Alright ladies, we all have them, we’re okay with talking about them, so let’s get into some nitty gritty details about the feminine products that we use and why you might want to make a change. First, let’s talk about WHY?
First of all, products are marketed to us women as things that we absolutely need: like scented tampons, pads, wipes and wash cloths. This is due to a growing industry that is making a lot of money from selling all these products to us. Unfortunately, it looks like these companies cannot be entirely trusted.
The market of feminine products makes around 3 billion dollars annually with no regulation or requirements to be transparent on their labels. These companies are not obligated to tell consumers about the chemicals they use in the process of making feminine and hygienic products.
Women’s health and the issues surrounding feminine hygiene are important topics. We must take matters into our own hands if these companies seem to not have our best interests at heart. The vagina absorbs 10 to 80% more toxins than the body does orally. Imagine all the toxins, artificial fragrances, carcinogens, artificial fibers, pesticide residues, bleaching agents and endocrine disruptors that could be absorbed by your body…through your vagina…yikes! It gives me the chills!
On average, a woman can use around 11 to 17,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime. Every year, around 20 billion sanitary pads and applicators are being dumped into North American landfills. That is just one country in the world. Imagine how many worldwide! Menstrual products are the 5th most common types of waste washed up on our beaches. Over 50% of the world menstruate but, for some reason, it seems to be such a taboo thing to discuss women’s health and the ecological impact that hygienic products have.
Not only are these products potentially harmful to our bodies but they are also harmful to our planet. Environmentalists point out that the pollution caused by the astronomical number of products that end up in landfills doesn’t even include the impact of the production, shipping, and packaging of all these products.
Another issue surrounding the oh-so-dreaded topic of female menstruation is the tax on these products as well. These products can be quite expensive to buy every month. We all know that things don’t always go as planned and we might have our period even longer than expected. The overall cost really adds up, especially when a specific tax is added on top of it.
A solution to all three of these problems is buying a menstrual cup. It could even be the perfect gift for a friend or a family member. It can also become a conversation starter and something that you figure out together. The most popular one is the Diva Cup but there are many other brands available now.
Menstrual cups are made out of medical-grade silicone with no plastic, BPA, latex, rubber or dyes. They are very comfortable once you learn how to use them. Once you make the change, you will realize that it is more hygienic and convenient. They aren’t as scary as you think. They don’t have teeth, I promise!
Menstrual cups are the perfect solution for a lesser environmental impact, protecting yourself from harmful toxins and saving money. It’s a double win for you and a win for the planet! You can use up to five menstrual cups in your whole life instead of 12,000 other products.
Article by Katie Chaplin