So now a few cycles into using menstrual cups...
HOLY SHIT THESE HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!!
First cycle was kinda hard working out how to get mine folded, comfortable, open, no leaks and how to take them out. But thanks to the magic of you tube worked it all out. And now it seems like the most natural thing ever, I love it!
I brought a few cloth pads at the same time as well to use in case of leaks and teething issues and would also highly recommend.
10 reasons switching to a menstrual cup has made my life better:
1)no more buying tampons or pads ever again
2)So much more comfortable, I never really liked the feeling of wearing disposable pads, they kinda got hot and sweaty and totally gross bloody, just generally unpleasant. I also disliked wearing tampons, I could always feel the darn things, like they would be properly positioned but the dawn string. I could always feel the darn strings. Plus there was always some leakage so I'd have to use a pad anyway.
3)able to monitor my flow so much easier. A little period blood looks like an indeterminate amount, unless it's neatly held in a cup 😊
4)showers and baths actually nice when I'm on my period. And no more oh shit I bled on the towel, and having to put it through the wash prematurely.
5)no more period smell paranoia in public
6)so much more convenient, everything you need to manage a period is on (in) your person the entire time. I hated always having to plan where I was going that day and how long and pack the appropriate 'sanitary items'
7)it's better for the environment! I'm no longer contributing huge needless quantities of slow to break down crap into landfill. And no more chucking used sanitary items in those (super gross usually blood stained) sanitary bins in public bathrooms
8) I get frequent opportunities to save the day when friends and colleagues are in need of a pad or tampon helping me to slowly whittle down my (small) stock of sanitary supplies that I will NEVER use again if I can help it. With the one exception of post partum but I would need to buy new stuff then anyway
9)it has improved my sex life. Like it really actually has. I don't feel gross and non-sexy on my period. And period sex doesn't result in making it look like a crime scene. It makes more of a difference than you'd think.
10) maybe it's all of the above adding together, but now I just feel normal on my period. I'm not distracted throughout the day by thinking or worrying about my period : am I leaking? is it time to change a tampon? what clothes colour can I wear just in case? Do I smell? Shit I feel unwell did I leave a tampon in too long and am getting tss? Did I bring enough sanitary items for __? etc.
I am definitely a convert :)