The Aunt Flo Show

Episode 3: Benefits of Menstrual Cups

June 25, 2019 Episode 3
The Aunt Flo Show
Episode 3: Benefits of Menstrual Cups
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The Aunt Flo Show
Episode 3: Benefits of Menstrual Cups
Jun 25, 2019 Episode 3
Jackie Bolen
Jackie and Tracy talk about the many benefits of menstrual cups over tampons and why you might consider making the switch.
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Jackie and Tracy discuss the many benefits of menstrual cups including less hassle, money-saving potential, environmental impact and how they're perfect if you have a heavy flow. If you need some convincing on whether or not a cup is right for you, this is the episode you need to listen to.

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Speaker 1:
0:01
Hello everyone. Welcome back to the aunt flow show. Uh, episode three. This is Tracy and this is Jackie and welcome back. Thanks for joining us again. Uh, so today we're going to talk about, uh, what are the benefits of men's store cops. So there are many and we'll just kinda hit the highlights of that. But before we do that, let's go over to our TMI moment. So, uh, if you would like your TMI moment read online, you're going to go to the website and flo, show.com and flow is spelledF , l o, no w on that. And uh, let's hear your TMI moment and we will send you a little thank you in the mail. So, uh, like I said, today's uh, TMI moment is coming from Hannah. So, uh, her, uh, TMI moment helping my friend put hers in for the first time. Sounds interesting.
Speaker 1:
1:01
Jackie, have you ever got your, uh, have you ever needed help? I actually have to admit that I did need help one time. I was trying to get a new car and I had to get my friend to help me to help me remove it. That's a very good friend. So this actually brings me back a lot to my experience. Wow. Okay. Back to Hannah's TMI moment here. Uh, she sat on the toilet while I showed her how to fold it and then she told me just to do it for her. So I did. And Hannah Woo has been using a cup since 1997 and loves it. So thanks Hannah for your team. I moment. So Jackie, uh, we're talking about the benefits today. Yes, we are. Okay. And so for you, what's your number one benefit that you, that you love? So, I'm a busy mom, so I actually think that, um, my, uh, biggest thing is the convenience factor because let me tell you, when I'm packing up their, uh, their tuques and their hats and their gloves and their snacks and their blah, blah, blahs, do you think I could remember for the life of me to pack myself up several million tampons that I might need while I'm out?
Speaker 1:
2:13
Nope. So that for me is one of the biggest benefits is when I'm out, as long as I've got my cup, I'm good. I don't have to worry about having a million replacements in my purse. Love it. And you also don't have to go to the store, cause I'm sure everyone's kind of had the experience of like running out at 10 o'clock at night trying to find a drug, sort that to frantically search for top ones when they realize they don't have any yeah. Period of started. So yeah, you just kind of skip over that whole about whole huge headache. So, uh, for me, I'm Super Frugal, so, uh, Kinda for me, I think the number one thing that I love is how much money you can potentially save. And we many money money and I mean tampons are just kind of one of those things and it's like you just gotta use and there's like, sure you can get like the cheap crappy tampons.
Speaker 1:
2:58
But I mean, in experience they're pretty crappy and it's like I don't like using them. So, um, yeah, they're quite expensive. If you've been to the store lately? I mean in Canada here I'm just thinking and there's tax too. Yeah. Well taxes in some countries actually there's people working to kind of eliminate that pink tax, which is like, um, taxes charged on like, you know, women's products. So, um, yeah, some people or some people have been successful in eliminating that tax on like tampons and menstrual care products, but not in all countries or states. So I think in Canada an average box of tampons is something like maybe six or $7 would be, do you think that's pretty accurate where we live? Oh Geez. I haven't bought any for so long. I know I haven't either. [inaudible] gets around seven or seven or $8 let's go with seven or $8.
Speaker 1:
3:46
Seven bucks. Yeah, I check once in a while just to kind of like see what's out there and see if they have organic tampons. And I'm always just curious about what I can find at a place like Walmart. So I do check once in a while and they are around that price. So $7 a box. And I would feel like you might go through one box of period, right? Yeah. If you have a heavy period yet. So seven. And then if the average person is menstruating, let's say for 40 years, and uh, you do the math on that jam. No. So let's say I'm, the average person would have a period say like 13 periods a year. Um, so that would be how much says 13 times seven, 13 times seven. This is a little bit embarrassing right now. We're just anyway, so seven times 13 that would be 91. Is that correct?
Speaker 1:
4:32
So let's just round it up to a hundred, cause maybe you have some pads or whatever too. So let's round it up to a a hundred bucks a year on, um, menstrual care supplies and then, um, times 40 years. So you start menstruating and maybe at around 12 and then you finish around, say like 51, 52, something like that. So, um, a hundred bucks a year times 40 years would be 4,000, $4,000. Holy. That is a ton of money. That is a ton of money, but of course, um, menstrual cups aren't free. So, um, the average Medstar or cup costs around, I would say like $30 or something like that. And the companies recommend you replace them. Say every, like the diva cup for example, says every one to two years. But I guess most people would use them probably for like five years ish. So in that span you'd need like eight cups, so eight cups times, um, 30 bucks is two 40.
Speaker 1:
5:25
So that is a lot of, it is a lot less money, 3,700 or something like that. 3,600 ish, um, that you would save by using that as definitely a lovely trip to Mexico. That is a trip to Mexico. So the actual number is not so important, but let's just say it's in the thousands of dollars that you would save by potentially switching some money. Um, and also too, I mean, I remember, uh, when I had babies, I th I thought seriously about the environment with diaper impact. And I mean if you think about it, a t pants and tampons too. Um, I think the environment, uh, there's a huge environmental impact, uh, when your I using [inaudible] menstrual cups as well. And I mean, I think about like the fact that half of the people are initially over half the people I guess in the world are women slightly over half.
Speaker 1:
6:19
And the latest stats that I've read, and let's say like maybe half of them are menstruating and that's a ton of people who are using tampons and pads. And I mean something like an ob Tampon isn't actually that bad. Um, it doesn't have a plastic applicator, for example. It's mostly made of cotton, but still there's like, um, chemicals in there used for bleaching and it's wrapped a little bit of plastic and um, the transportation costs in terms of like gas and energy to get them to the store and on the shelves and the paper cart or cardboard box. But they come in. And just so when you think about Kinda all those things, to me, it adds up a little bit and kind of becomes this big impact when it's actually, there's a really good alternative in menstrual cups. So, um, yes, I just think it would be, it's inspiring to me to think about like what happens when more and more people make the switch and just, I mean, imagine if every single menstruating person in the world had a menstrual cup in their hands, even if they didn't use it.
Speaker 1:
7:14
But even if like, say, you know, two thirds of all menstruating people in the world used to cup, it's like a huge difference, you know? So yeah. So spread the word and tell your friends about these products. Okay. Alright. And yeah, so the next one we want to talk about is, um, capacity. So, um, if you have a heavy period, these are kind of a game changer I think. So if you listen to the last episode, we talked about the fact that Tracy has a pretty heavy period. So that was the only thing we talked about. [inaudible] details. Yeah, there was a lot of those. Have you missed episode two? You can check that out and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Tracy. But, um, so the average Tampon has a capacity of about 10 milliliters. And then, um, the average Metzler Cup is 30, or you can get high capacity cops that even are up to like 40 mils.
Speaker 1:
8:06
So game changer. Yeah. So it's huge. So Tracy, just kind of do want to tell us a bit about your experience when you made the switch from tampons to Muster Cup. I feel like I've mentioned this twice now, so hopefully this isn't boring, but that was the whole reason I started was because I had to make it through wedding ceremony and, uh, having heavy flow, uh, I knew I wasn't going to be able to make it through the wedding ceremony. So the capacity of the cop actually, uh, really has changed my life. Um, I'm also professionally a a nurse and I've got long a hard work that I'm doing and I don't often have time to stop and go to the bathroom. Um, and so even, you know, if I'm working on days where I have my period, it's, it's a game changer for me.
Speaker 1:
8:49
Uh, capacity's huge, uh, and my cup has a huge capacity. It sure does. All right. I think those are kind of all the, all the benefits that I can think of are kind of the main ones and the main reasons that people would make the switch to a menstrual cup. So basically did you also forget about the fact that it is very cool and trendy? Actually that is, that is quite true. So if you want to be like in a cool kids club, then join us. Join us in the cool kids club using a menstrual cup. And actually it's not really a lie. Lots of people are talking about them. I don't know. Maybe it's just cause I have a website about menstrual cups, but yeah, people want to talk about menstrual cops a lot. It is reusable Menstrual cup.com oh, cop, cop, one of the Menstrual Cup companies. They have reusable menstrual cups.com. So that is not me. That is not me. I review a cups, all the different cups on reusable Menstrual cup.com. Okay, well nice to chat to you today. And, uh, yeah. Don't forget to check out our website at aunt flow, show.com a u n t f l o s h o w.com. We want your TM moments. Met them now. Okay. Alright. Until next time everyone take care. Bye.
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