What I hate the most when traveling is having my menstruation when we’re about to go to the beach or to a resort. In the past when this happens, I used to just stay on the sides and watch my friends swim and have fun in the pools.
It was when I read that you can still swim while having menstruation that I decided to go ‘YOLO’. I simply used a napkin and swam to my heart’s content. Oh, it was gooooood so so good that I forgot I was bleeding down there. Well, to cut it short, it is really possible to swim during your period. But lesson learned, using napkins when swimming is blergh. The feeling is just too horrible to describe.
But all in all, just don’t worry about the blood. The pressure from the water helps so you wouldn’t be bleeding a lot when swimming.
So what made me decide to buy a menstrual cup?
In all honesty, for my 23 years of living, I’ve never heard about menstrual cups. I only knew about napkins and tampons. (I only learned about tampons when I was in college. Poor me.) Since tampons are so expensive here in the Philippines, I just stick with napkins.
One time, while I was scrolling through Facebook, I watched an ad on menstrual cups and decided that I wanted to have one.
Menstrual Cup Benefits
Why did I switch? Menstrual cups have a lot of benefits.
Just imagine the number of napkins you buy every month! Me? I buy 2 to 3 packs of napkins per month. Yes, I bleed A LOT! I spend about 100 pesos per month. Multiply that by 12 and I spend about 1,200 pesos per year.
On the other hand, menstrual cups are just around 1,199 pesos. I bought mine from Sinaya Cup for only 1,199 pesos. That’s like around 50 pesos spent every month which is half of what I spend now.
One thing I hate the most about my period is the trash. With 2 to 3 packs of napkins, you get around 16 to 24 pieces of trash every month.
Let’s take a look at the number of napkins I’d have to throw away for a lifetime. That’s like 5,040 units! On the other hand, since menstrual cups last for 2 years of usage, you only get to throw away 18 or less menstrual cups. That’s way lesser than the first number.
Plus, did you know that sanitary napkins and tampons are made from non-biodegrable material so they stay in the landfill for around 800 years. Whew1
Sure I can swim during my period but it’s not that fun when you have a wet napkin between your legs. When I first started using menstrual cups, I was super happy. There’s no weird feeling whatsoever and it’s like it’s not even there!
One more thing is that when it’s my period and I’m at the beach, I don’t have to worry about any napkins or whatsoever. Menstrual cups can be used during water activities which is the best thing ever!
Why should you give up plastic napkins?
Napkins aren’t as great as they seem. Just imagine all the hours of you sitting on your rotting blood. That doesn’t so good doesn’t it?
Napkins cause blisters and itching to a woman’s most sensitive skin – the vagina. It also causes skin discoloration and the fishy smell you get during menstruation.
Menstrual cups, on the other hand, won’t give you these things. In fact, it collects period blood away from bacteria, oxygen and outside moisture.
How’s it like to use a menstrual cup for the first time?
I admit it was pretty weird. It was tricky to use. Good thing, Sinaya Cup provided a detailed instruction on how to use it.
It took me two to three days to get used to it but once I did, it was worth it! I felt so free. I didn’t have to worry about any trash and the best part is – I can use the menstrual cup for at most 12 hours. I can even leave it there and then sleep which is super awesome.
Are you planning on buying your menstrual cup?
Support local, buy from Sinaya Cup. Sinaya Cup is the first and best Filipino brand when it comes to menstrual cups. They have a buy-one-get-one business model. What does this mean? Every time you buy a menstrual cup from them, they donate one to those who can’t afford it. They are giving away a free menstrual cup to public high schools and educating young girls about menstrual health.
Now wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?
GET 50 PESOS OFF for a minimum purchase of 1,000 pesos when you buy from Sinaya Cup, just use the promo code/ coupon code JOHA95. Only until November 16.
Here’s why you should switch, too.
If you have any questions about using menstrual cups, you can read about them on Sinaya Cup’s Frequently Asked Questions.
Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.