Eco-Friendly Menstrual Cups



Our bodies were created to work in amazing and fascinating ways! For years I rejected the idea of knowing my body and resented the monthly cycle. Just simply switching to Reusable Menstrual Products, I got to know my body and the process of the monthly cycle—from ovulation to menstruation, the amount of menstrual fluid I’m actually shedding, what and where my cervix is, and more. I only wish I knew so much of this as a younger woman.
— Meg Eldridge, generationMe

What is a Menstrual Cup?

It’s a small, soft silicone or latex cup that collects your flow instead of absorbing it. One of the many benefits is that a menstrual cup holds twice as much fluid as a pad or tampon – even a super-absorbent one. The difference can be comforting on heavy flow days. 

More Information – How Does A Menstrual Cup Work? 

Did you know?

The idea of using a cup-shaped device inside the vagina to collect menses is not a recent scientific invention. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s.

Let's get to it: the top 10 benefits of using menstrual cups:

1) Menstrual cups are not associated with the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Women’shealth experts agree that TSS is caused by bacteria present in the vagina entering the bloodstream via tiny tears caused by insertion of a dry tampon (source). Tampons absorb blood which creates a nice cozy place for bacteria to breed and grow. Menstrual cups, however, are made of medical grade material that can be safely inserted in our bodies. They hold menstrual fluid rather than absorb, and blood cannot "stick to" the cup itself.

2) Menstrual cups do not disrupt a woman's vaginal pH or cause dryness.

Tampons hold the fluid, which causes pH to rise; they also absorb all moisture (as this is their inherent purpose) and cause dryness.

3) Menstrual cups help you stay discreetly active.

You can do literally anything with a menstrual cup. Sports cups are designed for physical activities that have a strong effect on the pelvic floor muscles, such as yoga, dance, horseback riding, Pilates, Kegel exercises, martial arts, swimming and gymnastics.

4) Constant convenience and personal confidence

Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, including overnight. Think about them only twice a day rather than every few hours. You will never run out of a reusable cup like tampons or pads. So no last-minute trips to the store or being caught without protection. Plus, cups are an easy rinse-and-use product. An occasional deep soak or boil is all that's needed to keep a cup sterile and in good use.

5) The easiest and most convenient internal menstrual option for young girls

Because menstrual cups can be worn for 12 hours, girls do not have to worry about the inconvenience of constantly changing tampons, such as during school hours. There’s no risk of leaving a tampon in too long or using a tampon with too high absorbency (thus increasing health risks). Learning to use menstrual cups also increases a girl’s body awareness.

6) Shorter, lighter and less painful periods once switching to RUMPs (Reusable menstrual products)

Researchers believe it is because of the lack of harmful chemicals present.

7) Comfort

Menstrual cups will not be felt at all when inserted properly. There are many different shapes and styles able to fit every woman's specific needs (high/low cervix, heavy/light bleeder).

8) Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone

The hypoallergenic silicone, used for feeding tubes, catheters and drains, does not contain bleach, dioxins or other harmful chemicals. Disposable tampons and pads are made from cotton which is the most pesticide-heavy crop in the United States. Other than organic tampons, which do not use pesticides, you can be certain these cotton-based products contain chemicals which are entering your body.

9) Save money long term going reusable

The average woman spends approximately $4 a month on menstrual products. From the ages of 12 to 52, she would therefore spend up to $1,900 in her lifetime! While RUMPs have a higher initial cost, because of the reusable factor there are no recurring or additional monthly costs. FDA-approved cups can range in price from $15-$50 and last 5-10 years.

10) Less waste

Over 13.5 billion sanitary pads and 6.5 billion tampons end up in U.S. landfills each year-that’s 250-300 pounds per woman—that’s over 9,000 tampons and/or disposable pads. The plastics can take hundreds of years to decompose. The process of manufacturing these disposables also pollutes waterways, air and animal habitats. Other than the package the menstrual cup comes in, you will never add to a landfill.

Menstrual cups are part of the generationMe family of reusable menstrual products. Complementing the cups are washable cloth pads that can last indefinitely. They are available in different absorbencies with beautiful fabric and stitching. Cloth pads are free from chemical rashes and allergic reactions that are often associated with disposable pads. Other products include cup wipes and cleanser, stain remover, rice-filled heating pad, cramp relief Essential Oil blend, waterproof wrappers and starter kits (for young girls starting their periods and those new to eco-friendly menstrual care).

Are you interested in other eco-friendly home and personal care products? generationMe offers a variety of waste-free, healthier, sustainable and natural home care products: mop padspaperless towels, produce bags, baby wipes and diaper doublers.