I know how this sounds, but stick with me for a sec! Before I go any further, I will warn you this is a post about periods, so if you don’t want to hear about that then this is not the one for you.
Half of the world’s population are women that experience, have experienced, or will experience periods. And most of us can’t imagine our periods without pads or tampons. I can’t speak for pads but I’d easily go through a box of tampons each period. There’s the applicator and then the used tampon itself that ends up thrown away. Not to mention you pay around $10 for a box of tampons.
Not only is this not cost effective, tampons and pads leave so much waste at the end. For a while I used tampons without applicators, but they were small and hard to use.
One day pursuing the old youtube I can across a video about menstrual cups. I hadn’t heard of anything like this, and I went into a youtube menstrual cup K-hole for a while. There are countless brands that make cups, the main two being Mooncup and Diva Cup.
Amazon seemed to be the cheapest place to buy a menstrual cup compared to pharmacies and Whole Foods. So one day I bit the bullet and ordered one for around $25.
There are two sizes for most cups, one pre-childbirth and one post-childbirth. So I purchased the Diva Cup size 1 for women who have not had a child.
When I got it, I boiled it in water to sanitize it and waited for my period to come.
To get the cup in, you need to find a fold that works for you. Below is how I fold my cup to get in. It took some experimentation to find the appropriate angle to put it in and how to make sure it is sealed. I would suggest wearing a panty-liner until you are confident you can use the menstrual cup without it leaking. It also helps to put it in in the shower, you can squat and figure out how to get it in.
I wore a panty-liner for the first couple days but after that I learned to tell if it was all the way in and sealed.
One menstrual cup can last up to 5 years if you sanitize it regularly by boiling it. With the menstrual cup, you would end up paying about 42 cents a month instead of $10 a month.
A big bonus for me is that I don’t have to dump the blood out of the cup as many times as I changed a tampon in a day. On a heavy flow day I only have to empty it at most 3 times. Normally it’s only twice. From the middle to the end of my period, I don’t need to empty it at all during the day.
Also there is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, because the blood is not held up on the cervix. The materials that make up the cup is medical grade silicone.
On top of that you reduce your annual waste by thousands of pounds!
The only downside is the little pouch you get with the cup to put it in. Its pretty girly and bright. I will eventually sew myself a new pouch, but this is the only con I have about this particular menstrual cup.
This is definitely the most environmentally friendly choice, and I prefer the cup 1000 times over tampons or pads. Hopefully this inspires you to try the menstrual cup for yourself!