Oh my… today’s topic is a fun one! Brace yourselves, boss ladies, because we’re gonna talk about the big bloody elephant in the room: MENSTRUAL CUPS.
WHOA, WHOA, WHOA…
EVERYBODY BE COOL. Let’s all take a deep, cleansing, restorative breath. A menstrual cup (also sometimes referred to as a period cup) is simply a soft, flexible cup made of medical grade silicone. It’s hypoallergenic and you can easily clean it during and after your cycle, which makes it reusable for years to come.
The cups are environmentally friendly because they create no waste products that build up in landfills unlike tampons and pads. Hellooooo… ever experienced the unbridled joy of hiking or camping in the wilderness while on your period? How about a tampon string creeping out of your swimsuit at the beach? Not your problem anymore, boss ladies.
Once you get the hang of installing and removing them, menstrual cups actually help you feel cleaner during your period because they fully capture the flow of blood instead of absorbing it. They hold more than a traditional tampon, and if you can insert a tampon then you can easily learn to insert a menstrual cup too. In fact, many users report less cramping and discomfort when using a menstrual cup.
Lunette menstrual cups in particular come in a variety of colors and multiple sizes based on whether or not you’ve had a child previously and how heavy your flow is. They are adorable and make great eco-friendly party favors or even creative bridesmaid gifts, actually…
All things considered, menstrual cups are way more affordable than pads and tampons, are better for the environment, and you only need ONE cup (and maaaaybe a back up?) which frees up valuable space wherever you’ve typically got copious amounts of tampons squirreled away: your medicine cabinet, your boyfriend’s medicine cabinet, your already-stuffed-to-the-gills suitcase, your purse, your briefcase, the glove compartment of your car, and trash cans the world over.
When you’re in a public restroom, just remove the cup and empty the contents into the toilet, wipe it out gently with a bit of tissue, and re-insert. If you’re at home, you can go a step further if you prefer and also rinse the cup with hot water before re-inserting.
The BEST part of all? Since they only cost between $25-40 and last for years, you’re looking at an average annual savings of $100+ just from switching to a menstrual cup.
I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas– a community, a culture of vaginas. There’s so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them– like the Bermunda Triangle.
― Eve Ensler
$$$$ Menstrual Math $$$$
- 50-count box of Assorted Tampons typically lasts me for 2 cycles – $60/year
- 20-count pack of Extra Heavy Overnight Maxi Pads. You know the ones… the ginormous, 12″ long and half inch thick BRICK of cotton and weird dry weave material, conveniently enhanced with “flex-wings” that never quite stay put because they usually end up stuck to your inner thigh or folding in and sticking to themselves instead. All night it feels like you’re straddling one of those ridiculous pillow pets that all the kids have – $60/year
- Because even your period pillow pet will inevitably betray you, cue the unflattering but ultra comfortable granny panties – $20/year
- And let’s not forget a bag of Charlie’s Soap Oxygen Bleach – $16/year
TOTAL: $150+ Annual Menstrual Toll*
*Add to that annoyance or mortification when sharing a bathroom with a male significant other or siblings, combined with intense daily pressure to hide all evidence of your period from view, combined with the proclivity of some pets to dine upon or festively destroy used feminine hygiene products – PRICELESS
BUT HEY, DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT…
Recently a menstrual cup company by the name of Lunette reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try a sample. As I was already converted to using a Diva Cup, I asked Lunette to send me a few of their cutest menstrual cups and I would enlist my most skeptical girlfriends to try them out. And after plying the gals with liverwurst sandwiches and date milkshakes on the way to Palm Springs one weekend, they reluctantly agreed to be my guinea pigs. Or guinea vaginas, if you will.
These were the results and their feedback:
1. What word(s) would you use to describe your reaction to the idea of a menstrual cup when you first learned about it?
I thought it was insane and sounded gross/messy.
Sounded interesting. Wasn’t sure I would rush out and buy it, but was willing to try it.
2. On a scale of 1 to 10 please rate your Lunette menstrual cup compared to traditional tampons/pads. A rating of 5 would mean you rate traditional tampons/pads the same as the menstrual cup, a score of 6-10 indicates that you prefer the menstrual cup:Ease of insertion/use: 6Comfort of cup while inserted: 7Removal process: 6Feeling of cleanliness: 7Cramps, etc? 8
3. Describe your overall impression after using the Lunette menstrual cup for a week? Will you use it again?Yes, I love it. Sometimes hard to insert correctly, but great that you don’t have to remember to carry tampons, or fear leaking through them.Yes, in situations where carrying tampons/throwing tampons away in the trash isn’t the best option.I love it! I felt like I was part of a super secret girl gang. Yes! I actually am using it again right now.
6. Do you recommend the Lunette Menstrual Cup to other women?Yes! It’s so cost effective and easy to use.Hell yah! I’m telling everyone!Yes, love that it is so portable and I don’t have to try and discreetly carry tampons to the office bathroom. And the cup lasts for longer than a tampon, too.