A few months ago, it dawned on me that my tampons may be harmful to my health. I immediately did some searching online and what I learned quickly frightened me. All the while that I have been eating organic food, making my own lotions, juicing and trying to take care of myself, I had completely overlooked tampons. How did it slip my mind for all of these years?! After some researching, I learned that most tampons are made of rayon and cotton. If the tampons are not made from organic cotton (which mine were not), then they are made from genetically modified, pesticide laden cotton! And Rayon! Yuck… The process of making rayon creates Dioxin and Dioxin is: So between rayon and cotton, well… there is nothing good to say and I don’t want my uterus to absorb this nonsense into my body any longer! I had never heard of menstrual cups before I researched alternatives to tampons. The only alternative I knew of were pads (not for me, thanks anyway!). After searching for alternatives, I found a menstrual cup with great reviews which was the Lunette cup. Lunette cups are made from medical-grade silicone (resistant to bacteria) and are flexible and reusable (eco-friendly). Because the cups only need to be replaced every few years, they are cost effective too! The cups do not absorb moisture, but catch it and can be worn up to 12 hours. When I first tried the cup out I was actually a little hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised with my experience! It was incredibly easy to insert, it just folds in half (the directions are very direct) and I felt very secure while wearing it. I don’t know how to quite explain it… but I was absolutely not concerned with leakage as I am sometimes with tampons. You women know what I’m talking about! Imagine yourself running, playing sports or laughing really hard… yeah… you know what I’m talking about! I could partake in a marathon in a Lunette cup and not worry one bit.
Something else that really surprised me is that I didn’t have cramps and I ALWAYS have cramps! Terrible cramps! With the cup, I didn’t have any cramps and I didn’t even know that was something that people report from using a cup until after I used it. It was also very comfortable to wear, it does not even feel like you are wearing anything whatsoever. I was a bit intimidated to try out the cup for the first time, but I will tell you that there is nothing to be intimidated by. It is very easy to use and so much better for your body and the overall environment.
Interesting tid-bit: There have been no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in connection with the use of menstrual cups!
There are two different sizes of cups you can choose from and a variety of colors. One cup is meant for women that have not had children and/or generally have a lighter period and cup two is for women that have had children and/or have a heavier period. I have had one child, yet I still use cup 1 because my periods are not incredibly heavy. Check out the size guide to see which is the best fit for you.
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