Hello my lovely readers,
You know how much I love mestrual cups? How I rant and rave about them whenever I get the chance? Well I’ve got some exciting news for you. Intimina (creators of the Lily Cup and Lily Cup Compact) have recently launched a new campaign. That’s right, it’s time to say RIP to tampons.
Why have Intimina decided to launch this campaign? Well aside from their (100% understandable) bias towards their own product there are some significant differences that changing from tampons to a mentrual cup can achieve.
Did you know that the amount of tampons and applicators discarded annually in the US alone could circle the equator 19 times? Wow.
That’s a lot of waste, especially considering that a lot of tampons contain non-biodegradable, petrochemical-based materials. And that’s not all.
According to Intimina’s campaign page up to 100 billion tampons and sanitary pads are discarded per year worldwide. Each tampon takes 6 months to biodegrade whereas plastic applicators can last indefinitely. That’s a lot of environmental damage.
Putting the environment aside for a moment tampons can also be toxic to the user’s body. Tampons work via absorption but they’re discriminate with what they absorb. This means that tampons can often absorb the body’s natural moisture and leave users feeling dry and irritated.
Tampons also include potentially irritating materials such as rayon (chemically treated wood pulp), bleached cotton fibers, Dioxins, added fragrances, and even pesticide residues. That’s far from ideal!
Let’s not forget the risk of TSS either.
All things considered Intimina thinks it’s about time that we say goodbye to the tampon and I can certainly see why.
Menstural cups are a great alternative for people who already use tampons. Like tampons you insert a menstrual cup and then get on with your day. However instead of absorbing menstrual flow cups instead store the flow so that you can empty it out safely later. This may seem weird to some at first but it’s actually a pretty great way to get in touch with your body and to start really paying attention to your cycle.
There are plenty of other benefits too.
Unlike tampons Intimina’s menstrual cups are made out of one thing and one thing only—100% medical grade silicone. This silicone is so wonderfully soft that once most people insert their menstrual cup they can usually go about the rest of their day without even feeling it. Silicone is non-porous too which means it’s super easy to clean and there’s no associated risk of TSS. Intimina’s cups can be worn anywhere from 10-12 hours too, offering long-lasting protection,
However there’s one more big bonus when it comes to mentrual cups and that’s cost effectiveness. A single Intimina Lily Cup can do the job of 1,625 tampons and can literally last for years. This means that while the initial investment is a bit bigger it pays of immensely in the long term.
This one seems like a no-brainer to me. I first tried a menstrual cup about a year ago and immediately wondered why I hadn’t done so sooner. The Lily Cup Compact is my current go-to period product and my life has been improved since I started using it.
As if all of the above wasn’t enough incentive to wave goodbye to tampons for good Intimina has one more bonus to offer you. As part of their campaign you can get 15% off all Lily Cups until April 30th! So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and make a choice that’s good for your body and the environment. From my experience it’s one that you’re not likely to regret.
That’s all for now my lovely readers. If you have a positive experience to share re. menstrual cups why not post it up in the comments section down below? I love hearing from you and new comments always put a smile on my face. Or if you’re feeling really bold why not tweet about this campaign using the #RIPtampons hashtag?
Until the next review!