A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped device worn inside your hooha during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. Menstrual cups provide a viable alternative to pads and tampons. Menstrual cups are typically made of silicone or other nonlatex materials. Some menstrual cups are reusable — either one cup for an entire menstrual period or one cup for many menstrual periods — while others are intended for one-time use. Like The DivaCup, The Moon Cup and Softcup.
I got my first menstrual cup a month or two after Little One (LO) was born. I knew many years before little one was even conceived that I wanted to do cloth diapers for him. After he was born, seeing how easy cloth diapering was, I thought to myself, I wonder if I can do something like this for me for that lady time of month. So I started on my research and bought a menstrual cup and let me tell you it is life changing. Some of you that are hesitant maybe grossed out by a cup full of blood. But let me tell you, it not any more gross than a cotton soaked blood on a string or a completely soaked pad.
Here are some benefits to a menstrual cup that will make you change your mind:
So an average box of tampons costs around $7 and I used to go through maybe a box during a cycle. Panty-liners were a must because tampons always leaked, those averaged me around $6. A pack of 120 lasted me 2-3 months.
Let’s do the math shall we?
Tampons $7 x 12 months = $84
Pantiliners $6 x 4 times bought in a year = $24
Giving you a grand total of $108 not including costs of overnight pads because tampons do not last through the night.
One Diva cup cost is $26. And some brands say that their cups can last up to ten years! In ten years you would be spending $1,080 in disposable products!! Crazy right?!
There’s no denying how bad tampons are for the environment. A menstruating woman uses on average 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. 7 billion tampons are dumped into landfills each year (plus another 13 billion sanitary pads!) In short, feminine hygiene products are polluting our rivers, lakes, streams, and world. And you thought disposable diapers were bad!
Menstrual cups simply collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. This means they don’t upset the natural moisture balance in your hooha. Unlike the slightly rough texture of a tampon, the smooth surface of the cup is gentle on the lining, and there are no fibers to be left behind. These factors mean cup use has never been associated with TSS and there is also a greatly reduced risk of yeast infections.
Medical grade silicone has a proven safety record, being used for replacement heart valves and similar implants which remain in the body. It is hygienic, hypo-allergenic and contains none of the harmful plasticisers, bleaches and pesticides that can be found in disposable products.
No more trips to the store
Your significant other will be happy with this benefit. No more emergency errands to the store to get that box of tampons and a pint of ice cream….well maybe just an emergency errand for some ice-cream then.
Menstrual cups are great for all sports including swimming and running. I find that they are much more comfortable than tampons when I’m doing high intense activities.
This was the biggest benefit for me. No more sleeping on a towel, no more getting my PJ’s all bloody with leakages, no more getting up in the middle of the night either paranoid that I soaked through or having to change my tampon because I decided to use a tampon and not an overnight pad. I have the luxury to sleep through the night with no worries. Score!
So much more comfortable than tampons or pads, I barely feel like I have it once it’s in.
You Change every 12 hours
This goes along with the sleep section of not having to worry about changing it. I only empty my cup twice a day, when I wake up at 7am and after dinner at 7pm. With tampons, I had to change them every 4 hours, six if I get lucky and not to mention every single time I had to use the bathroom I had to change my tampon out in fear of getting urine or worse on the string. Grossness. Menstrual cups hold much more liquid than tampons.
EEK! No leaks!
When your cup is inserted correctly, there are absolutely no leaks. How awesome is that?!
Have you ever used a menstrual cup? Comment below on how you feel about using them!