty happy again (aside from the imminent release of the devil). I resumed on day 2 and read the instructions. Thoroughly. So after doing that vital step, I attempted insertion. I was in the bathroom for a good 20 minutes. I was trying to work out how the hell this thing works, trying a variety of different, strange, unconventional positions in my bathroom, starkers. 

I got it! I found my groove. So step 3 was to actually use it for the length of my flow. At first I wasn’t sure, I was at work and I was so paranoid that I was going to leak. Especially because I’d forgotten backup, and I wear light blue scrubs. It’s cool, because it was leak free. The website says you can wear it for up to 12 hours and it holds 3 tampons worth of liquid. I had it in for about 9 hours, comfortably, and it was fine.

Taking it out was a whole other challenge. I think it’ll take some practice to get this bit right! 

Overall, I’m pretty impressed. I don’t really know what I was expecting. This is genuinely a product that I can stand behind. I spent a week leak free. It was comfortable and I didn’t have to worry about changing or emptying. I will definitely continue to use the menstrual cup. However, I think that I’d like to invest in some other options too!

I don’t want this to be a preachy post. But if you’re on the less waste hype, which is awesome by the way (I’m on it too 😉 ) I’d really encourage you to take a challenge to change up your feminine hygiene products if you feel comfortable with it. I think it might be the best thing I’ve ever done.

 
Have you used anything sustainable for your periods? How did you get on?
 
Let me know!
 

11 thoughts on “Sustainable Menstrual Product Review

  1. Simply Stacey says:

    Only recently I have seen about these and wondered about trying one. I love how you have described the whole experience. It does put you off looking at the device but like you said is just getting used to it. Thankyou for sharing your experience and is definitely making me think of trying one

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  2. glowsteady says:

    I love your honesty here! I really want to try a cup but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of getting one stuck!! The battle getting it in sounds interesting. I’ve recently been trying some period pants that are like regular underwear that have something in them to absorb everything but you wash them like regular underwear and reuse them. Not quite as eco friendly as a cup but it’s better than a pad/ tampon (and not stressful to insert) x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  3. elenxmai says:

    Yesss I love my Organicup! They’re packaging is so innovative and I love how they print all the instructions on the box instead of including a separate instruction sheet. It’s definitely daunting at first but I’ll never go back to using disposable period products. xx
    El // Welsh Wanderer

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