Why menstrual cups, periods, and being a woman is awesome.
Don’t be afraid to talk about your period. There is nothing to be ashamed of, to hide, or to be embarrassed about. When someone says that it’s gross that you have your period, then they’re oblivious to what happens to the female body and need to be welcomed into the reality of how the hell they were even conceived and birthed into the world. Did they fall out of the sky? I mean, come on, there’s a 50% chance that you came out of a vagina! Not to mention that the only thing that I think is gross is the thought of how much waste and trash we’re generating in the landfills by using tampons and pads.
I’ve been using a diva cup for over 5 years and would never go back to using tampons or pads. I had a history of heavy and painful periods, and also used to get my period twice in one month! I would be in so much pain for the first few days of my cycle that I couldn’t function, and it was near impossible to find a comfortable position to alleviate my cramps. The first time that I used a menstrual cup, I noticed an immediate decrease in pain and the amount of cramping that I had. I honestly have no idea how the two are related, but I’ve read a ton of articles with many other women agreeing that their cramps lessened once they switched to a cup.
Financially, you will only need to pay for the cup one time, so around $30 and they last for years and years. I have no idea what the price is for a box of tampons or pads, but even if one box is just $5, that’s $60 a year if you only need to use one box a month. You could spend $120 in two years just on tampons.
I used the diva cup model 1 before I gave birth, and then I switched to the model 2 after giving birth to Apollo. I have never had problems with it, can wear it for over 6 hours before I even need to empty it, and find it incredibly easy to use and keep clean. It did take me a few times to get the whole routine down, but since then I barely think twice when I have my period. I actually forget sometimes because the cup makes it so damn easy.
I found some links to other menstrual cups, but I’ve only tried the diva cup and can’t give my opinion on the other brands:
Have you ever tried any of these brands? What are your thoughts on menstrual cups?