Why did I finally decide to say fuck the pink tax and begin to collect my period in a cup?
You might be thinking that the menstrual cup benefits do not outweigh the ‘cost’, but I am here to convince you that tampons are the real burden on our sanity & wallets. There are literally so many reasons why I decided to ditch tampons… but for now, I will share my top four.
First – the whole idea of a tampon itself:
- It’s a pain in the ass to carry tampons around.
- You can’t put a tampon in too soon or when your flow is light (ever pull out a dry tampon? OUCH), which also means you must carry around pads as well.
- You can’t leave a tampon in too long (hello TSS – always a massive fear).
- I hate the look, smell (yes smell, you know it), and general mess of a tampon.
Second – I’m tired of paying a fuck-ton of money for tampons:
- Who came up with the idea that cotton balls + a string should cost 12$ for a pack of 36?
- Who decided to intentionally put too few of certain sizes into the ‘multi’ package so that we have to buy multiple different ones?
- Why do I have to pay more for tampons that take up less space (i.e. the sport or compact version)?
- To put it succinctly, why do I pay a massive Pink Tax on these feminine hygiene products????
Side note: If you are curious about the pink tax – check out my other post here.
Third – Going Green was a major consideration in choosing a NIXIT menstrual cup:
- Think about the amount of WASTE created by a single female using tampons for their adult life. Multiply that by the female population (about 3.8 billion so far in 2021) and you can begin to imagine the impact.
- I am saving landfills from products that take over 500 years to decompose.
- It feels amazing to take power away from mass marketing companies & put it into the hands of sustainable, environmentally friendly businesses.
- I am a superhero for saving toilets from getting clogged (SO many women do not understand that every part of a tampon cannot go down the toilet).
- The number of ruined, period-stained panties will be drastically reduced.
Fourth – convenience while building a house in the country:
- This was the real final push towards my decision (for me personally, of course, I doubt you will have to face this challenge lol).
- I didn’t want to store tampons in a tent (which is where we will live while building our tiny house).
- I wanted to avoid carrying dead tampons to a garbage can 50 feet away.
- Squatting over bushes to put a tampon in sounds… no bueno.
Side note: if you are curious about the Tiny House situation – check out our YouTube Channel. We are vlogging the entire build!
Ultimately, the decision to switch from tampons to a menstrual cup was super easy. I wasn’t about to let the fear of the unknown (how to use a menstrual cup) keep me from doing what was best for my body, the environment, and personal convenience. In the end – I am SO glad I made the leap.
The menstrual cup benefits made my choice crystal clear. That is why I decided to write this NIXIT series in the first place – I just knew I had to share this insight and experience with women who care about their bodies and who simply aren’t aware of, or weren’t ready for, a menstrual cup.
Why choose a NIXIT cup over other menstrual cups?
I will be honest with you – it was primarily because of their neon-colored branding and incredible marketing. The secondary reason was that I had only heard shitty things about other menstrual cups from the few girlfriends I knew had tried them (mainly sizing & leaking & discomfort issues).
Regardless of either reason – I am SO glad I choose the NIXIT. My first experience was extremely positive and I feel comfortable knowing that the product is of high quality and fully centered upon feminine health.
BTW – I am not an affiliate for NIXIT! So this post is purely written because I support the product and want to share the love.