Women today have an estimated 450 periods during their lifetime – that is three times as many as our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who started menstruating later and spent many more years pregnant or nursing. Just think how many tampons or pads you use in your life.
First time I heard about a menstrual cup was around 15 years ago when my sister bought me one. I was not extremely happy, but definitely curious. I tried and I have to admit I didn´t stick to it. I can´t remember why, but it be that it was too big and uncomfortable. So I went back to tampons.
Though cups have been around for 80 years, they’re getting a lot of love again. Last year, The DivaCup saw double-digit growth in sales, and a recent Kickstarter campaign for the collapsible Lily Cup raised more than 4,000 percent of its funding goal within 40 days.
Around 1,5 year ago I went to my local drugstore and bought the only one they had (remember I live in a small town). It was Me Luna cup for 15,95€. My first try didn´t go as I hoped. It was leaking a bit. But on my second period I already learned how I have to install it and how deep it should sit (deeper than I first tried) and I never had any leakage again. I gave my box of tampons to my friend and never looked back.
SO WHY YOU SHOULD USE IT?
- Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone and do not absorb your natural body fluids, instead, they collect the blood flow.
- Menstrual cups are safe and do not contain any toxic or hazardous chemicals. More about the hazardous ingredients in pads, tampons and other feminine care products at Chem Fatale.
- Tampons can also leave fiber residuals inside your body.
- They’re reusable! So they will not end up in a landfill.
- They will save you a lot of money too.
- They can collect 2-4 times more blood than a tampon.
- Menstrual cups can hold 10-12 hours of blood flow.
- They are a lot more comfortable. You will forget that you have it in.
- If you take care of your cup, they can last many years.
- There come in a lot of different models and sizes. Full test on the thesweethome.com
Are they messy?
Again, you might need some time (or not) to master it. After the first period, you´ll be a pro and it´s not it´s a lot less messy than using tampons or pads. You simply flush your blood down the toilet (or down the sink or shower). Once you’ve emptied your cup, rinse briefly in warm water (in a sink) and re-insert. If you are not at home, just find a toilet with a sink or simply wipe out the cup with a piece of toilet paper. Since I carry my water bottle everywhere, I can simply rinse my cup with that water. But since the cup can collect the blood for so long, I usually just wait to come back home.
At the end of your cycle, I boil my menstrual cup to prepare it for my next cycle. And I store my cup in the cotton bag. Just don’t store it in a plastic box, because it needs to breathe.