What is a menstrual cup?
It’s a small silicone cup, which is folded up and inserted like a tampon. It collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing, can take you through 12 hours of the day and lasts up to 10 years, as it’s reusable. As Ella who just bought a cup recently said, "Look, it's like a tampon but your beaver actually likes it!".
Isn’t that gross?
Nah! What’s gross is having to chuck your period away every 4 - 8 hours. When we are using disposables, we just accept how annoying and gross it is to use them. What’s also gross is how much tampons and pads cost (bloody ridiculous!) and the chemicals that are in them, and how up to 35% of what they absorb is your natural juiciness, not your period. Cups are just sometimes considered gross because they aren’t as common as disposables. People currently have a loyalty to pads or tampons just because they are used to them, not so much because they love them. It’s that simple.
But how do you get it in?!
A menstrual cup folds up to the size of a super tampon. All you need to do is fold it up, insert it so it’s just inside your vagina (lower than a tampon) and hey presto - you and your beaver are sorted. We know it looks intimidating. When you first see a pic of one, the first thing you may think is how the f** does it go where?! We thought this too at first too! But, when you realise that it goes super small and larger things than a cup have possibly been involved anyway ;) it’s no dramas. FYI tampons are dry as they absorb, menstrual cups are silky smooth so they glide in with ease.
Okay, so that might be alright, but that sounds messy and difficult?
Nope. It’s one of those things - when you first start, you’ve got to learn how to use it. Would you say riding a bike was easy? Inserting a tampon? Downing one too many wines on a Friday? These are all things that you may just consider easy now, but, at the start took a little practice - then you totally nailed it and are so glad you did (well, the wine you were glad about at the time anyway!) With a menstrual cup, it will take you a couple of goes to master the right fold and get the hang of it. But, then, hello no mess and easier period life for the next 10 years.
But what about playing sport or doing handstands on my lunch break?
Can we let you in on a little secret? It’s actually better than tampons and pads. You don’t notice the cup is in, it’s not going to go anywhere and it holds way more than disposable period products too (2 - 3 times as much as a tampon) and it doesn’t absorb half the pool when you are swimming. It also forms a seal inside you, all in all meaning, no leak for shark week.
Well if it’s so good, then why isn’t everyone using one?
Good question. It’s because the humble menstrual cup has been shafted for almost 100 Years. Why? Because it’s a disruptor - there is less money in the industry than in tampons and pads (as people need to re-purchase tamps/pads every month) and, cups pose a massive threat to the money changing hands there. The sheer $dollarbills$ involved has meant that multinational conglomerates like Energizer (yes, the battery company) now own tampon companies.
The marketing budgets are therefore huge and have been comparatively so since 1931, when the first commercial tampon was patented. Because of this, we as a society have just got super used to accepting that the only ‘real menstrual products’ are ones that are the ones you see on billboards and the ones you chuck in the bin.
Anything else, understandably then seems ‘other’,‘weird or ‘worse’, simply because it’s different. In actuality, the paradigm is the opposite and menstrual cups tick every box. And, people are starting to realise this…
Yas, I'm in!
So, go on, we dare, you - give a cup a shot - join the hundreds of thousands who have made the switch. It’s something you won’t regret. They revolutionise lives. Big claim, we know. So, why do people get culty about them? Frankly, menstrual cups are better for you, your wallet and our environment too. When did you last hear someone raving about a tampon?
|🍒 Makes periods easier|
|🍒 Saves you $thousands$|
|🍒 You can't feel it|
|🍒 Easy to use|
|🍒 Up to 12 hrs leak free freedom|
|🍒 Saves 2500 disposables from landfill|