A few months ago, I told you about the Nicaraguan crisis and how it has awakened my environmental awareness. Since then, I’ve been making small changes in my lifestyle in order to live more sustainably and produce less trash. I switched from dispensable makeup wipes to reusable ones and even bought a set of stainless steel straws to avoid using plastic ones. Also, I’ve gotten used to carrying a canvas tote bag to avoid using plastic bags when shopping. However, the biggest change I’ve made so far is (finally) trying the menstrual cup.
As you may know, the menstrual cup became a huge trend a few years ago, but like many other women out there I was still somewhat reluctant to the idea of it, until a couple months ago. That’s why today I want to share my experience with you, in case you are considering making the switch or simply curious about the subject.
In the beginning, the idea of a menstrual cup seemed to me as something completely awkward and unnecessary. When some of my closest friends switched to it I asked them why, why on Earth would someone want that? They all seemed to agree that it was much more practical than regular pads, less dangerous than tampons, and overall a more eco-friendly alternative to both.
At that time, both arguments sounded absurd to me. First, because I have been using pads for over 18 years without any issues or complaints. Secondly, because the whole environmental thing seemed like some ridiculous young-millennial thing. Honestly, it felt like an exaggeration. What difference could a few pads a month make to the climate change situation anyway?
As it turns out, this whole crisis has made me see many things in a different light. More than anything, I have learned not to underestimate the power of the little things. I’ve learned that even the tiniest actions do add up, for good or worse, to a much larger picture. This lesson also applies to environmental issues. Yes, maybe a single menstrual pad is not a big deal, but just think how many do you use on a monthly or yearly basis and then multiply it by the number of women in your city, or country. So that’s basically why I decided to finally give the menstrual cup a chance.
I bought my cup on Amazon, using prices and reviews as my main guidelines. I ended up choosing the Dutchess Cup because it had the “Amazon Favorite” badge and I tend to trust those the most. Though I do regret not being a little more thorough with my research. As it turns out, I later learned that there are more “beginner friendly” cups, such as the Lena Cup. But I decided to give the Dutchess a try anyway.
Another thing that worried me about using the cup was the hygiene. I knew I was supposed to submerge it in boiling water for 10 minutes in the beginning and at the end of my period, but I wasn’t sure how. I finally learned that the easiest way was to boil water and then pour it into a ceramic mug (that I’ve now designated just for this) and then submerge the cup. During the rest of the cycle, I wash the cup with soap and water after emptying it, every 4 to 6 hours.
As for the placing itself, I followed the instructions that came in the package. It is uncomfortable at first, but if it’s placed correctly you are not supposed to feel. Pretty much like a tampon. I didn’t experience any leakages, but I was a little harsh while removing it the first couple of times. As a result, I was oversensitive on my second day and kind of panicked, so I decided to stop using it until the next cycle. The following month, it was a much easier experience. I successfully completed the cycle without any leakage or irritations.
I really am glad to have given the menstrual cup a try. Although I never really had any complaints about using pads, now I can see what my friends meant. It’s very liberating not to depend on them. Not to mention that in the long run, I’m starting to generate less waste and save money.
So if you’re considering to use the menstrual cup, all I can say is that there’s definitely a learning curve but it’s worth it. It’s possible that it may take you a few attempts (or even a few cycles, just like me) before you get the hang of it. However, the more research you do, the more tutorials and reviews you check out, the easier it will be.
I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below to learn how you feel about the menstrual cup. As always, thank you so much for being here and may the force be with us. Until next time!