If you are easily squeamish and hate the talk of anatomical things and such, then do NOT keep reading!
So if you’re a woman, you most likely menstruate and have most likely heard of the menstrual cup. If you haven’t heard of the menstrual cup, it is literally a flexible silicone cup that you insert into your lady goods and let the menstrual contents collect. Then you take it out once filled, dump it out (in toilet) and rinse it in the sink. YES it is absolutely gross, but to be completely honest, it is not anymore gross than changing a pad or tampon
Earlier this month I decided to purchase a menstrual cup as a part of being somewhat zero waste. Boy was I surprised at how well it worked and how well I liked it. Most people are able to go 12 hours without having to dump it out, so that is only two times in the bathroom. On my heaviest day, I have to visit the bathroom about every 4 -6 hours, which still beats every hour with a tampon or pad. I can’t completely cut out the whole public restroom debacle, but that really isn’t the end of the world to me. Baby wipes are my best friend.
I am still new to the cup, so I did have a couple of leaks throughout the week – nothing new there *huge eye roll*. Because I am completely comfortable with my lady goods, I didn’t have a huge problem with anything getting temporarily stuck or any crazy horror stories for that matter. BTW I only say “lady goods” because I like the way it sounds when said, but I am perfectly okay with the word vagina.
Now I’m not going to give a play by play on how to insert and remove the cup, because there are hundreds of examples all over the Internet. In fact, I watched about ten YouTube videos and read hundreds of reviews before I decided I was going to purchase one. So, I assume if you’re still reading this its because you already follow this blog or you are still trying to figure out where I put a cup.
Okay so let me get to the cool stuff about menstrual cups already!
The purchase is a one-time payment of about $15-$55 depending on the cup you get. The keyword is one-time, meaning you never really have to buy tampons or pads ever again. As stated before, you can go a longer amount of time without having be in a bathroom. Of course you’re not producing any waste because the cup is reusable. The best thing to me personally is… there is no horrible smell. You know the smell I’m speaking of, turns out that it is the pads and tampons or at least their interaction with the fluids.
I never thought periods could actually be so easy, just by changing the type of products. Of course I thought it was pretty disgusting at first, but now I’m more than comfortable with the change. I recommend that every menstruating woman switch to the cup because…well didn’t you read this blog post? I could rave on and on about the ever so wonderful menstrual cup, but I think I can save it for another post later on down the road.
However, I will say, the menstrual cup has made life (and periods) just that much easier.
Thanks for reading!