A New Period - Menstrual Cups
That's right today's post is a period post. It's uncomfortable to talk about sometimes but ignoring the problem is definitely not going to make it go away. So today I'm leaping head first and sharing my new discovery. Menstrual cups: the better, eco-friendly and pocket friendly way to period.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
I asked my friend the same question back in 2017 when I first came across the term. It sounded insane, how in the world am I expected to shove a cup in there and walk around comfortably, tampons were challenging enough.
A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene device that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. It is specifically designed to provide up to 12 hours of leak-free protection.
Yes! 12 hours. You read correctly, I am not joking. You can literally go about your entire day without worrying about when you have to change your tampon or if you pad has shifted to the side. 12 hours, just let that sink in. When I heard it I thought it was bullshit so I did some research.
A Brief History of the Menstrual Cup.
It turns out that menstrual cups aren't new at all they've been around for decades and nobody was tell me about it. An early version of a bullet-shaped menstrual cup was patented in 1932. Most menstrual cups are now manufactured from medical grade silicone because of its durability and hypoallergenic properties. Not only are these little plastic cups safe to use for prolonged periods of time (get it, periods!), they are hypoallergenic.
Why use a Menstrual Cup?
Honestly if 12 leak free hours didn't convince you, I think there's something you're not saying. Nonetheless there are even more reasons. Menstrual Cups are undeniably the best because of the following:
Lack of cotton means you're not robbed of the natural moisture as with tampons.
They create less waste because you are literally using the same cup over and over so no more struggling to dispose period products in public restrooms.
Extremely affordable in the long run. One cup costs about $30 and you literally can use the same cup for 5-10 years. I'm not joking 5-10 years of no tampon shopping or squeezing pads into your cute little purses.
They are comfortable and literally invisible when you have it in. The cup goes up your vagina as sits right in the canal before the cervix. I know that sounds scary but I promise its like it's not even in there.
How to use it?
This is where it gets a little tricky. As with all great technology, menstrual cups have a bit of a learning curve. Women who are comfortable using tampons may be familiar with the art of shoving it in but the cup is a little bigger and you do have to make sure it unfolds correctly to make a seal when you put it in.
Here is a link to the article that taught me how to insert and remove the menstrual cup as well as maintenance during and between periods.
I have only had the OrganiCup for about three months now and in that brief time my life has literally changed. My period has transformed from a monthly chore to a thought that I barely think about so much so that I've found myself forgetting when a month has passed. This menstrual cup has taken away the hassle and unnecessary discomfort attached with periods (obviously not the cramps) and I feel lighter and no different from any other day. It took a few days to get the hang of inserting it properly but I adapted to it and it's as engraved in my routine as having a shower in the morning which coincidentally is the same time that I put it in.
Ladies the world of periods is on the verge of an environmental change, why not get on board and help reduce the masses of waste produced from disposed period products by introducing yourselves and young girls to Menstrual Cups.
Wishing you all a happy stress-free period!