It was about 8 years ago when I stumbled upon a little contraption called a Menstrual Cup. This was before I had kids and although I was really impressed by it, it was the price and the thought of sticking this “up there” that held me back.
This specific cup I was looking at was $60 and I didn’t feel like taking the risk at the time. What if it doesn’t fit, is uncomfortable, yadi yadi yadi………How silly of me! Now that I have had my children I have come to realize that an entire head can be squeezed through a very small opening. And so, now the thought of having a menstrual cup up there was a walk in the park compared to an infants head. No big deal, at all. Wow, I am so glad I did it as it has entirely changed the way I look at my monthlies. I no longer dread them, in fact I look forward to it. When I have them, I don’t realize I do. It’s no longer a dreaded affair, thank goodness!
You may have never heard of this contraption and quite frankly are scratching your head, so let me explain what it is.
A Menstrual Cup is a very neat and hygienic way to catch your flow during your period. Apart from it being clean, it is also very green and very economic, because you will only ever need 1 Cup to do the job. The Cup is made from a medical grade silicon and is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects the flow, rather than absorbing it. The best thing about it is that there is no need to change it every 2 or 3 hours like you would with a pad or a tampon. Instead, it only needs changing once every 10-12 hours. How convenient is that? I experienced first hand how convenient that really was when I flew to The Netherlands last year. (36 hour trip!) It is easier to squeeze an infants head through your birth canal than it is to squeeze past 3 overweight people in the Economy Cabin! You can only imagine how thrilled I was not to have to do that every 3 hours or so!
Here are some of the great advantages of the Menstrual Cup
- It’s economical. The Honest Menstrual Cup costs $25 dollars and can last for years. Typically, women will spend about $150-200 every year on disposable menstrual products.
- It reduces waste. Silicone-grade menstrual cups are safe to be used for many years. In stark contrast, the average woman will use over 10,000 pads and tampons in her lifetime. It takes thousands of years for those to break down. Imagine the smell 😉
- It limits exposure to chemicals. There has been growing concern over dioxin – a chemical by-product from cotton bleaching process – that has a potential link to cancer. Cotton is one of the worst offenders of pesticide uses, and all the chemicals that are used to produce pads and tampons can also off-gas into the environment.
- It is Effective. In my experience the cup is leak-free — a major benefit for women who lead busy lifestyles.
- You can also sleep without having to wear thick night pads, in fact go naked if you are that way inclined.
- When on holidays you can swim without a worry.
To order your very own Cup email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org