A month or so ago, I was scrolling through Facebook and a friend of mine had shared this link. I had been thinking about getting a menstrual cup for a while, so the offer of a free one (only pay shipping) was too good to pass up. Technically, it’s not a Diva cup – I just like alliteration.
It’s funny how much stigma still stands when it comes to menstruation. Even in writing this, I found myself questioning if people would find it gross or weird for me to talk about. But honestly, get over it. When 50% of the population of this planet experience something painful, uncomfortable, and just generally shitty, I think it’s time to start talking about alternatives.
According to New Zealand Geographic, nearly 96,000 tonnes of waste from sanitary products goes to landfill every year. Every month, we use and throw away products that are single use, non-recyclable, and even endanger our bodies through TSS. A menstrual cup is an environmentally friendly option, removing the guilt from a natural process.
I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first. There were so many bold claims made, that I thought they couldn’t all stack up. Safe and easy to insert – can’t be felt when worn – easy to clean – 12 hours of use – no leaking. It was everything I wanted to make my life easier, and more sustainable, but it seemed to good to be true.
SPOILER. It wasn’t. It’s just as good as it claimed.
Yes, they can be expensive. At $30-40 each, they’re a bigger investment to begin with than pads/tampons. But they can be used for years. The New Zealand Herald estimated the costs of a woman’s period as $35.43 per month. While they were very liberal with their estimates (including sanitary products, treats to combat cravings, new underwear, and pain relief in their total), I don’t think they’re that far off. Every month, periods cost a lot of money. So why not buy one item you can use for years?
Convinced yet? No?
So you think it’s gross. Honestly, I’ve found walking around wearing what’s essentially an adult diaper, or putting a wad of fabric inside me, more uncomfortable.
Essentially, the choice is yours. But I hope that for the sake of the environment, and removing stigma from a natural process, everyone will at least give it a try.