Written By: Oni Espada
1. Think of all the money you’ll save!
OK, yes, the initial price point of a menstrual cup can seem to be a bit high. However, when you factor in the cost of tampons, pads, and pantyliners you use in a year, the investment pays for itself within a year. Your mileage may vary, but here’s an estimate based on a heavy flow.
Qty 21 tampons & 7 liners
Qty 50 for $9
6 boxes/year = $54 year
4 boxes/year = $16/year
Panty liners $16
240 year = $40 year
2. They are far more sustainable and a whole lot closer to zero waste than what you’re using now.
I mean, take a look at the financial breakdown above; we’re talking about 300 tampons, 104 panty liners, 240 pads a year. We’re talking packaging, boxes, plastic strips, and, I didn’t even factor in the extra toilet paper you’d be using.
3. No more unknown chemicals in or around the hoohah.
Not too long ago, we had to take the tampon manufacturers and the pad manufacturers at their word, trust them blindly that they were using materials that were good for us. I mean we’re sticking these things inside of us and they’re in there for hours. Of course, they’re not going to be riddled with chemicals right? Right?! Well, we know that is not true thanks to honest brands like Lola, who have exposed the ugly truth.
With a menstrual cup, you don’t have to worry about any of that: They’re made of health grade, non-absorbant silicone. Very easy to wash and easy to store. Clean it with a mild, non-fragrance, non-colored soap with some warm water, dry off, and store in the breathable pouch. Mine came with one, not sure if they all do.
4. The cramps and flow get better.
One of the things that I have read from other menstrual cup users is that once they started using the menstrual cup they started experiencing milder cramps and lighter flow. They credit this their body adjusting to no longer dealing with all the extra stuff I mentioned in #3.
5. It’s so comfortable, you’ll forget it’s there, or that you’re even on your period!
Seriously, this has happened to me on several occasions. Thank goodness I always wear a pantyliner! Generally speaking, there’s bound to be some leakage. It’s all the more surprising when it happens after you’ve been going about your day.
Ok ok ok, so Disclaimer.
Everybody's body is different. Different cups will fit different people differently. Personally, I went with the Diva Cup brand straight out of the gate. My reasoning being that I’ve only known of menstrual cups because of this brand, and I’ve heard of it most of my life so I’m sure they know what they’re doing. There are other options, so don’t hesitate to look around.
Bonus tips for getting your first menstrual cup:
Depending on the brand, there will usually be 2 sizes to choose from: Small and Large.
This sizing is based on the circumference of the cup, althouh I have seen some sized by flow. Choose Small if you’re in your 20’s and havent had a baby, Large if you’re in your 30’s or have had a baby.
I highly recommend it. Good luck, and happy menstruating!
TIPS FOR USING A MENSTRUAL CUP
– Wash with warm water and a mild, gentle soap.
– Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before you remove it. And, of course, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
When you’re dumping it out in a public restroom, make sure the stall has a lot of toilet paper; You will need to wipe your hand up before you get to the sinks to wash off
** Extra pro tip, go to the handicap stall, they usually have their own sink.
– While sleeping, be sure to still use a pad or pantyliner depending on your nighttime flow.
A FEW MENSTRUAL CUP SOURCES