Why I Switched to a Menstrual Cup

Why I Switched to a Menstrual Cup ~ Our Cozy Den

Okay men, just tune out. This one’s not for you. Ladies, we’re going to talk about that dreaded once-a-month visitor: Aunt Flo ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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After having my kids, my periods were crazy heavy and long.

Then one day, I read a blog post about the dangers of tampons, and an alternative out there – menstrual cups.

So I bought one, and I love it. Now I’ll never go back!

These are the reasons why I love it:

1. It’s cheaper.

Even with coupons, I was spending about $6-7 a month on feminine products. I bought my cup for $25. It has a shelf life of 15 years. Let’s do some math here: 15 years x 12 months a year = 180 months. $25 divided by 180 months equals 13.8¢ per month. That’s a HUGE savings. Some brands are even cheaper than the one I bought!

2. It’s healthier.

Tampons and pads are packed full of disgusting chemicals. I’m not a scientist, so I won’t get into the scientific details. Google it and you’ll find hundreds of sources telling all about it. Because tampons are not food items, they are not regulated the same way that our food is (though there is plenty of junk in our food as well). These chemicals are things you would never in a million years intentionally ingest. But put it into a tampon, and cozy it up to some of the thinnest, most absorbent skin on your body — inside your vagina. That spells danger.

3. It’s more comfortable.

With tampons, I just felt icky all the time. Sometimes they would leak all over the place, while absorbing very little. Even when they did absorb, they needed to be changed often. The cup can be worn for 12 hours, even while sleeping or playing sports. There was a little bit of a learning curve the first few times I wore it, to figure out how to position it. But once I figured that out, I never have leaks. I can’t feel it.

4. It’s more convenient.

Going on a trip? All you need to take is a tiny cup (many of which come with a fabric carrying case). Not a huge box of tampons or a large package of pads (or both). A simple cup that discreetly fits in even the smallest of purses.

If you don’t want to be surprised by your period, you can even insert it ahead of time, safely. No embarrassing surprises. Also, it is completely silent to use, so no more loud plastic packages opening in public bathrooms.

5. It’s green.

I can’t even calculate how many feminine products are piled in landfills. Something reusable is better for the environment!

 

So those are my reasons!

If anybody has questions, ask them in the comments, and I’ll update the post with FAQs!

5 thoughts on “Why I Switched to a Menstrual Cup

  1. The timing of this post is PERFECT for me!! I switched to mama cloth last year but I have still used tampons as well. I haven’t WANTED to ( because of $$), but I just haven’t spent the time researching or purchasing a cup even though I knew of its existence. 😛
    So, let me ask you a few questions….
    Can you swim with a cup in? How difficult is it to insert/remove? You REALLY only need one?! Do you have to rinse it out after each “change,” and if so, how do you do that in a public restroom?
    Thanks SO much!

    • Here are my answers to your questions:

      -Yes, I swim with it in. It is just as secure (even more so, in my opinion) as a tampon.
      -It took some practice to figure out how to insert it properly. Taking it out is super easy. Just squat a little, and grab it.
      -Yes, I only have one. I don’t see the need for another one.
      -I rinse it out if I’m at home, just a quick swish of water. In public, I just dump and wipe it with toilet paper. It needs to be changed so seldom, that I rarely need to do that in public. I love that it lasts so long, it makes being out and about during that time of the month so much easier. I clean it really well at the end of the cycle, with soap.

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