5 things EVERY woman needs to know about menstrual cups
Posted July 27
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You should know that I am always looking for an opportunity to tell my lady friends about menstrual cups. It's one of those things where the timing has to be right (you can't just spring a menstrual cup conversation on people out of the blue) and yet, I want every woman to know about it. Because, you guys, this really changed my life. Because of the menstrual cup, I actually don't dread periods anymore (except the cramps and the PMS — if you have a solution for those, let me know). So, are you ready for your life to change?
What is a menstrual cup?
First off, you need to know what a menstrual cup is. It's a bell-shaped silicone cup that you insert into your vagina to collect the menstrual fluid.
It's not new. In fact, it was invented in the 1930's. However, its popularity hasn't spread until recently.
How is it inserted?
The cup is flexible so you can bend it into a shape that's easy to insert. Once inside your vagina, it opens up into its original shape.
Initially, it may be hard to figure out how to insert it. (The first time, I got comfy with Netflix on my phone while I battled with it.) But once you figure out the technique it's as easy as anything.
What makes it so great?
You guys, everything. For example:
- You forget you’re on your period
- You save a whole lot of money
- You learn more about your body
- You don’t have to use the secret girl code to get the goods
- You don’t have to go to the store
- You don’t have to make a special trip to the bathroom
- It’s good for the environment
Honestly, this is not even a comprehensive list of all of the positives.
What are the consequences?
People worry about it getting lost inside their vaginas — it won't. People worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome — that's not a risk. (This may sound too good to be true, but it is true.)
Just remember to wash your hands and to clean your cup between each period with boiling water or menstrual cup cleaner so you don't get an infection.
Where do I get one?
I bought mine on Amazon but they're starting to pop up in stores as well. I recommend:
Now that you have this knowledge, go forth and live your best life.
Melinda Fox has a Bachelor's in English and is a member of the FamilyShare content team.