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Menstrual Cup: Pros and Cons

Happy Monday to you all!  I’m super excited to share something with you all today; I have a new best friend, and it’s a menstrual cup.

Yep.  You heard me right.  This little thing has changed. my. life.  

I’m free. I’ll never have to buy tampons again!

I did some research back before summer and decided that I wanted to try out a re-usable menstrual product.  It’s not as gross at it sounds, I promise.  It’s also not as messy as it sounds.  First and foremost, let’s get this out of the way:

I think we need to normalize periods.  

GO YOU for being comfortable enough to research making this change!

Every single girl goes through this as she gets older and turns into a woman.  Let’s not try to sugar coat things and hide behind weird period curtains.  We’re all adults here, and I think we can handle a little blood!

Let’s set aside the embarrassment and focus on the bigger issues here: waste, sustainability, and personal comfort.

The Pros:

1. The Menstrual Cup is Better for the Environment

Tampons and Pads

Hands down, ladies.  I know I alone used to flush hundreds of tampons every year before I switched to a menstrual cup.  (I know, I know, you’re not supposed to flush them T.T).  Imagine how many are disposed of by your city alone every month.  That’s a lot of fibrous waste.

Pads are waste, too.  And just like disposable diapers (which I’m also not fond of), they take forever to decompose in landfills.

The Beloved Menstrual Cup

Buy one, use it for 5-10 years.  A fraction of the waste is produced, and if you take silicone to a recycling facility (they do exist), it’s zero waste.  Now, I like the sound of that.

2.  The Menstrual Cup Saves you Money $

This is by far my favorite upside.  I’m always looking for ways to cut costs and budgetary corners in my house without sacrificing quality of life.  If you follow any of our parenting decisions, you’ll know that’s why we chose to cloth diaper our daughter, Kenna.

I bought two cup for about $18 (roughly the cost of 4 months worth of tampons for me), and it will last me roughly twenty-one times longer than those tampons.

3. It Might Reduce your Cramping

You heard me right.  The menstrual cup, when placed right, sits around your cervix rather than directly below it.  This means that it’s not shoving and budging an already irritated part of your body around.

I went from needing 600 mg of Ibuprofen 24/7 for the first 3 days of my period… to needing only 400 mg for the first 12 hours of it.

That’s a major difference.  I feel like a new person.

4.  You Don’t Need to Replace it Every 3-4 Hours

Think 12 hours.

That’s right.  Dump it in the evening before bed, then dump it in the morning when you wake up.  That easy.

Bonus:

You won’t be struggling to pull out a desert-dry tampon, feel me?

5. Say Goodbye to TSS Risk

You should never leave something up there for more than 12 hours anyway.  However; the reason for a menstrual cup lowering the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (a life threatening bacterial infection) is that the cup doesn’t mess with the moisture level or pH balance of the vagina.

The REAL pros and cons of the menstrual cup, and how it changed my life.

The Cons

1. There’s a Substantial Learning Curve

Read the directions for your cup more than once.  If you know what you’re doing, you’ll have an easier time getting it right.  I love the Blossom Cup’s instructions because they even give you a picture; that sounds grosser than it is, and it’s actually really helpful.

The upside is, though, that once you’ve got it, you could do it in your sleep.  It’s pretty easy once you get over the initial weird factor (just like with tampons, remember?).

2. You HAVE to Place it Right

The only line of defense (in this war that is struggling to keep your clothes clean)… is suction.  If anything breaks the suction, you’re basically not wearing anything.  I highly recommend wearing a thin pad for backup while you get the hang of your menstrual cup.

3. It’s like Roulette Picking the Right Size

Most companies will have “sizing guides,” but honestly I don’t know if that’s the way to go.  I personally tried the small Blossom Cup first, knowing that I had carried a full-term 8 pound baby.  However I had a C-section, so I figured that would have made it so I didn’t need a large?????

The small was okay, but I found I broke the suction a lot easier than I do with the large.  It’s definitely made a difference since I switched sizes.

My recommendation is to get one in each size (at such a cheap price, it’s better to just know you’ll be all set).  I still use my small at the beginning of my period, or if I think I will start soon – YES, you can wear a menstrual cup outside of your period!

4. Public. Restrooms.

This is actually something I hear women bring up often.  I don’t think this has to be an issue, though.

First of all, you only have to change the thing every 12 hours.  It should be pretty easy to plan your work day/ errands around this.

Secondly, there are ways to dump the cup and replace it without a sink; get creative!  If you’ve had a baby, you know the magic that are peri bottles.  It’s basically a squirt bottle the hospital gives you to spray water up there while you’re sitting on the toilet.  Keep something like this in your purse or bag for emergencies.  I think they also make special menstrual cup wipes (though I wouldn’t spend money on them, personally).

Convinced?

I was.  I did so much research on YouTube and amazon.  I knew I didn’t want the Diva Cup – people said it was too stiff and uncomfortable; this led me to look for an affordable, soft, squishy cup!  I landed on the Blossom Cup, and it comes in multiple colors (not that color really makes much of a difference?).

I wouldn’t recommend this and spend so much time writing about it if I didn’t absolutely love this thing, you guys.  It’s super flexible, and I haven’t felt like I need to cut the tail off – like most women do with the Diva Cup.  I really hope you give this product a try.  I was so excited about it that I told most of my female family members!

 

Until next time,

Rachel

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