May 20, 2015

Flipit Ashley: Feminine Hygiene that Saves Money

I am thrilled to introduce you to our newest contributor for fromG2B!

Her name is Ashley, she's a blogger - at Amsterdam Blog - and professional editor at Flipit Australia. There is writes all about thrifty living ideas, couponing, how to save cash. That's what many of us care about, too, and I know she'll be a major asset to fg2b.  Her blog post today should be memorable and I can't wait to see what the reaction will be! When Ashley proposed the subject as a great way to save money, my question back was, "Is this a common thing in Europe?" Read on and learn more...

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Ladies, I am about to talk to you about something that might be a little controversial. It will save you money and you won’t need to worry about harmful chemicals entering your body. I’m talking about the menstrual cup, which is a silicone feminine hygiene product that you wear during your period instead of tampons or pads.

Why should you use it?

It makes sense economically: The average menstrual cup can last for 2 years, and will only need replacing if it splits, becomes sticky, or if there is any change in the material – but if you store it correctly and look after it then you shouldn’t have a problem.

It’s super convenient: The first and most obvious thing is, that you can carry it with you everywhere and you don’t need to worry about running to the shop to get sanitary protection when you’re caught short. The other thing is that you only need to take it out and clean it every 10-12 hours so if you’re on the go, or if you’re just a bit forgetful, it doesn’t matter.

It is comfortable: Different brands have different sizes, so make sure you check which is the most suitable for you. It should fit you comfortably. Once you get the hang of putting it in properly, then it is comfortable and you shouldn’t be able to feel it. Plus, if you’ve got it in properly it shouldn’t leak either.

It won’t dry you out: For a lot of women, tampons can be irritating to the skin, and because they are designed to be taken out after 4 hours, it can be uncomfortable. Because the menstrual cup is made of silicone, and you don’t need to change it as often, you avoid irritation.

How does it work?

Admittedly it does look a little bit like a turkey baster, but don’t let that put you off. All you need to do is put it in, using one of the different folding methods. Once it is in, it will hold the fluids until you take it out and clean it – all you need to do is rinse it out before you re-insert it. Make sure you follow the instructions before first use as well, as they vary from cup to cup.

I hope I have inspired you to try out a menstrual cup, and would love to hear what you think about it.

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Ashley is the country manager of Flipit Australia. She is also a writer, blogger and frugal money saver.

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