Your period—it rolls around monthly if you’re regular and each time takes up several days of your normal routine. Bloating, cramps, avoiding those cute white capris you wanted to wear, and wondering if you’ve grabbed enough supplies to last you through the day may sound all too familiar for many of us. Afterall, it’s been estimated a woman has around 480 periods in her lifetime.
Statistics vary on the number of supplies disposed of over a lifetime of menstrual cycles, but it’s safe to say they’re in the thousands. This adds to forests being chopped down and contributes to piling up landfills across the globe.
Choosing all natural products is obviously better for your body. Organic cotton and plastic-free options don’t just help you, but they’re better for our planet as well!
Here at Tampon Tribe, we offer a variety of period supplies that all have the environment in mind. This way you can have the style of supplies that work best for you and your unique period, with as little impact on the planet as possible.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to meet our menstrual cup!
Menstrual cups are designed to be washed and reused. This means less waste and lower cost, for you and the earth. Since cups are designed for long-term use—several years even—this means fewer trees are being sacrificed and less product is thrown away each month. Plus, you don’t have to keep re-buying supplies as often.
SAY NO TO SILICONE
Many cups on the market are made with silicone and this synthetic substance takes 50+ years to decompose in landfills, and it is not recyclable. In striking contrast, our Tampon Tribe cup is made from medical grade TPE. No latex, rubber, PVC, or animal-derived materials. It’s biocompatible and recyclable!
Some women have allergic reactions to silicone. Various side effects for certain women include acne, mood swings, and fatigue. By choosing a latex and silicone-free menstrual cup, these side effects may be avoidable—resulting in less menstrual related discomfort.
COMFORTABLE & NO STRING SLIPS
Our TPE medical grade compound is super flexible and way more comfy! The Tampon Tribe menstrual cup is inconspicuous when worn. It doesn’t have any long strings to get caught, twisted, soaked in pee, or embarrassingly making apparences when you’re at the pool or beach.
Also, intercourse is possible while your menstrual cup is in place. It’s a personal choice obviously, but you can get intimate without having to worry about leaks.
NO LEAKS, LESS CHANGES
Speaking of not having to worry about leakage—while tampons can only hold up to one third of an ounce of fluid, menstrual cups can hold one to two ounces. This means more time between changes.
Tampons should be changed every four to eight hours, depending on flow, you can go up to 12 hours with a menstrual cup in place before emptying. The Tampon Tribe menstrual cup has a patented leak-free design, especially for active users! This means you can confidently keep swimming, hiking, surfing, and having fun—whatever time of the month it is.
Vaginal health can be a tricky balance for many. These delicate areas do pretty well typically with self-cleaning, though they do require a balanced pH for less irritations, fewer infections, and optimal health.
Tampons are designed to absorb really well—all your vaginal fluid along with the blood. This may disturb the delicate pH and bacterial balance in your vagina. Choosing to use a menstrual cup helps vaginal pH levels and your beneficial bacteria stay in place, as they should.
A balanced pH may help to minimize odors the rest of the month. Plus, since period fluid doesn’t get exposed to air as it does with pads and tampons, using a cup means not having to worry about embarrassing menstrual odors awkwardly wafting out.
Menstrual cups are safer! Tampons absorb blood, but because menstrual cups collect rather than absorb, you’re not at risk of getting the bacterial infection toxic shock syndrome (TSS) when using a menstrual cup.
Anyone who has used tampons can use menstrual cups. Especially if you’ve ever inserted a diaphragm for birth control, or tampons that have no applicator, learning to use a menstrual cup should come easily for you.
The Tampon Tribe menstrual cup is available in two sizes—medium for those younger than 25 who have not given birth vaginally and large for those over 25, or anyone who has given birth vaginally.
If you’ve never tried a menstrual cup before, the concept may seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you know how, the Tampon Tribe cup will have you wondering why you didn’t make the switch earlier!
So, here’s how to use a menstrual cup:
With clean hands, simply fold the soft menstrual cup so that it looks like a tampon. (If you wet the cup with clean water first, this can help it insert more comfortably.) Aim it toward the back of your vagina and give a little push. It should draw itself up. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will “spring open”, creating a seal that keeps leaks from happening. When properly inserted, you shouldn’t really feel its presence at all.
To remove the cup when full, with clean hands place your index finger and thumb into your vagina. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you feel the cup’s base. Pinch to release the seal and pull down to slide the cup out. Once out, simply empty the cup contents into the toilet, sink, or shower. Wash the cup, wiping it clean before inserting again into your vagina.
Whether your time of the month has you wanting to wrap up in a blanket and snooze on the couch with a heating pad, or you’re more the active type that doesn’t want to miss out on the surf trip you had planned and spending long days in your swimsuit—either way our menstrual cups will fit your period needs.
They’re a reusable, eco-friendly, cost effective, healthier option for you and the environment. It’s time to feel comfortable and confident, all period long!