Menstrual cups vs tampons: making the right choice for your health and the environment as a teenager

First periods, first menstrual cycles, first hygienic protections, not always easy to navigate as ateenager.

Today, thanks to the many alternatives increasingly present on the market, the choice for our teenagers is not simply limited to the classic sanitary napkin or disposable tampons.

For example reusable protections, durable and washable are also possible to accompany teenagers during their menstruation.
Just as simple and practical, these protections have many advantages that weigh in the balance: transparent and clean composition, raw materials used which respect female privacy, product durability, limited carbon footprint, etc.
In short, health and the environment have never gone so well together with feminine protection.

How to make the right choices ? Let us look at the main arguments which oppose the for and cup : health and the environment.
Two major central themes when choosing should offer superior hygienic protection. Because choosing your hygienic solutions is not trivial, let's take the time to discuss it together!

cup or tampons?

Teenagers and periods: don’t stress and communicate well

Savoir choose the right protection for your teenager is not always easy. Understanding her and informing her about these upheavals going through her body is not either. We must not hesitate to break taboo and embarrassment. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon of the woman's body, absolutely normal, it is neither disgusting nor dirty. On the contrary, it is a sign of good health.

Several Louloucup articles can help you support your teenager, reassure them but also help you find the best hygienic protection:

Menstrual cup (or cup), menstrual swimsuit or menstrual panties, several concrete, effective and reliable alternatives are possible to replace the classic towel and tampon.

Menstrual cup or tampon, what is the best choice for your health during your period?

For several years now, numerous scientific articles and studies have put the spotlight on the use of tampons and risk for the health that this could lead to.

Le toxic shock syndrome is undoubtedly the most significant danger. Blood stagnating in the tampon for long hours can be a favorable breeding ground for bacteria (staphylococcal aureus).
This bacteria releases a toxin that can cause serious damage to the body's organs. If the woman is not treated quickly, this syndrome can lead to death. 20 to 30% of women carry this bacteria (source: Zava). 

It is therefore absolutely necessary to wear your tampon for less than six hours, change it regularly, and wash your hands well before and after removal. Above all, you must be familiar with the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome : sudden fever, vomiting, malaise, diarrhea, rash. If in doubt, contact the emergency services.

As the menstrual cup is an internal protection, the same hygiene advice applies: hand washing and wearing the cup for a maximum of six hours. We also do not recommend wearing the cup at night. It is recommended to sterilize the cup well before use. The best thing is to have two menstrual cups and alternate them so that you can clean/sterilize them properly.

On the other hand, unlike the tampon, the cup has a healthy composition. The menstrual cup placed at the entrance to the vagina does not disrupt the the vagina, does not irritate or dry out like the tampon could do.

Also, you should know that the tampon can leave residue when removed if it is of poor quality. The chemicals in tampons, which are very harmful, accumulate over the years. We therefore strongly advise you to turn to products with a composition clearly displayed by the manufacturers, which is not the case for tampon manufacturers.

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Cup or tampon, what is the right choice for the environment?

Le disposable tampon is a single-use periodic protection that is thrown away and cannot be recycled. The packaging, the tampon itself but also the applicator produce waste and pollute enormously. A tampon applicator takes decades to disintegrate. Just like the sanitary napkin, the tampon is made of plastic and various plastic derivatives.

We recently addressed the issue (Why should you stop using disposable menstrual products? ) recently on our blog. Tampons, pads and panty liners are found after use in the trash, produce a significant mass of waste, and obviously contribute to the plastic pollution, a plastic which is then found everywhere (in our water, our air and our food).

On the contrary, the lasting protection and reusable can be used for years without problem. The cup, like menstrual panties, can be used for years if they are properly cleaned and maintained. It greatly limits the production of plastic and waste.

The real plus with the cup? She’s a great ally for all swimmers! The menstrual cup can be worn during swimming lessons or pool afternoons in complete discretion. It perfectly manages the heaviest menstrual flows.

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For your teenager, choose quality and reliability. The cup can have its place in a adolescent menstrual routine. Alone or with menstrual panties, the menstrual cup can very well be used and worn by young virgin girls.
By choosing the appropriate size (small or medium), you guarantee your teenager comfort during their periods.
In addition to being a guarantee of quality and comfort, menstrual cups are a good way to save money during your period. In fact, depending on use, it can be used for between 5 to 10 years, compared to disposable tampons which must be repurchased much more frequently.

Louloucup makes its two models of menstrual cups in France. Fully in medical silicone, the two Loulou cups are extremely soft and very easy to insert and wear. Flexible and reliable, testing them means adopting them! With Louloucup, the Shipping is always free. Try the cup + menstrual panties pack so that your teenager is perfectly equipped.