Today’s post is for all mah ladies out there!
A little over a year ago, I had a strange epiphany that tampons are extremely wasteful. Not to mention their applicators are pieces of unnecessary plastic that will forever litter our earth, tampons themselves are wasteful as well. When you think about the amount of women there are on this planet, and then put into consideration the amount of women who menstruate… It’s crazy that we’re still using tampons!
So after having this realization while I was zoned out in one of my classes back in college, I decided to do some research for a solution. I quickly came across the DivaCup, which I had heard about but never in my life considered actually using.
For anyone who doesn’t know what the DivaCup is, it is debatably the most popular menstrual cup on the market. If you don’t know what a menstrual cup is, it is a “type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood).” They are reusable, so not only are they good for eliminating waste, but they also save you some serious cash as well!
Why had I never considered using such an eco-friendly (and animal friendly, no animal testing!) product? It’s because before that moment, I had always considered period blood gross. Why? Honestly, because society had told me to think it’s gross!
After having yet another epiphany that menstruation blood is not gross and that it’s natural and nothing to be ashamed of, I felt EXTREMELY passionate to ditch tampons and start using a DivaCup.
Let’s back track for a sec tho. Why are we made to believe that something that happens every month to half of the population, something that is RESPONSIBLE FOR US BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE LIFE, is gross?
I wasn’t exactly raised to have a feminist mind, not that my mom raised me to not think in a feminist way, I just think that feminism wasn’t on the agenda during my childhood. Honestly, feminism wasn’t something I really dove into until about 2 years ago. Yep, I was a vegan long before I considered myself a feminist. I look back on that now and think that’s crazy!! (Plus, if we think the genders should have equal treatment, then we’re already feminists! 😉 )
ANYWAY, feminist rant over, I ordered my DivaCup online and anxiously awaited its arrival. When it came, I was probably more excited than receiving a new pair of shoes in the mail.
I read up on how to use it, and when my period came, I tried it out!
I definitely had some difficulties inserting it the first 10 times or so, but I had read that soon you’ll get so good at using it that you’ll be able to do it without even really thinking about it.
They were right, soon it became so easy to use that I couldn’t believe I had ever bothered with tampons before!
One of my FAVORITE things about a menstrual cup is that it can be worn for up to 12 hours. I have never been a pad person, just a personal preference, so I’d always wear tampons to bed and somehow miraculously wake up 6 hours later to go change it in fear of TSS, and then try to fall back asleep. Having to wake up every night 6 hours into your sleep cycle for a week is never fun, so it’s amazing that I get to sleep the whole night without even thinking about getting out of my warm, cozy bed (the way sleeping should be!)
Alright so as much as I loved my DivaCup, I had one problem with it. It was waaaay too big for my personal preference! If you see below, the DivaCup is one of the largest menstrual cups out there.
What that means is that there really wasn’t much room for it, so it was constantly poking its way out of me, especially when I would be walking. Bless my wonderful boyfriend Jon, because if he got a penny for however many times I complained about my DivaCup poking me, he’d be rich. (And he’d better share his loot with me because I’d be the reason he was rich, after all! 😉 )
So, it was time to find a smaller menstrual cup.
I wish I could say that this idea came to me all on my own, but it was 110% Jon’s idea. (He even once offered to gift me a new menstrual cup because he hated hearing me complain about how big my DivaCup was, oops!)
After doing some, okay, a lot, of research, I came across what is now my new period BFF, the SckoonCup!
First off, IT’S SO CUTE!!!!!
The cup itself, the packaging, the soft travel pouch it comes in, it’s all adorable!
Initially, it wasn’t love at first sight (or rather “try”) though. It doesn’t open up as well as I found the DivaCup to, so I had a good amount of difficulties trying to actually use it. But once I learned it’s cute petite ways, we became BFFs ASAP.
Seriously, I love it. Not once have I felt that AWFUL pressure-loaded poking feeling during my period. Not once! And I’m used to feeling it for a whole damn week out of each month!
Also, you get to choose which color you want. As you can already see, I chose a lovely teal and I really enjoy the festive-ness of the color!
It also stays SO clean. The material is def different than that of the DivaCup’s, and it REALLY stays all sparkly and pretty.
Let’s break it down. Reasons why I love my SckoonCup:
- You can’t get toxic shock syndrome
- It saves you SO much money on tampons
- It’s way more convenient than using tampons
- I get to stay cozy in bed all night without having to get up during my period (BIG bonus right here)
- It saves our dear Mother Earth from being littered with even more tampons and applicators
- It’s made in the USA baby!
- Made of medical grade silicon, no more sketchy non-organic cotton all up in ya!
I feel like menstrual cups just recently got HUGE. Like I got my original DivaCup, and then I swear 10 other girls that week told me about theirs. It’s one of those things that once you experience the miracles of a menstraul cup, you feel so passionate that it’s all you want to talk about. (Kind of like how I am with my dogs! Sue me, I love dogs, okay?)
So if there’s anything you get from this semi-long post about menstrual cups, it’s that YOU NEED A SCKOON CUP IN YOUR LIFE!
ALSO, we should not be afraid to talk about our periods! It should be as common as stating that we have a headache, or that we have to pay a credit card bill. Plus, like I very forcefully stated before, it’s basically the reason for all life so let’s stop feeling so ashamed to talk about it!
I’M OUT, have a great night all of you lovely folks! ❤ ❤ ❤