I first heard about menstrual cups many years ago but completely disregarded them because they seemed like the weirdest thing EVER. I thought only hippies used them. Little did I know, fast forward a couple years, that they would become something I depend on during “that time of the month.”
What is a Menstrual Cup?
According to good ole’ Wikipedia: A menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of flexible medical-grade silicone, worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid.
Benefits of a Menstrual Cup
I recently wrote a blog post about toxic chemicals to watch out for in feminine care products, and safer alternatives to use. Basically, a lot of conventional feminine products actually contain ingredients that are not so safe! That is one of the reasons why I switched to primarily using a menstrual cup (I still use organic tampons on lighter days), but also because:
- It’s way better for the environment and creates zero waste
- You can wear them for 12 hours at a time
- Holds 3x more liquid than super tampons can absorb (menstrual cup holds about 30 ml, super tampons absorb about 10 ml)
- Saves you a ton of money over the long run because you don’t have to buy products each month, it’s reusable
- They rarely leak (if leakage occurs it’s likely because the cup wasn’t inserted correctly)
- They are super comfortable (sometimes I forget I even have my period while wearing one!)
- You have virtually zero chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) because blood is collecting instead of being absorbed (unlike tampons which pose this risk as they can change the bacteria flora of your vagina)
- More convenient to use the restroom while wearing a cup (TMI?)
- Women have even said that using a menstrual cup alleviates bloating, cramps, and even shortens periods
Confessions of a Former Diva Cupper
I first started out using the Diva Cup, which is probably the most popular menstrual cup. I do not dislike the Diva Cup at all, but Hesta Organic sent me their menstrual cup to try and I have since then switched for a few reasons:
- It’s slimmer and taller, so it’s easier to insert/remove and feels more comfortable
- It’s more flexible than the Diva Cup
- Comes in two sizes: Regular (30 ml) and Large (40 ml)
- For comparison, the Diva Cup (Model 1) holds 30 ml
- Designed and manufactured in the USA and is a smaller company that I trust and support
- Made with medical-healthcare grade silicone: no latex, plastic, BPA, dyes, or chemicals
How to Use and Clean Your Menstrual Cup
It takes some getting used to, but is sooooo worth it. If you want more info on how to use a menstrual cup, check out this video. Let’s just say you might have to get more familiar with your anatomy 😊
Hesta also has some great tips on their site for ways to insert and clean your cup.
I recommend cleaning it with Dr. Bronner’s castile soap after each use and then at the end of your period, place in boiling water for 10 minutes. Avoid using harsh or scented soaps as those can wear down the silicone or cause irritation when you wear it.
Make the Switch to a Menstrual Cup
Interested in trying one out? Code ORGANICALLYBECCA saves you 10% off the entire Hesta Organic site. I truly do love mine and feel so much better about my period, and especially love how I’m helping out the environment!