Pads are the most common period supply women use in dealing with our menstrual cycle. But as a coming-of-age lady who’s been dealing with it since 2012, I finally got tired of it and decided to switch into something new. And I never knew menstrual cup would be the game changer in dealing with this monthly war-like ruckus in my belly.
3 years ago, I took a leap in dealing monthly cycle with my new bestie: menstrual cup
As I pen this down, I wanna share with you the things that just make sense when I finally switched into using menstrual cup. These things validated all my worries and doubts before switching from pads to cup. And these reasons made me wanna keep using my bestie forever. Every month, I mean.
My wallet screams “freedom!”
When I was still doing my research, the price of FDA cleared and Medical Grade Material menstrual cups are quite costly. It ranges from ₱900 to ₱2,000, depending on the brand, products included in the kit, and materials used.
But that was just a one-time-expense because after that, I never worried about my budget for pads, unlike before that I still have to allot a specific amount for the cost of my mestrual supply.
Less odor, holds more and sits still
One of my concerns about menstrual cup before switching to it was its stability when worn and reliability in holding blood. These worries went into dust when I started using the cup.
It can sit there for 6 to 12 hours before I remove the cup and clean it. No leaks since day one even if I have days with heavy periods. My mind blew at the absence of bad blood odor as cups form an airtight seal when inserted.
Plus, I can comfortably engage in physical activities like working out, cycling, and even swimming with a cup on! Will you ever be comfortable doing that while wearing a menstrual pad? Not for me. But with a menstrual cup, yes!
Safer and sustainable
Some women use tampons in addition to pads, but some (and not all) tampon fibers can irritate the vagina and create openings for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can lead to infection and Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare but life-threatening condition. This doesn’t sit with menstrual cups as cups collect blood rather than absorb it.
And in my three years (and counting) of using my bestie, I’ve never had a single scratch or irritation that could lead to possible symptoms of TSS. It’s because of religiously following the proper steps for cleaning, using, and storing the cup after use.
Of course there were also cons in using the cup, especially when I was just a newbie cup-user. At first, it was tough to insert and remove it—it took me an hour in the shower on my first-ever menstrual cup insertion. But these days it’s just a slip-and-go thing. And don’t even ask me about the removal because it’s messy!
A lot of fuzz are still roaming about menstrual cups. But as someone who first-handedly experienced its prowess in dealing monthly cycle, I can definitely testify that menstrual cups are game changers!
Pat is a flexible and outgoing woman willing to explore new things that captivate her interests. This resonates with her love for literature, animals, fashion, technology, visual arts, nature, and music. She's eager to write about these topics among others.