Menstrual cups. I’m gonna preach this one until my face is blue. There’s a weird stigma around them but they are honestly one of the best products I think you can own as a woman. Our periods are not going anywhere and the menstruation cup seems to make my little monthly occurrence just a little bit better. Here’s three reasons why the cup can be great for you too!
1.) It Saves You Dolla’ Dolla’ Bills
For a one time fee of around $40, you will never have to buy another damn box of tampons or pads again.
1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $12CAD = $3,039.60. That’s a lot of money spent on pads and tampons.
You only have to have use the Diva Cup for less than four months to make your money back. I’ve had mine for 2 and a half years now and I have saved $360. Buying tampons every month is an annoyance as a woman. It sucks already that we need them in the first place and paying for them makes the entire situation that much worse. So… my number one reason to switch to the Diva Cup this month is that it saves you money!
2.) You’ll Help the Environment
“The average woman uses roughly 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. The time it takes for a tampon or pad to degrade in a landfill is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it, particularly when wrapped in a plastic wrapper or bag. In addition, the process of manufacturing these products – turning wood pulp into soft, cotton-like fibres – is both resource- and chemical-intensive.” TheGuardian2017
I honestly just feel better about myself knowing that I am not making any waste while I am on my period every month.
The Diva Cup in particular is made out of medical grade silicon, making it an extremely durable product with no risk of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) either.
On a side note ladies, have you ever found yourself needing to change a tampon?…and to your alarm there is no garbage in sight. And to your dismay you are now wrapping a used tampon in toilet paper and carrying it around in your purse in hopes of locating a garbage outside the bathroom? What kind of a horrifying, bullshit situation is this? This doesn’t happen with a menstruation cup. You empty it out into the toilet, rinse out with the sink or dump and wipe out with some toilet paper… reinsert and you’re on your way. Never find yourself carrying a used tampon in your purse again. Ever.
3.) It’s Lower than Low Maintenance
Wake up… empty the cup… do you day… empty again before bed…sleep. That’s all there is to it. Tampons are a constant reminder throughout your day that you are on your period. Another irritating thing about tampons is that you have to REMEMBER to bring them with you everywhere. The cup is always in you wherever you go, so that’s pretty awesome.
In addition, I am a swimming instructor and while using tampons, I always find them to absorb some of the pool water… yuck. With the cup I don’t have this issue anymore.
It’s satisfying knowing that you don’t have to worry about anything about your period ALL DAY, no matter what activity you get up to.
Can you have sex with the Diva Cup?
Uhm.. that’s a no. The Diva Cup specifically is not made to be used for sex. However, let me recommend another product, known as “Soft Cup”.
You can find these disposable cups in the tampon and pads aisle. These cups are not reusable, but are advertised to be able to be used during sex. If you and you partner aren’t the period sex type, why not give it try? Many people say that their partner can feel the cup during intercourse but that it does not feel uncomfortable in anyway.
Where can I get one?
You can purchase a Diva Cup almost anywhere. They carry them at Shopper’s Drugmart, Walmart, Health Food Stores and most pharmacies. You can even find them in stores like MEC.
Does it leak?
My Diva Cup has leaked once, and I am sure it was because I did not insert it properly. I used my cup for the first time on an airplane lavatory on my way to Asia and to my disappointment, I found that it had leaked after my first use. But I did not give up!!! Ever since this one incident, I have had 0 issues with leakage. This is great because in highschool, when I was using tampons and pads, I was worried I was leaking through my pants every two minutes. Tampons have leaked on me more times in one day than the menstruation cup ever has.
Where do you empty it?
I prefer to empty my cup in the shower when I wake up and before I go to bed. I don’t always get my hair wet every time I shower, I just simply pop in, wash my body, and empty the cup. If I have a sink readily available, I will dump and rinse in the sink. If I happen to be in a public washroom, I will often dump the menstrual cup into the toilet and wipe out.
How do you clean it?
Besides just a normal rinse with soap and water, if you find your menstruation cup gaining a stain to it, you can set it in a a bowl of water and hydrogen peroxide. This will make your cup look brand new again in about a day!