Today more and more women are opting for the silicone menstrual cup as an alternative to tampons and pads and there are plenty to choose from, but what exactly is a menstrual cup?
I first heard of the menstrual cup while living in Sweden. Back then I was barely working and money was tight. Something as essential as buying a box of tampons and daily pantiliners was making holes on my small budget and was beginning to feel like a waste of money, so I began to look for a cheaper alternative.
I came to be aware of the menstrual cup through a video review for the Diva Cup.
(The video is in french)
I was instantly seduced by how body-friendly it seemed. Contrary to pads and tampons, a menstrual cup collects your periods rather than absorbing it and because most tampons and pads are typically laced with additives and chemicals such as bleach, glue, chlorine or perfume and thus being in direct contact with your vagina walls it can cause PH unbalance and lead to skin irritations and dryness.
Based on that reason alone I acquired my first menstrual cup in 2014, and ever since I became a Mooncup girl I’ve never looked back!
It was pretty tricky to get used to it at first. From day one, I was very comfortable wearing it but the insertion step required more getting used to, so did the taking it out. I often pushed it too far and kinda had to “dig in” to pull it out. However I didn’t give up and now I have a swift and smooth technique for both in and out!
Today I own two Mooncups, which makes it easy to switch and wash though I tend to keep them separate, one in my handbag and one at home.
It has truly changed the way I live my menstruation and view my body during that time of the month. I remember dreading and hating the arrival of my periods. Nowadays it has become as banal as a beauty routine. I know I can trust my Mooncup and knowing that I am doing no harm to my body makes me feel great.
Another feel good aspect of the menstrual cup is since the blood is being collected directly inside of my body, there are no more odor problems. My skin and menstruation blood are no longer “resting” on the pad which can cause an unpleasant smell since it becomes exposed.
In a way, using a Mooncup has helped me reclaim my body and ingrained the notion that periods are something natural and normal, and we women don’t need lavender scented pads or tampon to mask it. Periods are not dirty!
It is also very “reassuring” and funny to realise that the amount of blood I actually loose during my period is a far cry from what I use to envision…
…something straight out of The Shinning. lol
Last but not least, the menstrual cup has a low impact on the environment, which is always a great criterion to look for on a product.
On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in a landfill or in the sea. (http://www.mooncup.co.uk/)
In addition to my Mooncup, I’ve recently purchased new washable, re-usable organic bamboo pantiliners. It can also be used during your periods. I got mine from an Etsy seller called: EcoHearted
They are so well made and soft!
Note: I find it best to wash them by hand or on a gentle cycle. I used to own a pair from a different brand which shrank considerably when I washed them in the washing machine.
I was told that these ones from EcoHearted, would not shrink though but they are so pretty and fluffy I won’t take the risk 🙂
Trying to live a sustainable lifestyle ultimately comes down to choice. Not every woman will feel comfortable using a menstrual cup and that is ok, but there are alternatives that are environment-friendly and body friendly we can consider.
We live in times where knowledge is accessible at the tip of our fingers. Just by doing a bit of research we can make a difference to better our lives, the lives of others and protect our planet. So why not?