Pads, Tampons or Cup?

Finding the best menstrual care product is a lot like dating. You have to shop around until you find the perfect fit— literally and figuratively. One of the things I’ve always struggled with until recently was that the only options I had for my period were both options that didn’t work well for me. Pads were too uncomfortable, they made me feel super self conscious and that is no way to live so I switched to tampons. The more I read about them, the more skeptical and uncomfortable I felt about them being inside my body. All those toxins and all those blurry rules about how often they should be changed added unnecessary stress to my days.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago when a family friend told me about the diva cup that my life changed for the better. Sounds dramatic but it’s true! I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t take some time getting used to because it did. Using the cup is a drastically different experience from using tampons or pads. In my opinion, the experience of a cup puts you more in touch with not only your cycle but your body as well. Here are some of the most common questions my friends and anyone willing to listen to be rave about the cup asks:

Can you feel it?

Not at all! figuring out how to position it takes a little while but once you get the hang of it, it’s a seamless process and feel. You can run, dance, swim, whatever you want while you have it in.

How long does it last?

My cup usually holds me down for 12 hours at least which is pretty impressive because my periods tend to fall on the heavy side. 12 whole hours of living your best life without interruptions? Surely, you see why I swear by the cup.

What do you do if you’re in a public bathroom?

I try and do this when at home. Since they last so long, I can usually swing this. For those long days, I always take a bottle of water to the bathroom with me. Worst comes to worst, there is always baby wipes to get you through it!

How do you clean it?

I boil hot water and let my cup sit in there for about 30 minutes, or until the water is no longer hot. I wipe it off and put it back in it’s little bag that it comes packaged in. Simple as that until Aunt Flo pays me a visit again. And oh, it lasts up to 6 months- 1 year before replacement is needed. Hello to my fellow queens who are flowing on a budget and not ashamed to say it!

 

More on all things you need to know about the cup:

  • Cups are safe for women and girls! A recent study in Kenya conducted with 604 girls showed that cups are not hazardous or cause health harms.
  • A cup actually collects the menstrual flow instead of absorbing it like tampons and pads do
  • Cups are more eco-friendly than pads and tampons since the majority are re-usable and you don’t dispose of them after the first use.
  • Menstrual cups have been here for a while. The first commercial usable cup was patented in the US in 1937!
  • Cups are more and more seen as a solution to menstrual hygiene management in low-income communities for women and girls since some cups are re-usable for many years making them more cost effective than buying pads and tampons

 

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