Yes. And it’s such a small, easy change of habit with such a big impact. On average, 11,000 disposable sanitary products will be used across a single woman’s lifetime. Switching to a reusable alternative reduces the effect of your period on the environment and can save you so much money!
Mooncup (aka menstrual cup)
The Mooncup comes in two sizes, the size best for you depends on your age and whether you’ve given birth vaginally. The instructions provide different ways to fold and use it depending on what suits you best and also how to clean it. It comes in a cotton pouch to help you store it when it’s not that time of the month and also makes it easier to travel with. If you’re hesitant about trying it out, the Mooncup website has tonnes of info to answer any questions or concerns and they even have a nice page about both the personal and environmental benefits which I’ll link here.
I love my Mooncup. I’d never go back to tampons, not only because they’re hella expensive, but because it’s so much comfier. Made from non-absorbent medical grade silicone, the Mooncup is kind to your body and can be worn even on your lightest days. In terms of money, looking after your Mooncup properly can mean it will last for years – just think about how much you would otherwise spend on disposables over that time.
I got the hang of using mine pretty quickly, but it does take some practise so I’d recommend picking days when you won’t be out of the house too much to give it a try. Patience goes a long way at first and I can promise it’s worth it. However, be aware that the Mooncup is a little more ‘hands on’ than standard sanitary products – it’s something you get used to and only really needs to be done in the comfort of your own home. From my personal experience, I’ve never leaked (the same can’t be said for my experience with tampons) and, if it wasn’t for the pain, I could easily forget about my period.
Reusable Sanitary Pads
Straight away I’m not going to recommend that you use these like you would a disposable sanitary pad. I bought mine from an Etsy seller and there are tonnes of other sellers with similar reusable options made for different flows. I think they’re super cute and they don’t move around, even after a whole night.
I use them on really light days and they also work great as alternatives for everyday panty liners. Since they’re fabric, I personally wouldn’t trust them to handle the full force of my period during the day (that’s what my Mooncup is for anyway), so instead I use them at night if I think I’ll feel too lazy to empty out my Mooncup in the morning.
Once you’ve used them, a quick rinse stops them staining and they can be folded inside out until you have time to wash them. They’re really convenient and did I mention: they’re super cute.
Whether either of these options works for you is entirely individual and down to personal preference, but I hope at least one of them does because they’ve really made my periods less of a burden and so much easier to deal with. And, importantly, they allow us girls to stop polluting our planet with unnecessary disposable sanitary products.