Reusable menstrual products (or RUMPs) are something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time, but have been putting it off because I live with my parents, and my mum thinks it’s gross. But the guilt of throwing all these synthetic objects into landfill, and the dryness in the lady parts, have been getting to me.
I initially wanted to only try cloth pads, but I figured cups would be easier because there’s less work involved cleaning them, and I think I can be more discreet with using them. Precious Stars (Bree Farmer’s YouTube channel) helped a lot in deciding which cup brands to try.
Since I have no idea which size is suitable for me (according to Bree and Lunette’s guidelines, either could work for me) I’ve decided to get one of each size. I have a Lunette in size 2, which I bought online from their Australian dealer (and was on sale), and I’m currently waiting for a Ruby Cup size 1, which I ordered from Bree’s shop in the UK. I was also considering Juju cup (which is designed and made in Australia) however, I couldn’t go past the Lunette sale, and Juju’s shop didn’t carry cleaning products and other little bits I wanted. Also, Ruby Cup donate menstrual cups to girls in need – I think that’s cool!
I also have some pantyliners from Moon Pads, and some pads (which I think are from Boowiggie – I haven’t unsealed them), which I’ve yet to try. But as I said about mum’s ick factor, I’ll probably just try the cups and pantyliners, since I probably won’t have to soak them in a bucket. (Besides, I have literally nowhere to keep a bucket.)
High quality silicone cups cost around AUD$40-60, and pads average around $15-20. Which seems like a lot, but these items are hand made with lots of care, and/or are meant to last several years. The stash I have now is worth about as much as what I pay in disposables in one year – so I consider this a saving.
I’ll be visiting this topic again once I’ve actually tried using these products on a period or two.
Also, random fact. I’ve never actually inserted a tampon before – but have no qualms about inserting a cup.