Many of us take for granted the ability to simply leave the house without our menstrual cycles getting in the way—but for millions of women and people worldwide, life stops when periods start. Known as “period poverty,” lack of access to menstrual care products hinders people’s ability to go about their lives.
Period poverty is often presumed to be a third-world issue, but it impacts people around the globe—including here in the U.S. Many must choose between buying food and purchasing period products each month, and lack of access can keep people from working, attending school, and participating in our economy and society. Beyond affordability, questionable materials also become a cause for concern, underlining the lack of access to products that are safe for the body and the environment as well.
Menstrual Cups are Safe and Reusable Care
Unlike pads and tampons, menstrual cups don’t contain chemicals, bleaches, or fibers that can cause sensitivity or allergic reactions, and menstrual cups are considered more environmentally friendly—many pads and tampons are not biodegradable, creating tons of waste with each cycle. Menstrual cups are often a more economical option, too. With the average person using 20 tampons per month (plus other protection products), a year’s worth of tampons alone can cost at least $120.
When seeking to create a better, more thoughtful menstrual cup, we enlisted the help of a sexologist in addition to thorough product research. This collaborative effort culminated in a strategic, reusable design that includes silicone material for optimal hygiene and safety, a flexible, curved bell-shape for a snug yet comfortable fit, an ergonomic rim to prevent leakage, a shorter stem for easy removal, and anti-suction holes for a gentle break of suction. Our INTIMATE CARE Menstrual Cups cost $39.99—and with two cups included in each box, a package can easily be split between two people to cut the price even further, or saved by a single person for alternating use that allows for an extended product lifetime.
The JimmyJane Connection
Since 2003, we've made it our mission to support the personal wellness goals of people around the world. As a sexual wellness product designer, we're experienced in combating social taboos in order to provide access to important products, and as an internationally recognized brand, we are uniquely suited to help shed light on the importance of ending period poverty. The launch of the INTIMATE CARE Menstrual Cups was a big step, and we’re taking it a step further with a new campaign in support of #HappyPeriod.
#HappyPeriod is a non-profit organization that works to spread awareness on menstrual health, eliminate the stigma surrounding menstruation, and provide people with periods options that are good for their wallet, their body, and the planet. They distribute menstrual protection to homeless and low-income women and people throughout the U.S., and we will be donating $1 to #HappyPeriod for every purchase of INTIMATE CARE Menstrual Cups in early 2020.
In a world where lack of access to menstrual care products can actively hinder a person’s ability to work, learn, and function, menstrual cups provide reliable protection every month without necessitating ongoing financial responsibility. By chucking your old period products in favor of menstrual cups, by supporting organizations like #HappyPeriod, and by simply talking about the reality of period poverty, we can all take part in the change that brings us closer and closer to making affordable access to menstrual protection a reality for everyone.