How to Tell Your Parents You Want to Use Menstrual Cups?
For most of us, our first menstrual product was either a pad or a tampon. But, with the changing times, menstrual products have evolved. Have you evolved, though? Or are you still using traditional menstrual products? It’s okay if you’re still using the same old menstrual products because there’s always time to switch to reusable menstrual products.
The menstrual product that has been making waves is a menstrual cup. The new generation is more likely to be on board to try an organic and reusable product for periods. But what if their parents are not? If you’re facing the same predicament, you will have to convince your parents to let you use menstrual cups during your periods.
Perhaps, the women in your family, after seeing the success and convenience of using them, will also jump ship. Before you start using a menstrual cup, you need to go to your mother and tell her why you want to use a menstrual cup.
If you’re under the age of 18 and want to use a menstrual cup for your periods, you need your mother’s approval first. When you go up to your parents, tell them the following reasons why you want to do away with pads and tampons and welcome menstrual cups into your life:
Safe to Use
One of the top concerns of your parents will be regarding the safety of menstrual cups. Your parents don’t want you using anything that will cause an infection or injury. Tell your parents that you’re more likely to get a rash from pads than menstrual cups.
When using pads, your vagina remains damp. This can lead to rashes and irritation. On the other hand, you will remain dry and rash-free with a menstrual cup. With a tampon, you’re more likely to get toxic shock syndrome.
Even though getting toxic shock syndrome is also possible with a menstrual cup, the possibility of getting it only increases if you wear the wrong sized menstrual cup. Ensure you wear the right size. If your parents are concerned about this, let them know the following measures you’ll take to cancel all possibilities of contracting toxic shock syndrome:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap before removing or using a menstrual cup.
- Clean your menstrual cup with warm water and a mild fragrance-free and oil-free soap before inserting the menstrual cup.
- Apply a small amount of water or water-based lube as instructed by the manufacturer to the outside of the menstrual cup before inserting the menstrual cup.
Anyone Who is Menstruating Can Use It
When it comes to using menstrual cups, age is just a number. If you have gotten your periods, you can use a menstrual cup. Even young girls who have gotten their periods can use a menstrual cup. Young women can use a size one. In fact, a menstrual cup is great for beginners. Girls as young as 12 have been using menstrual cups these days. You just need a little practice and then you’re good to go.
Helping the Environment
If one of the reasons you want to use a menstrual cup is because you want to do your part in helping the environment, make your parents aware of the dangers of plastic applicators and wrappers and hit them with facts. Let’s help you out:
Women in the United States bought 5.8 billion tampons in 2018. Most women in the United States have their periods for about 40 years, bleeding for around five days each month or for 2,400 days over a lifetime. That’s around six and a half years! All these pads and tampons, wrapped in plastic, will end up in the trash and last for at least 500 years after you’ve used them.
By using menstrual cups, you will stop hurting the environment. Yes, we need more of you to make a collective and significant impact on the environment, even if one of you switches to a menstrual cup, it is a step in the right direction.
No One Will Know
Out of sight, out of mind. Instead of carrying a pad or tampon to the bathroom for changing it, you won’t have this problem with a menstrual cup. It’s small and discreet. You can easily fit it into the palm of your hand.
You will not have to change your menstrual cup as often as you have to change your pad or tampon. Hence, the annoying feeling of getting up and going to the bathroom to change it will not be an issue. You can wear it for most of the day and rinse it out at home before you insert it again. You can wear a menstrual cup for 12 hours. Hey, we’re lazy and that’s okay! *Note: Don’t wear your menstrual cup longer than you’re supposed to.
Easy to Use
You need to wash, fold, hold, and insert your menstrual cup. To change it, remove and rinse. You can even remove it and rinse it in the shower if you want to. If you need help with using a menstrual cup, we can help you along with several instructional videos online teaching you how to use it.
There’s No Reason to Say No to Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups aren’t a new invention. American actress Leona Chalmers invented the first-ever modern menstrual cup in 1937. She made it from latex rubber, but due to the shortage of latex rubber during World War II, she had to stop production and close her company.
Recent technological advances have made it possible to create and design state-of-the-art menstrual cups, made from premium quality silicone. Go and tell your parents the facts we revealed about menstrual cups today and don’t be surprised if your mom starts using them too.