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The pure genuis alternative to pads and tampons is the menstrual cup. Although menstrual cups have been around since at least the 1800s, they were not patented until the 1930s by a woman genius named Leona Chalmers.
The first time you encounter a menstrual cup, it’s a little bone jarring. People put that in them? And then take it out and reuse it again?
But using menstrual cups is a game changer. This message is for every strong, independent women: you need this. And this is why:
You actually forget you’re having your period
One of the biggest beauties of a menstrual cup is that once it’s inserted, it can stay in all day. You can change it about every 10 hours. In contrast, tampons should be changed every four hours.
With the menstrual cup, if it wasn't for the PMS symptoms you experience, you probably would forget you were even on your period.
There is no smell
That disgusting fishy smell that sometimes accompanies your period is completely gone when you use a cup.
On a popular tampon brand website, a user asked whether or not it was normal to smell during her period. This was expert, Michelle Petropoulos’ response:
“To decrease odor, change your pad frequently.”
So, eliminate the pad and tampon altogether and you’ll eliminate the smell.
You don’t have to bother with those tampon strings
If you have to pee more often than you have to change a tampon, that little tampon string is obnoxious. Menstrual cups are removed by a small plastic stem that sits right inside your body, meaning there is no string to deal with. This makes peeing less of a hassle and the string problem nonexistent.
Cleaning it is not as gross as you are imagining
Some months it feels like you might die from losing so much blood. In all reality, the average woman only looses about one to two ounces of blood each cycle. While you do have to empty the menstrual cup of collected blood when you remove it, it’s likely much less blood than you are imagining.
A menstrual cup holds about one ounce, so unless you have a very heavy period, you likely won’t have that much filled up each time you change it. You simply dump the bit of blood in the toilet and wash out the cup with unscented, water-based soap before reinserting it. When your period ends, you sterilize it in boiling water and put it in its cute little storage bag.
Speaking of inserting … don’t stress about it
When you first look at the cup, you can’t imagine it fitting comfortably in you all day – especially when you compare it to the size of a tampon.
This can be a consumer’s greatest concern. Inserting it takes getting used to, but after a few days it feels natural. It’s not recommended to use a lubricant, but you can get the rim of the cup wet to help it slide in better. Once it’s in, it’s so comfortable you’ll probably forget it’s there.
It’s not just one-size fits all
As mentioned above, the inserting process can seem daunting. Most companies sell cups in two sizes and provide a guide on how to tell what size will work for you. The stem that is used the pull the cup down for removal can be trimmed so it doesn’t stick out and make things uncomfortable.
There’s no chance of it getting lost in you
This sounds dumb, but it’s a real concern for some! The DivaCup website (a popular menstrual cup company) explains why you don’t need to worry about this.
“The vaginal canal is an elastic, muscular tube only about four (4) – five (5) inches (10.2 – 12.7 cm) long! This means that the vagina does not connect to other parts of the body so The DivaCup cannot get lost.”
It will save you a LOT of money