On average, a woman can use as many as 16,800 tampons during her lifetime (source). According to the US Census Bureau, there are about 157 million females in the US. About 53% of that population is of the age where they are menstruating. This means, that over the next 40 or so years, landfills could acquire about 1,400,000,000,000 tampons.
To reduce my “tampon” footprint, I’ve been using a menstrual cup for the past 6 years. I recently had to purchase another because I lost my old one. I thought it would be a good time to post a picture of it before I used it because they do get stained and erm, I’m not sure I want a photo of that on the interwebs.
Here’s what a brand new Moon Cup looks like. It comes with a reusable pouch to carry it in.
It was scary the first time I used it, but once I got the hang of it, it was no big deal. The great thing about my Moon Cup, in addition to it being eco-friendly, is that I don’t have to empty it nearly as often as I have to change tampons. Depending on my flow, I can go up to 8 hours before changing it. According to the Moon Cup website, it can hold up to 3X the amount as a super plus tampon.
Here’s a snapshot of one way to insert it.
My go-to method is the “punch and fold” as shown here.
In addition to being a good steward for the environment, I’m saving money by using this. I also like the fact that I am not putting myself at risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and for me, the Moon Cup is more comfortable overall.