By now I am sure most people have read, watch or heard something about this ubiquitous thing called menstrual cup.
In our daily life we spend so much thinking about what we put on our face, skin, hair, our food and what we wear - yet little attention is often given to product to handle our period. Such as much it cost or what toxic chemicals are used in the product. We all know about the toxic materials that are used in tampons and the risk with using tampons because Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and chances are you've heard of horror stories of women getting TSS, yet the majority of the population appears to not give it a second thought.
Am not stranger to use tampons and like many despite hearing and reading the horror stories of women getting TSS I continue to ignore and continued with my use of tampons. Seven months ago I decided to try this menstrual cup that every environmentalist seem to be talking about. Since I am all about using natural and/or organic products I think menstrual supplies are one of the final frontiers of the eco-and body friendly product movement.
Menstrual cups are a reusable bell-shaped cup of medical graded silicone that holds menses, instead of absorbing it. Instead of throwing it out once it is full, one simply pours out the content (blood) - when inserted right, the cup circular rims forms to your body by suctioning to the vaginal wall - so it leaks less than a tampon (Yay!! to no leakage). When you're done your period you can clean it by boiling it.
If you're squeamish about blood, menstrual cup might be something that you should avoid and stick to other non-toxin menstrual products because the menstrual cup requires a lot of contact with your period than you would typically have with using a simple tampon. But my experience with menstrual cup has been very positive and somewhat empowering at the same time. Aside from the embarrassing story of being drunk while empty my menstrual cup, only to have the cup fall in the toilet and then using my beforehand to get it out, wash it and then use it (I know, pretty gross) - aside from that I have no complains with using it.
While my experience has been extremely positive with using menstrual cup, it is important to recognize that it is not for everyone because we are all shaped differently. After having read a number of articles on this it seems that most women who have used it find that their cramps are more menaeable with a cup than with tampons. I can testify to this fact. Yes, changing the cup can be a little messy and if you're drunk it's even ten times messier. Whereas getting the cup in right is another challenge. But with all its challenges and the blood messy scenes that you are bound to experience, it beats having to purchase a box of tampon every one or two months. Having to purchase one product that only needs to be replaced every few years seems like a good deal to me. The major brands of menstrual cups include DivaCup, MoonCup, Softcup and Lunette - I've been using the DivaCup and I absolutely love it and cannot speak to the efficiency of the brands.
With that being said, here are my top four reasons why you should consider trying the menstrual cup next times aunt flow comes to town. Before going ahead of purchasing it I strongly recommend doing further research and if you are dreading the process of having to insert it, there are number of YouTube videos on how to insert it.
Save that Money ($$)
In the long run menstrual cups are more economically efficient than disposable one; in the long run a user will save money by using a menstrual cup. Considering that a menstrual cup cost ($30 USD) a year will cost you much less than a box of tampons or pad each month.
Decrease chances of TSS
The health benefit of menstrual cups are significant from less extreme cramps to decrease chances of getting TSS.
If you hate changing your tampons, menstrual cup is your dream product because you only have to change it two or three times a day and it's a leaked-proof all night, allowing you to enjoy your sleep without worrying about any leakage
Save earth one cycle at a time, since menstrual cup are reusable they can help to reduce waste. Some disposable sanitary napkins and plastic tampon applicators can take 25 years to break down in the ocean and can cause a significant environmental impact. So why even bother right.