Why I started using a menstrual cup
I’d like to take a moment to sing the praises of my menstrual cup. For years I’ve been a pads-only person with the occasional tampon when life necessitated one. I’ve always found both to be a royal pain in the rear. They are just one more thing to spend money on, make sure I have enough of each month, remember to carry around, dispose of, and pray I haven’t run out of at 2 am or in the middle of a blizzard. To add insult to injury, the likelihood of whatever I chose to use leaking was always pretty high.
After hearing a lot about reusable menstrual cups online I decided to give them a try. After all, if all of the praise I was hearing was anywhere close to the truth it wouldn’t hurt to try. It didn’t take long before I was also singing the praises of the menstrual cup to anyone who would listen, which may have lead to an awkward conversation or two. I’m a full-on convert and have no plans to switch back to disposable products any time soon. So, why should you give a menstrual cup a try?
7 Reasons to use a Menstrual Cup
- Cost. The one time cost of a menstrual cup is roughly $24 depending on the brand you pick. If you use tampons or pads the cost can be $7 or more a month, or $84 on up a year. To be fair, most menstrual cup brands recommend that the cup be replaced each year but many people use theirs for much longer without an issue.
- Low maintenance. Most cups can be worn for 10-12 hours without an issue, unlike tampons which max out at 8 hours (if you are lucky) or pads that last even less time. When it comes time to empty the cup you just dump it out into the toilet, give it a quick rise or wipe of toilet paper, and put it back in. Because you can go so long between emptying it’s not hard to avoid messing with it in a public bathroom and honestly, the times I have had to it wasn’t a big deal.
- No overnight leakage! Let me just say that one more time: No. Overnight. Leakage. Or any leakage for that matter. Not once. As long as it’s in well there is no reason to worry about it and it’s pretty easy to tell if it’s in correctly.
- No irritation. I don’t know about you, but pads and tampons tend to dry everything out and make me super irritated. That hasn’t been an issue at all since I made the switch to a cup.
- Total period freedom. If my period is due to show up I can put in the cup before it happens and avoid any surprises throughout the day. Even better, I can go about my day without having to worry if I have enough pads or tampons with me. The first time I went on a trip during my period while using my cup it was amazing. I didn’t have to pack any pads for my trip and play the guessing game of if I had too many or to few.
- Environmentally friendly. A reusable cup cuts down on how much waste goes into landfills and the waste that goes into manufacturing disposable feminine hygiene products.
- Really easy to use. This was a big one for me as I was afraid that using a cup would be a pain in the butt but after that first cycle using it I had it down. The directions that came with it were really clear and there are lots of videos online to help you out. There is no chance of it getting “lost” and removal is super easy. If you can put in a tampon this won’t be any more difficult, I promise. Plus, if you don’t get it right the first time taking it out and trying again doesn’t hurt like crazy, unlike doing the same with a tampon.
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I’ve been using a Diva Cup which has worked really well for me. There are lots of other options out there though. This quiz might help narrow down your choices. I did try something called a Softcup and that was a total disaster. Getting it in and having it not leak wasn’t bad, it was getting it out without making the bathroom look like a CSI episode that was the problem. Totally could have been user error on my part. The plus of the Softcup is that it can be worn during sex because it sits much higher up and they have both disposable and reusable options.
So, what do you think? Is a menstrual cup something you’d consider using? Let me know in the comments!