Quite a long time ago, I wrote a post about switching my “feminine protection” (that phrase constitutes an entirely separate post) to the menstrual cup, Lunette. For some strange reason, that post has disappeared. Or maybe I never wrote it in the first place. Who knows.
Anyway, today I’m revisiting that topic after more than a year of use.
In December of 2011, I decided after several weeks of research that I was going to give this thing a try. First, I spent a month using the SoftCup, to give myself time to get used to using something that functioned much differently than what I was used to. I also figured if I could use those for one cycle, I would be certain about making the major switch. For anyone wanting to try something different, I definitely recommend starting there–they are a bit more pricey, but since you use fewer (they can last up to twelve hours) the cost comes out all right. Additionally, though they are disposable, because you use fewer, fewer are disposed of…still better than pads/tampons.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. I finally ordered the size 2 Lunette (over 25/post-childbirth), because they can last up to ten years–so I figured, well, I’m 25, I might as well go ahead with that one. Bad choice (for me). It was just a bit too big, and quite firm with not too much give. I didn’t even try inserting it.
But I persisted! I re-ordered, this time in the smaller size (in a lovely shade of green). I got it in; it was a size that I perceived could certainly “fit”, and was also quite squishy with give. I’d read quite a bit on the best techniques for using it, and while I did wear a backup liner the first day, by the end of the second day I had it down. Easy to insert and remove.
Care of the cup: I usually change mine in the morning and at night–every 12 hours. I simply remove it, dump the contents in the sink or toilet, rinse, and reinsert. Yes, it does take a level of comfort to deal with your fluids…but it’s not like you’re really dealing with them. You’re just dumping them. It’s not a big deal. At the end of your cycle, boil or alcohol wipe, let dry, and store.
It’s now a year and a half later. In that year and a half, I have not purchased disposables once. I tended to forget to buy tampons, so I would consistently have an emergency run to the store each month–that also has not happened. I always have protection, I waste less product, and I spend LESS MONEY! I’ve been broke enough at points that that $7 box was almost out of my budget.
Additionally, I’ve even ventured into the world of reusable pads. I have just a few–enough liners to get me through the days that are so light flow I don’t even need my cup, and for the first day or so when I have cramps and don’t want to insert anything.
Reusables are addicting. Seriously. Even the most proper of ladies will feel like a dread-lock wearing hippie chick, all in touch with the earth and stuff. Yep.
So. What you should know:
- Because the cup is medical grade silicon, it has no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Tampons, which change the pH of the vagina, have multiple cases reported yearly.
- Cheaper. One $40 cup can last up to ten years.
- Convenient. No more store runs at midnight, and camping just got a whole lot easier…
- Environmentally friendly.
- Creates a sense of freedom and (dare I say it?) excitement about one’s cycle
- Comfortable–I can’t feel it at all!
- Not gross. Disposables are gross.
- I would also like to point out that reusables of almost any type can be donated to girls in developing nations, allowing them better access to education and work.
Finally, a link. This links to a “Why Switch” summary on lunapads.com. It covers most every aspect you can imagine.
I encourage you to make the switch to reusables–whatever flavor you may want to try. Cups, pads, even sea sponges–there is a plethora of options beyond what you can buy at the supermarket, almost all of which are cheaper, healthier, and more environmentally friendly.
Thanks for reading!