Clicked away, yet? If you haven’t tried a menstrual cup, you’re probably a little skeeved just by the title. But if you can get over the ick factor, take a minute to read on.
I like to think of the menstrual cup in the context of evolution. Talk to your mothers and grandmothers who lived through the era of the gartered maxi, a veritable couch cushion of pad that they wore five days out of the month. Ask them how they felt when they discovered tampons.
That Eureka moment was probably tempered by a wee bit o’ fear. Will it leak? Will it hurt? Will people know? They quickly got over it when they figured out that when wearing a tampon, they no longer had to waddle.
After years of rags, pads and tampons, the menstrual cup takes one giant step forward for womankind: For 12 hours a day you can forget you have your period. That’s how I feel about the menstrual cup. After years of rags, pads and tampons, the menstrual cup takes one giant step forward for womankind: It doesn’t leak, it doesn’t hurt, nobody knows, and for 12 hours a day you can forget you have your period.
Plus, since most are made from silicone and used for at least a year, the menstrual cup is the most sustainable option for your monthly. Yes, you can get organic cotton tampons and pads, but you still have to throw them away, right?
Here’s how it works: In the morning you empty and replace the menstrual cup. At night you empty and replace the menstrual cup. In between? You don’t think about it at all.
Seriously. You can walk, jog, do Pilates, yoga, whatever (trust me, I put this baby to the test)—it does its job, even upside down. I like the DivaCup, but there are dozens of different brands out there that you can try.
C’mon, ladies—get over it. This is the new frontier!