The Cup Chronicles:: Taking Control Over Your Cycle
One blog a month…is it even fair to ask, where does the time go? I mean I’m only trying to keep three little humans alive…no big deal.
If you follow me on Instagram, you are already aware that I’ve been using a menstrual cup for the past three months. This has been an interesting transition with wonderful benefits that I can’t wait to share with you.
A Typical Period For Me
I feel like I can’t share with you an accurate point of view till you understand my backstory. My periods are relatively normal and easy to predict. I usually have slight cramping, a lot of bloating, and crazy cravings. I have a pretty moderate flow, nothing completely uncontrollable…there you go, it wasn’t too awkward.
Tampon and Pads Saga
In high school and college I wore tampons, but in my old age, I have found granny panties and pads are much more my style. But in the hecticness of mom life, pads were cramping (
no pun intended) my style. After some serious research I came to realize that pads (and tampons) might not be the best option for my body. Tampons and pads are made from bleached rayon using chlorine. I don’t believe those are chemicals that need to be up close and personal with my lady parts.
Personally, I will have around 450 periods in my lifetime. I feel like that’s the perfect reason to invest in my body and to only choose quality, non-toxic materials during my period.
Now, I’m not the greenest person and I’m not going to pretend to be. But over 45 billion period related products are thrown away every year. And since those products collect human waste, they aren’t considered recyclable. That’s so much waste that could easily be reduced.
Yes, there are organic chlorine-free pads. But those babies are going to cost you. They average $6.99 for 42 pads. Organic cotton pads don’t necessarily have the absorption that “normal” pads have, so you use a few more. Using the math that I did earlier, I would potentially spend around $1,600 on pads during my lifetime…don’t tell my hubby.
The Lena Menstrual Cup
Okay, okay, I will stop ranting on pads and give you a solution. I am loving my Lena menstrual cup.
Is using a menstrual cup easy…NO. There is a HUGE learning curve involved in figuring out what works for you. Many factors go into finding the right cup – it depends on if you’ve had kids, the layout of your cervix, and the flow of your period.
Inserting the cup can also be a challenge. There are multiple different folds, and it is critical that the cup “pops” open once inserted, so your fold must be pristine. I am a fan of using an all natural lubricant to help you insert. The insertion method that works best for me is standing up, leg on the toilet, and using the punchdown or “C” fold with some help from the lube. I am able to wear my cup for 12 hours (even while sleeping)…how awesome. And yes, when it comes time to dump and reinsert it is messy and resembles a murder scene, but I feel like it’s completely worth it.
- Take the quiz from Put A Cup In It.
- Wear a pad/panty liner for the first cycle.
- Relax and breathe. If you are tense, inserting the cup will be challenging.
- Don’t get discouraged when you leak.
- Yes, you can pee and poo with the cup inserted.
- No, I don’t feel it.
- Your hubby might think it’s gross or weird (just show him how much you are saving).