If you tune into any natural living news at all, you’ve probably heard of the period cup or menstrual cup. This squishy hollow boob-like device is cited to be a more environmentally conscious tool for period maintenance, as it generates no monthly waste and can be reused. Because tampons and pads are not subject to ingredient labeling or even required to be sterile, the cup also has the potential to be a healthier alternative to traditional women’s sanitary products.
I first heard about the period cup on Facebook, and the draw was immediate. They are made of soft medical grade silicone, don’t absorb natural moisture from the vagina, reduce landfill waste from other period products, and would ideally need to be changed less often than traditional tampons. Not to mention, menstrual cups have not been associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
After much internal debate (I never have been one to particularly love change), I began reading more about these weird looking but potentially amazing little buggers. Here are my thoughts:
Look how cute it is!
Oh goodness, am I a sucker for the tiny little things, and this thing is way smaller than I imagined it would be. It’s so cute and squishy and soft. I mean, I haven’t felt it just yet, but it totally looks super soft and squishy. I feel like Dory meeting a baby jellyfish for the first time.
Image via Belly Belly.
Wait, how do I get it up in there?
It goes up in there. Got it. How in the world am I going to do that? Right, let’s just watch 5 tutorials on YouTube, become thoroughly confused, and then absolutely freak out that I’m going to let go while putting it in and snap my vagina like a rubber band.
Ohhhhh, it’s silicone… right. Okay, no rubber band snapping.
This is still going to be tricky, and…
Omg, I’m going to lose it up there!
What if I finally am able to get this thing in there and then it decides to be like my shorts every summer and ride up and up and up. I don’t know how to handle this thing catching the vagina train all the way up to my cervix! Or worse, what if it’s more like my leggings in winter sliding down, down, down?
Well, maybe there are different sizes. There have to be different sizes for this thing.
Are there different sizes?
Saved! Yes, there are different sizes. That’s the best news I’ve read yet, but seriously why the fuck does everything have to be pink?! Why can’t I find an electric blue one or, even better, fire engine red!
I have to clean it in public.
Alright, so say I get it in, haven’t lost it, somehow haven’t dripped blood all down my hands in the process, and wear it successfully for a few hours. Now how do I clean it? Am I supposed to remove it, pour the contents into the nearest toilet, and then walk out into the communal hand washing area to clean it and re-insert? No? A bottle of water or a quick wipe down will do? Gotcha.
I’m skeptical there won’t be a slippage issue, though. This is way more complicated than I initially thought it would be. Or maybe I’m just completely indulging the “I hate change” part of me. Hmmmm…
Anxiety – 1, Me – 0
After 10 articles and 5 YouTube tutorials/reviews, the anxiety showdown ends with it the winner, so what am I to do now?
Buy the thing and try it out, of course.
>> Read more about the benefits of the Menstrual Cup on Belly Belly.