As someone who travels extensively and loves the world, using a menstrual cup just makes sense. I am aware of the world I am living in, as well as my impact on it. I want to be sure that impact is a positive one, and using a menstrual cup is just one way to do that. Along with caring for the earth, I also care about what I put into my body and have found their are chemicals that can cause harm in almost all our beauty products.
While researching chemicals that are in our products, I came to realize just how dangerous tampons and sanitary pads were. I was appalled that the products I had been using each and every month since I was thirteen could be harming me. Initially, I transitioned to chemical-free organic cotton brands, such as Natracare and Organyc, both of which I would recommend, but I still felt it wasn’t the best option available. That’s when my cousin told me that she had been using the Diva Cup.
While I had heard about the Diva Cup on countless occasions, I couldn’t wrap my head around the way it worked, and honestly, putting a silicone cup inside of my body initially intimidated me. I began to look up videos explaining how to use it and eventually found myself heading to Whole Foods to purchase one.
Even though I was a bit weary of the process, I found I adapted to the cup quite easily, and all of my worries were washed away. It took a little bit of getting used to, but nothing as nightmarish as I had imagined. It was easy to use and clean, and a welcome change from my old period routines. Within my first use, I was already raving about it to all of my friends. Now, I am finally ready to let you all in on my secret. There are many reasons to switch to a menstrual cup, and these are just my five.
It’s Better for Your Body
Even before I became a vegetarian and yoga teacher, I was on a mission to find products that were better for my body. Now, I feel this even more, as I truly am able to see that my body is my temple and it’s all how I take care of it. Unfortunately, tampons and pads have chemicals in them that aren’t good for our bodies, and it can be especially dangerous with tampons. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are made from healthcare grade silicone and are free from chemicals and dyes, making them safe for your body. There is no risk of toxic shock syndrome and you can leave it in for twelve hours at a time, which means only having to worry about it twice a day. Honestly, this is probably the most important reason to switch to a menstrual cup.
It’s Better for the Environment
Through travel, I have been able to see how diverse and beautiful the world I live in is. Humans have been destroying the earth for years and female hygiene products are only part of the problem. Still, each month when women have their periods, they are throwing away multiple tampons and pads each day. These products are often wrapped in plastic, making them cause double the damage, and it takes years for these disposable products to decompose. Think about how many you use in a month, a year, a lifetime…it adds up. But, with a product that helps eliminate our carbon footprint, women can be part of the change in how we affect the environment and world around us, paving the way for others to make a difference as well.
It’s Cost Effective
Saving money on feminine hygiene products means there’s more money left for travel. This is a good enough reason on its own to make the switch. Initially, $40 may seem like a lot of money to spend on a personal hygiene product, but in the long run, it’s not all that much money. Think about how much you spend a year on tampons or pads, add that up and you’ll realize it’s much more than $40. Menstrual cups are reusable, you won’t ever have to worry about running out of it, and you’ll save yourself some hard earned cash that you can put toward your travel fund.
It’s Ideal for Travel
Speaking of travel funds, a menstrual cup is an ideal travel buddy. I have taken my Diva Cup away with me on several occasions and have always found it super convenient. On my cross country road trip, it was ideal because I could be in the car all day long and not have to worry about my period during our travel time. While travel to some countries can be a bit more difficult, especially with the water situation and cleaning out your cup, it’s still better than being stuck somewhere where it’s hard to find tampons or pads. While pads may be a bit easier to find, there are many stigmas against tampons, making them more difficult to get in certain countries and regions. With the Diva Cup, you know you’re always covered no matter where you are or how long you’ll be away. Gone are the days of packing a huge supply of sanitary products.
Before using the Diva Cup, I hated having my period, but after switching, I feel empowered by it. There’s something that has changed and I know others who use a menstrual cup have felt it too. There’s a better understanding of your period and its purpose and a new-found respect for your body. When you’re only dealing with your period twice a day and able to see and understand the process a bit more, it’s hard not to be in awe of what the female body is capable of.
Because this is a topic that I feel very passionate about, I often tell my friends and family members about making the switch. I immediately discover that most women have never heard of the product and then they are quite hesitant to use it, just as I was. The feminine hygiene industry does a really good job of convincing us that pads and tampons are the way to go, but if we really want to make a difference in the world and our bodies, it’s important that we look into making the switch.
Diva Cup is not the only option out there, I’ve also heard great reviews about Moon Cup, and there are a ton of different brands made and available all over the world. Don’t be afraid to make the switch, I promise you won’t regret it.
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