I love talking about my period.
I don’t love having my period, but seeing as it happens every three weeks, I think I should blimmin well be able to speak about it.
One of my favourite things to talk about is how much I love my Mooncup. I purchased it from good old Boots, with a voucher I had been given for my birthday. Some people might think that’s a pretty flippin’ odd thing to buy with a birthday voucher and maybe it is. But the fact remains that I haven’t had to spend a penny on sanitary products since I got it, so it was really more than an investment than a gift.
Now I personally thought the menstural cups were a fairly new development, as they were never offered to me as an option when I first got my period. In reality the first menstrual cup was invented as early as the 1930’s. The more recent advance is in the upgrade from rubber to surgical silicone. This allows women with latex allergies to be able to use them with no issues. The barrier for a lot of women back when they were first invented and probably still now, is how to empty and clean the cups discreetly.
I personally haven’t found this to be too much of a problem. I am lucky in that at my workplace, each toilet cubicle has it’s own sink which allows for easy disposal and cleaning. At home my sink is right next to the loo but I generally prefer to empty it in the shower if I have the choice. It does kind of look like there’s been a murder as it all gets washed away, but it’s worth it to know you don’t have to be delicate about it.
Inserting and removing a menstrual cup takes some practice- there’s definitely a knack to it! It helps to remind yourself that it can’t travel upwards forever and that relaxing really does help, even if it is easier said than done. Once you’ve got the hang of it it’s really okay and not terrifying. I thought getting up close and personal with your period would be a bit cringey but it’s not any worse than tampons and it’s kind of interesting to see how full it gets at different stages. Also when you’ve got it in right, it’s easy to forget you are even wearing it, unlike pads and tampons sometimes.
So I kind of skipped the part where I should have said why I decided to try menstrual cups. I was doing a lot of travelling and I liked the idea of never having to be caught out without the right equipment. Menstrual cups reduce the amount of different products that you need and how often you need to change them. That alone was enough of a selling point for me. They cost around the £20 mark, so think about how quickly you will start to save money!
I believe that menstruation is a a very personal thing and women have enough regulations put on their bodies, but the environmental impact is hard to ignore when there are greener options available. Menstrual cups and reusable pads are the way forward in my opinion. There are even period-proof underwear that claim to be able to hold a couple of tampons worth of blood. Us ladies just need to chat more about it so people can find the right product for them and not be frightened of getting up close with their periods.
The technology is there and still being invented- let’s use it!