So as of recent I’ve tried to become more one-with-nature-esque. And it’s a sort of dream of mine to reach that level of hippieness; where my house can be self-sufficient on some level, growing and harvesting our own produce, relying on the sun for electricity and saving water.
So we installed solar panels, water tanks to collect rain water, we cut down on our water usage and recycled everything we could. Even throwing organic scraps onto the garden beds. So I was pretty chuffed with the progress we’d been making in lowering our “damage” to the planet.
BBUUTTT… Just as quickly as anties pounce on single ladies, my dreams swiftly came crashing down… Because you see, I was sure we had all the basics covered. All the things that do real harm to the Mother of Earth, I thought we sorted it out. Guess what? There was one thing I didn’t even consider.
This evil. This demonic ritual that sites the rite of passage into big-girl-hood was the last thing I thought of. MY PERIOD! Ugh! This was an absolute blow to the uterus that nearly exploded my ovaries, as it does literally every month. (Well, not every month, but you get the idea.)
Now, here are the bloody details. My period is generally not that bad. The first day, as per usually, is a kind of heavy flow and then the next six-or-so days are pretty manageable. And my preferred choice of menstrual product are pads. I’ve never used tampons before or literally anything else for that matter, it’s all because of limited knowledge, my mom never used it and I’ve never been in a situation where I was like “damn…I wish I had a tampon in my vagina instead”.
So, from that being said; you can now understand why I was mortified that I will never be able to reach peak hippie stardom with my pads. But in case you have no idea how pads work (if you’re some dude, reading about lady bits and the bits we use for our bits) or if I just haven’t been clear. You need more than one pad – per few hours. And if your flow is super heavy, like a menstrual ice cap just melted and is now flowing faster than the currents of the Artic in Summer, then you sometimes have to construct a makeshift diaper and change that several times – like when you get it for the first time or are using certain birthcontrol methods.
And not only does that end up being super expensive! But, your used rags aren’t exactly recyclable, let alone reusable (eww!) But the same applies to tampons too. You need to change them – more than once! To put this into perspective, let’s say you use pads. And you bleed for a total of six days. Your first three days are pretty shi**y and it feels like the “rains down in Africa” is happening on repeat down in your Africa. The other three are pretty understandable and they understand that a girl needs to cope! So for the first three days, you’ve probably used around ten pads already. Three or so per day. That’s not an unreasonable estimation. Then for the last three, you’ve used around seven pads. For only six days, you’ve used seventeen pads. That’s more than double the number of days! And this is no joke, a woman will use roughly 16,000 pads in her lifetime!
Do you understand that!? There are more zeros in my pad usage counter than there will ever be in my bank account. My vagina has more zeros than I ever will! Damn!
And all of that. All sixteen thousand of those pads are going straight. Into. A. Landfill. The average woman, who starts menstruation at 13 and then goes into menopause at 51, has about 456 periods ( 38yrs x 12 = 456mnths. Approx 456 periods. Given that she had a period every month, which we all know is untrue, but hey let’s just role with it). Plus, how cool is the blog that does their Maths. I vote “Pretty Damn Cool”! Now take that horrible 16,000 and multiply is by that ghastly 456, we get a fallopian tube busting 7,296,000! That’s how much an average women is adding to every landfill by the time she reaches fifty. And no, it’s not her fault! I mean it’s her period, it’s mine and it’s our periods! We don’t necessarily have a choice over the matter, but we do have a choice over what we use.
And so, after much shock and retail therapy, I decided that a change was needed. I started looking at alternatives. It needed to be simple, but not anything similar to what our great grandmothers used. Aaannnddd…it needed to be eco-friendly and offer the same liquid absorbant action to catch all the blue liquids. And there are two: a menstrual cup/ moon cup/ diva cup and there are period panties or cloth pads.
Now, a I said earlier, I have never used tampons, let alone inserted anything up (down?) there. So the cup were a bit of a hit and miss. But more like a hit and run in my case. But they are super cool and if you’re looking for an alternative to tampons or pads (and you’ve used tampons before) or are simply an environment diva then the menstrual cup is amazing!And if you’d like me to write a more elaborate article on different menstrual products, then leave a comment down below or send me a message under the ‘Contact Me’ tab!
As the cup seemed a bit extreme for me, I when with the cloth pad. And they were, surprisingly, pretty good! I know right!? No sarcastic remarks? Nope! No rude analogies? Nah! What, really!? Yep!
Well, it wasn’t exactly great, but it worked out better than I expected! I made from all natural cotton, the bottom is lined in a waterproof outer part and the inner part is lined with a soft and smooth cloth. No itchiness of any kind. It is completely odourless, so there are no potentially harmful chemicals that could mess with your delicate vulva skin or cause infections. Because the cotton part was nice and thick and super comfy, I didn’t feel it – for the most part at least.Well, it wasn’t exactly great, but it worked out better than I expected! I made from all natural cotton, the bottom is lined in a waterproof outer part and the inner part is lined with a soft and smooth cloth. No itchiness of any kind. It is completely odourless, so there are no potentially harmful chemicals that could mess with your delicate vulva skin or cause infections. Because the cotton part was nice and thick and super comfy, I didn’t feel it – for the most part at least.
Because the back part, the part that goes against your panty isn’t sticky like pads are, mine moved a bit and most of the time covered my butt instead of sucking up blood. They do come with wings that clip around your underwear and these work really well, never came loose or undone. Another downside (it’s not that major) is the washing bit. You need to wash them out.
Mine were at least kind to me, they were black so you couldn’t and didn’t have to see all the gross things that came out of you, but once I started washing it… Let’s just say, I’ve conquered a new kind of brave. So you gotta wash them, big deal! I’d rather be dealing with that, than the thought of my bloody (literally) used pad leaking harmful chemicals and polluting our drinking water.
We are going towards a new age of technology, I think it’s time our periods got an upgrade too.
*Thank you so much for reading, please leave a comment on what thought about this topic and if I should do more period stuff 😉