Sponsored feature, words by Fay Millar

Your monthly cycle can be a bit of a nuisance even at the best of times. Some months you get away with minimal disruption. Other months, it can be really distracting, making you feel rubbish and diverting your valuable time away from your studies. Yet, by switching to a menstrual cup you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle, giving you more control over your period and allowing you to concentrate on the things that are important to you.

The feminine hygiene experts at <a href="https://feminesse.co.uk/"target="_blank">Feminesse</a> reveal why you should ditch the tampons and sanitary pads and instead swap to this eco-friendly alternative.

<a href="https://feminesse.co.uk" target="_blank"><img width="300" align="left" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/a/a6/FeminesseCarton.jpg" alt="Feminesse Carton" style="margin-top: 1px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 20px;"></a><h3>1. Save Money</h3>

Having your period can be an expensive business. Various different estimates put the average spend on sanitary products at just under £500 a year, which mounts up to more than £18,000 over the course of your lifetime.

But menstrual cups are a more cost-effective option. As well as being fuss free, they are reusable – you simply remove it and clean it ready for the next time.

<h3>2. Less toilet trips, more study time</h3>

Having to duck out to the bathroom every couple of hours, particularly if you’re in an important lecture or worse still, an exam, can be extremely distracting. At best tampons and sanitary towels, depending on your flow, can be worn for eight hours. A menstrual cup, however, can be used for up to 12 hours and holds up to 28ml of blood so you can get on with your day without worrying about any leaks.

<h3>3. Carry on doing the things you love</h3><a href="https://feminesse.co.uk" target="_blank"><img width="300" align="right" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/0/01/Free_1.jpg" alt="Free to live" style="margin-top: 1px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 20px;"></a>

You’ve probably thought twice about going swimming or taking part in sports when you’ve got your period for fear of embarrassing leaks. But with a menstrual cup you needn’t worry. Because it can stay in for up to 12 hours you can happily go about your day, enjoying all the things you love to do.

<h3>4. Reduce risk of TSS</h3>

Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare bacteria-caused infection which can be fatal if left untreated. The causes are not fully known but those using tampons are at higher risk. If you use a tampon that has a higher absorbency than your flow, small pieces of cotton can break off, cutting your vaginal walls and creating the ideal circumstances for bacterial growth. Menstrual cups are made of high quality silicone, so there is a much lower risk of TSS.

<h3>5. No chemicals or additives</h3>

You wouldn’t knowingly put bleach, chemicals, plastics or pesticides into your body but those are exactly some of the nasties you find in some sanitary products. The Feminesse menstrual cup is made from silicone and is far cheaper than having to buy organic tampons and pads each month. Its ability to be reused means you are helping the environment too.

<a href="https://feminesse.co.uk" target="_blank"><img width="300" align="left" src="https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/w/images/9/98/Feminesse_Logo_44.jpg" alt="Menstrual Cup" style="margin-top: 1px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 20px;"></a><h3>6. Get rid of dryness and irritation</h3>

The menstrual cup sits comfortably inside you, collecting your menstrual flow rather than absorbing it like tampons would. Because it only collects rather than absorbs, it helps keep your vagina’s natural pH balanced and avoids the dryness and irritation sometimes experienced with tampons.

<h3>For further information about the Feminesse Menstrual Cup visit <a href="https://feminesse.co.uk/"target="_blank">www.feminesse.co.uk</a></h3>

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