The Menstrual Cup Update

Lifestyle, Minimalism, Natural, simplicity, Zero Waste

Okay so 6 months ago I purchased The Blossom Cup off of Amazon and haven’t reverted back to disposable feminine products since. Initially, I thought the idea of a cup was gross, but when you really think about it…there’s really nothing NOT gross about a period.

If you can’t tell already, I LOVE the cup! Well, I love most things I talk about on my blog hence why I talk about them. Originally I purchased the cup because it was a lot more zero waste than using anything disposable. Now I use the cup because it’s a way better alternative than the traditional products. I have so many pros for the cup:

  1. You can’t feel it (much) if inserted correctly.
  2. There’s no bad smell. There is a smell of course, but it isn’t nearly as horrible as the smell of pads and tampons.
  3. Non-drying and no chaffing. Let’s be real, pads and tampons can dry your poor lady parts right on out especially on those last few days.
  4. Reusable (DUH!) All I have to do is dump the cup out, rinse well, and then insert it back in. At the end of every cycle, I like to boil some water and let it sit for 5 minutes or so.

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I could go on and on as always, but I’ll spare you guys the nitty gritty details. Wearing a menstrual cup is ALMOST a worry free period alternative. I still have no desire to do cartwheels on a beach in a white dress, but I definitely feel much more comfortable going out in public when I’m on my cycle.

There is, of course, some cons like:

  1. Insertion can be tricky…even for the “expert.” Sometimes the cup just doesn’t want to go in. Thanks, female anatomy.
  2. Not the best for heavy periods. Of course, you can still wear the cup, but you won’t get that 12 hours of no changing. However, they do make cups that can be worn for women who have heavier periods.

I have two issues when it comes to the cup. My flow is either too heavy or too light. The heavy day (second day of period) I have to change my cup every 2-3 hours. On my light days (the last two days of period ) the cup is much harder to put in and take out and sometimes hurts.

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I haven’t figured out exactly how I will remedy these two issues, but I do have some ideas. I may just get a new cup that has a bigger capacity so I can wear it a little longer and I may buy a sea sponge for those really light days. We will see, though.

Overall, I really love the cup and the change that I have made. I’m overjoyed that there is no more trash or chaffing or smells! Hopefully, I can figure out what to do on my super heavy and super light days. I am completely fine with the way things are going other than those minor issues. If I could, I would tell EVERYONE to make the change to a menstrual cup because it’s such a game changer. If you haven’t made the change yet, I’m not going to preach at you to switch, but definitely, consider it! You might actually like it.

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

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I Put a Cup WHERE?!

Minimalism, Zero Waste

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 tamponIMG_3891

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 vaginaIMG_3894

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!

IMG_3893The 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!

ChelsiKay

 

Zero Waste and Plastic Free Living

Lifestyle, Minimalism, Plastic Free, Zero Waste

I frequent Starbucks almost everyday, to get work done for my jewelry store (Black Candy) or my YouTube channel (ChelsiKay). I usually get a Caramel Frappuccino or Iced Green Tea. I’ve been going to the same Starbucks for almost two years now and I have been ordering a drink in a disposable cup.Considering I go there all the time, I should have had a reusable cup a long time ago! I purchased one earlier this week and this one little change feels pretty great.

I’m sure by now you all have heard of the zero waste girl who fit two years of trash in a mason jar. If you haven’t, you can check out her story here. Personally I think it’s pretty impressive that people take the time to think about the amount of waste that they produce…how mindful

I don’t think attempting to live a zero waste lifestyle is hard but I do feel like it is time consuming. Many people go out of their way to go to bulk stores, make compost, DIY everything, bring their own eating utensils, and make the switch to sustainable resources. Some zero wasters also think you should go vegan, shop secondhand, stop driving, and never travel. With every kind of movement, there are going to be some dogmatic believers out there *sigh. * I could go on and on about how annoying those “all or nothing” people are and what a turn off it is, but I think we all know.

One thing is that plastic is the most obnoxious and somewhat unnecessary man-made resource out there. Have you ever had to open scissors with another pair of scissors? I have and even with the scissors it still took me 10 additional minutes to open the damned thing. Anyway, after much research on zero waste, I am going to attempt to live a plastic free lifestyle. Plastic free lines up right along with my refined minimalism (essentialism) and my mindful & simple living journey.

So, would I ever go completely zero waste? I’m not really sure. If I lived on my own I most likely would give it a try. It is an extreme lifestyle change and it honestly does seem like it could be rather stressful. However, it does help out to not let your waste sit in a landfill for years and years. Maybe one day…

Would you go zero waste or plastic free?

ChelsiKay

What is Zero Waste?

Plastic Free Living