Ooh. It’s finally time to talk vaginas on this blog. I have been wanting to touch on the subject of menstrual cups and other sustainable period products for a while now. But, this being a personal blog, I can’t talk about something I haven’t experienced myself. So, about two months ago, I purchased a menstrual cup. This is what I think of it.
I was hesitant to try a menstrual cup because of the horror stories flowing around on the internet. After using, I have to say, they are kind of true. But not necessarily in a bad way. Yes, it’s going to get messy in the beginning. And yes it’s going to hurt a bit when you’ve been digging around in your downstairs area for a few hours because you’re not sure wether it’s properly in place and wether you should be trimming that highly annoying stem or not. But, cool your jets and get to know your body a bit more. You’ll be just fine.
Why put a cup in your tulip?
Firstly, using a menstrual cup instead of disposable period products is super good for the planet. Pads, tampons and diapers actually account for one of the biggest portions of garbage produced by us humans. They are also made with a lot of chemicals, which is bad for Planet as well as our delicate flowers. Once used, they are difficult to break down.
Secondly, period products are expensive! A woman, on average, spends 27 000 euro in her life on her period. How’s that still legal? Do you know what you can achieve with that amount of money? -Me neither, I’ll probably waste it on lipstick or smoothies or something. – A menstrual cup, on the other hand, last for over 10 years. I bought mine for about 10 euros from Aneer.
Thirdly, our precious flowers will be so so thankful. A menstrual cup creates a vacuum with your vaginal wall. This allows the blood to pass into the cup. This means that the blood isn’t getting cozy with your pretty flower for hours on end, meaning: no toxic shock syndrome. Thus, no stabbing cramps when you’ve forgotten/couldn’t replace your tampon.
Are you not a tampon user for exactly this reason, than you might want to try the menstrual cup because of this fact: because of the vacuum that is created, there is no scent.
Lastly, and this is the main reason why I love the cup, you can leave the cup in for a longer period of time than other period products because it holds a lot more flow. On average, you’ll need to empty your cup twice a day (every 12h). I’m unable to do that, since I’m a heavy flow kinda gall. But the cup still buys me a lot of time.
Questions? Shoot! Have you tried alternatives for disposable period products? Let me know!8