In a fast-paced world, our health choices often fade into the background. We tend to opt for what's readily available and convenient, without considering the potential harm many options may pose.
This is particularly true when it comes to period products. Partly due to shame, partly due to cost, over 63% of people prefer using single-use pads or tampons over reusable products.
Making the switch to sustainable and healthier products requires little time and effort, but familiarizing oneself with reusable options and brands can be a daunting task.
Listen to Les’ with Leslie Monnette provide a great way to learn more about healthy alternatives and best practices for gut health, hormones, and periods.
The Toxic Truth about Disposable Menstrual Products
On 'What Menstrual Products Are Best for Your Health?', Amaia Arranz, Ruby Cup’s CEO, shares valuable insights about the toxic chemicals that single-use tampons and pads are treated with.
These chemicals include synthetic fibers, dyes, fragrances, titanium dioxide, bleach, pesticides, and the list goes on!
All these toxic ingredients have detrimental effects on our health, as our skin absorbs these substances and releases them into our bloodstream, causing hormonal disruptions, irritation, allergies, and even long-term health issues.
Choosing a Healthier Alternative
Although they may be harder to find and slightly pricier than your usual single-use options, there are plenty of health-conscious and sustainable choices.
Menstrual cups and period underwear are the best options to start living a toxin-free life. It is an upfront investment, but in the long run, they are actually cheaper than buying plastic products, as menstrual cups and period pants last for up to 10 years!
So not only do menstrual cups and period pants last significantly longer, but they also don't contain any toxic chemicals, providing a safer and more comfortable experience for women.
Breaking the Stigma: Ruby Cup’s Mission to End Period Poverty
While discussing the health benefits of reusable menstrual products, it’s important to note a global issue that is seldom talked about: period poverty.
In many parts of the world - including the UK, United States, Germany, and other first-world countries - the lack of access to sanitary products can have far-reaching consequences on people’s lives, including education, work opportunities, and overall well-being.
Missing school days, reusing the same single-use pad, or using rags leads to infections, missing out on life, and feeling overall ashamed of a natural occurrence
Fortunately, there are companies like Ruby Cup that are committed to making a powerful social impact by partnering with NGOs around the world (such as CARE International, Action Aid, UNHCR, and many others) to provide menstrual cups to those in need, contributing to the fight to end period poverty.
Ruby’s actions are not limited to donations; they also provide educational courses that help people learn more about their bodies and natural needs and occurrences, teaching them to properly care for themselves.
All this wouldn't be possible without YOUR ethical actions: Ruby’s donations are activated by purchases on their platform:
- Whenever you buy a menstrual cup, Ruby donates another cup to someone in the world;
- Whenever you buy a pair of period pants, Ruby donates 2% of the value of your purchase to NGOs that host classes and educational courses.
Addressing Concerns: Does Using a Menstrual Cup Stretch Your Vagina?
One of the central questions addressed by people everywhere is: does using a menstrual cup stretch out the vagina?
The answer is no.
Menstrual cups are designed to be flexible and sit comfortably within the vaginal canal, allowing the muscles to function normally. There is no evidence to suggest that using a menstrual cup has any negative effects on vaginal elasticity.
It's Always Time to Shift Towards Healthier Choices
The 'Listen to Les' podcast episode on menstrual products and health serves as an important reminder that our choices have a direct impact on our well-being. By opting for Ruby Cup solutions, you’re choosing sustainable and chemical-free menstrual products. Ruby not only safeguards our health but also contributes to a global movement to end period poverty.
So, next time you go for a hot girl walk, consider tuning into 'Listen to Les' and take a step towards a healthier, more sustainable future.