I preach about routines when it comes to figuring out how to reduce waste, because I think its a great way to reflect on how you contribute to a larger problem with the habits and products that you employ regularly. Well, menstruation is a big culprit when it comes to waste. Menstrual products create over 200,000 tons of waste every year, almost all of which contain plastic as the primary component.
The menstrual cup is intimidating at first, I’m not going to lie and there is definitely a learning curve. However, based on my experience and speaking with other friends who have made the switch, once you get used to it, it is a godsend! It is more comfortable than traditional tampons, and can remain inserted for longer periods of time without the fear of TSS. I love the Saalt cup, but it can be trial and error finding the right one for you! I also highly recommend keeping a few on hand.
I cannot in good conscious recommend a menstrual cup without this steamer. Without a steamer, proper sterilization is a boiling pot of water, and although that works just fine, it is somewhat awkward to boil menstrual products in the kitchen. It can also be tedious to constantly watch it to make sure it never touches the sides and melts. This steamer is a true lifesaver and makes the one downfall of a menstrual cup a walk in the park! Although this steamer is advertised for the Pixie Cup, it can work for a multitude of different cups from different brands.
On days just before your period or the last few when the flow might be lighter, these reusable pads work like a charm. Keep a pack of these in your purse for on the go. I also recommend wearing these if you are just first trying a menstrual cup or are maybe trying a new brand of cup, just to be on the safe side.
These few items can be a bit expensive at first, but from my experience, you save in the long run as you don’t have to be constantly repurchasing especially if you take good care of the products you buy. When it comes to reusable items and the menstrual cycle though, it is extremely important to keep these items sanitized and stored in a clean space.