If you’ve just started your period or had it a few times already then you know that using tampons and pads can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, smelly and a bit embarrassing. Switching to a menstrual cup is great for your health, the planet and your wallet. By starting out using a menstrual cup you’re setting yourself up for a healthier period. Trust me.
It can be tricky for teenage girls to talk to their moms about their bodies. If you want to ask your mom for a menstrual cup, here’s how.
Asking Your Mom for a Menstrual Cup:
If you feel comfortable talking to your mom about your period and your body then I suggest having a quick conversation and running through the benefits of using a menstrual cup over pads or tampons.
Here are some talking points:
- Talk to your mom about the cost-saving benefits of using a menstrual cup. Menstrual cups cost between $15-40 and are one-off purchase. The average woman spends $50 to $70 on disposable tampons and pads per year. That’s a big difference!
- Talk to your mom about the environmental benefits of using a menstrual cup. Zero waste to landfill. No smelly waste paper basket to empty from the bathroom.
- Talk to your mom about the physical health benefits. Tampons pose a risk of toxic shock syndrome. Teenage girls have died from toxic shock syndrome in the past.
- Let your mom know that using a menstrual cup can lessen cramping during your period.
- Let your mom know that using a menstrual cup doesn’t mean you’re not a virgin. (Some moms might think this is a concern. It’s really not OK!)
Alternatively, send mom this blog post!
Sometimes it’s easier to talk over email or instant message about these kinds of “awkward” subjects! You could send them this blog post to read through or copy the points below to an email and send it to your mom if you feel that would be easier.
Moms! If you’re reading this post because your daughter sent it to you, have a look through my guide to buying menstrual cups. I outline the full benefits and features of using a menstrual cup, how it works and which models are best for teenage girls.
If you really want to, just buy a menstrual cup yourself!
I totally get that talking to your mom about your period can be tough or embarrassing. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your mom about your period at all then consider buying a menstrual cup online and having it shipped to a friend or relative’s house. A Blossum Cup is the most affordable menstrual cup and the great news is that it’s one of the best menstrual cups for teenagers.