I get to talk periods a lot in my practice as a woman’s menstrual cycle tells me so much about what’s going on hormonally.
In order to assess if a woman’s flow is too light or too heavy, it helps to ask how often they need to change pads and tampons.
During these conversations, a small percentage of my clients have told me they use a menstrual cup which they absolutely love. It’s a one-off purchase so it saves lots of money and doesn’t add to landfill so it’s great for the environment. They say its easy to use and no different to inserting a tampon once they get the hang of it after a bit of practice at first.
Then today, someone posted this menstrual cup comparison chart on a Facebook page, it was off-topic – but she thought she’d share it because it was a health-related page. Then the comments started rolling in, from women who are regular cup users and the majority saying they love the Lunette cup the most.
So I checked out the Lunette website and Facebook page, and then stumbled across a post on their FB page asking “what did you experience after switching to a Lunette cup?” and there were so many comments from women saying that their period pain had gone, their cycles were more regular, prolonged periods had become shorter, heavier periods had become lighter, less itching, and so on.
And you know what, it makes sense when you look at this chart:
The chemicals, fragrances, pesticide resides, adhesives and bleach used in the manufacture of tampons and pads are endocrine disruptors, meaning they have the ability to upset our hormonal balance. So this has the potential to create hormone havoc, with irregular cycles, heavy periods, bad PMS etc.
Gosh it annoys me how much crap we are exposed to in our everyday environment. I used to believe that these things couldn’t affect us (ignorance is bliss, right?) but I see the effects of toxins in clinic constantly and the improvement in people’s health once their toxicity has been addressed. Just this week, one of my lovely fertility couples had a setback when his test results showed his sperm DNA fragmentation was “through the roof, the highest their fertility specialist has ever seen“, their specialist said it’s likely to be caused by toxicity, and he’s on the money, mostly likely due to the adhesives used in the patient’s workplace. Sad, but true, and I will be doing all that I can to help him to reduce his toxic load.
Anyway, I digress, but if you’re concerned about your exposure to chemicals and the effect on your health and hormones, consider trying a menstrual cup – here’s the product comparison chart again. If a cup doesn’t appeal, there are some organic, non-toxic sanitary products out there such as TOM Organic, Natracare, Anion, Cottons and even reusable, environmentally-friendly, cloth menstrual pads such as Wemoon
Stay safe sisters! Inez x