Ok, I have to admit when I was first told the idea for this blog post I had a moment of mixed emotions and then I quickly got over it because WOMEN NEED TO KNOW THIS STUFF! I've seen commercials on YouTube for the latest cups, passed them in the feminine products aisle of the store and even had my OB mention them to me, but they just seemed intimidating, awkward and who the heck wants to walk around asking other women if they've tried feminine cups before so they can get the real skinny on them. So...THANK YOU Amy Hammond for putting together this blog post so women can get the scoop without the embarrassment of asking around or fumbling through their first experience. I do believe finding alternatives to sanitary pads and tampons is much better for our bodies and massively better for our environment! Having pesticides, plastics and chlorine inserted into your HIGHLY absorbant vagina is not so hot for our health, as it all crosses into our bloodstream very quickly. (read more here) So lets talk cups! Here we go...
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Menstrual Cup….and Probably
Girls, ladies, women: Welcome to the revolutionary collection device that sounds too simple to be effective: the menstrual cup. If I sound a bit excited about sharing the news, that’s because I can’t believe I didn’t discover the cup until I was nearly 40. Here’s what it is, how it works, and why you should consider it your monthly go-to.
I’ll never have to ask a stranger “Excuse me, do you have a tampon?” again. That’s because:
The design is genius – Made of flexible silicone or latex rubber, it looks just like it sounds: a little chalice.
It’s ridiculously simple – Fold it in half lengthwise and pretend it’s a tampon. Once it’s in place, it forms a seal and collects fluids.
No toxic shock syndrome – It holds more than tampons and pads as well.
Better for the environment – Though there are disposable menstrual cups available, consider a reusable one. Instead of sending those pads and tampons to the landfill every single month, you’ll purchase one cup – usually just one a year.
No more pet invasions – Dogs getting into the garbage once a month? No more.
Cost-effective – These cups can be purchased for $30-$40. Add up the amount of money you spend each months on pads and tampons, and you’ll actually save money using the cup.
Nothing is perfect, however, and there is a learning curve to this menses method. It’s possible you may experience the following:
Leaks – Have a tilted uterus? It may take some practice to get that cup in exactly the right position. I speak from experience.
Emptying woes in a public bathroom – This is probably the most obvious detriment to the cup, but it’s easy to prepare for this situation. Stash a bottle of water in your purse, and after you empty the cup, simply rinse it off and go.
Avoiding spills – They do happen. However, once you get the hang of removal (it’s a bit of a pinch and pull experiment) they are rare.
So, ready to give the cup a go?
Start with your light flow days or those days right before your period when you keep muttering Come on and start already to your uterus. How many pads or tampons have you wasted during these times just in case? Instead, insert. The cup, that is. And forget about it.
During heavy flow, consider wearing underwear like Thinx at night in tandem with the cup. That way if there is leakage while you’re in dreamland, it won’t seep onto the sheets. Not into absorbent underthings? The cup alone will likely do just fine. Another tip: Consider emptying it in the shower. That way, you can clean the cup with simple soap and water, pop it back in, and you’re finished. It’s really that easy!
Select a cup size that jives with your childbearing situation (smaller cups for those who have not birthed children, larger ones for those who have). And join the ranks of women like me who can’t seem to fathom why it took so long to discover this period panacea.
Here are a couple brands to try:
(This portion of the article was researched by Briana and not based on the brands Amy uses or has tried. We have no affiliation with these brands nor do we make a commision on the sale)
OrganiCup - medical grade silicone, made in the USA, no junky chemical ingredients
FlexCup Medicale grade silicone, they have pull tab cups & discs. Founded by a woman who was able to cure her chronic yeast infections by stopping Tampon use, based in California) - we found that using code "HELLOFLEX" gets your 20% off currently.
About the Blogger:
Amy Hammond is a freelance writer and actress who lives in St. Petersburg. She loves writing about just about everything and is constantly bugging her friends about 'this next great thing' she's found (hence this latest post). The author of five books that encourage children to aspire to higher education, she is a rabid Florida fan and the author of When I Grow Up, I'll be a Gator.