Dear readers, I know that talking about female genitalia is always awkward. Today I feel compelled to educate you, my adoring fans, about the best development in menstrual technology. Ever. The menstrual cup.
Menstrual cups have existed for a century, but they have never gained widespread popularity. Until the internet came along, it was difficult to find these cups, as they aren't available in your typical aisle of feminine products at the grocery store. Now, a search for menstrual cups will lead you to many different manufacturers (including the Keeper, Mooncup, Lunette, Divacup, Fleurcup, etc.).
I bought my Divacup a few years ago and have been preaching the good news about menstrual cups ever since. I really believe it has improved my quality of life. However, when people ask me about how it has made my life better, I struggle to answer. The few friends I have convinced to get one agree that they are awesome, but also struggle to convey precisely how.
Menstrual cups definitely save money - I paid $35 for my Divacup in early 2007, and haven't spend a dime on menstrual products since. And they save a TON of waste! These two points are awesomely depicted in this graphic that I stole from the Divacup website.
Although the monetary and environmental aspects are what initially attracted me to menstrual cups, they are not why I rave about them. In many ways I feel freed from my period with the menstrual cup. I only have to empty it twice a day. I never have to remember to bring or buy supplies. I don't worry about it becoming visible in tight pants or a swimsuit.
But even more difficult to explain to people is how it has changed my attitude towards my period. Before, I dreaded my period and was miserable the whole time. Having to think about it less and being able to monitor it more easily (most cups have measurement markings) have made me feel like my period is just another way to mark the passage of time rather than an evil force to be reckoned with.
The Mighty Jungle
11 months ago