Considering The Menstrual Cup
by Briana Harry
If you’re anything like me, periods can be a bit unpredictable. When I first started my period, as a youngin’, I struggled so much with a heavy flow and severe pain that I got on birth control very early. I’ve been on the pill ever since because I just can’t imagine going back to that. The pill has been pretty great for me, overall, though I still had what I guess is considered on the heavier side of flows. Well, it was ‘had’, but now it’s back to ‘have’, which brings me to my current curiosity.
Thankfully, my periods are nothing like they were when I was a teen and having “heavy days” for as long as 7 days straight. Now, I’ll have heavy days maybe 2 days of a period that lasts 5. That’s a huge difference, but if there’s still a way to make this easier and more comfortable for me, why wouldn’t I consider it?
I’m a pad girl. I use tampons only on certain occasions or under dire circumstances. I must say, while I’m thankful to live in an era with more affordable options of organic, all cotton, menstrual products, the amount of money spent on these items per month just feels so unnecessary. I like spending all my money on food, and pads have been cutting into my dinner budget! So, the menstrual cup seems like the best bet. While they run up to 30 to 40 dollars, the reusable, silicone or rubber models can last up to ten years.
Other pros of switching to the cup is its ability to mask that smell that blood tends to take on as it hits the air. This doesn’t bother me all that much, but it’s a nice touch. Better than that though, is being able to keep them in for up to 12 hours. The sleep gods thank you.
If you’re anything like me, the cup is a good option. The cons just don’t outweigh the pros enough for me to not consider this. Yes, clean up can be messy, but that’s okay with me. I can handle that if, in return, I’m getting more comfort, less changing throughout the day, and saving coins! I gotta make the switch. If you haven’t already, you should consider this too!