Information about menstrual cups has spread like wildfire in the natural communities, and more and more women are making the switch. What’s not to love? It’s a one-time investment so you don’t have to keep purchasing more product, saving you money. They don’t have health issues associated with them as do tampons. You reuse the product instead of throwing it away, giving a significantly lower environmental impact. Overall, menstrual cups, after a very short learning curve, are the menstrual solution our foremothers dreamed of. This hasn’t persuaded everyone, though, so let me share a few reasons I love menstrual cups you may not have considered.
- Since I always have my menstrual cup and can reuse it, I never again will have to ask my husband to make an emergency midnight run to the store. I admit to having done this back in college. He is a good sport and gladly went, but I can now save those requests for more important things … such as chocolate, or condoms, or chocolate and condoms. (You can compost condoms, by the way.)
- I will never have to walk through a store with feminine hygiene products in my cart as a small person LOUDLY asks, “Mommy, are you on your period?” I also won’t make the teenage guy at the counter blush as I walk through his line with four children, feminine hygiene products, and a pregnancy test.
- There are no products masquerading as stickers in the diaper bag for my toddler to take out, peel, and proudly paste to herself or my back. Neither are there any fun poppers for said toddler to expel while I’m not looking. It does not, however, prevent said toddler from removing the cup from the bathroom drawer to drink pretend tea as I get ready in the morning. It’s cute and disturbing but in the privacy of our own home.
- Never again will I chase a dog as he runs into a room full of guests with his prized possession that he hunted down in the bathroom trash can. Lovely husband to the rescue, again.
- Lastly, if ever we are faced with a zombie apocalypse, I won’t have to worry about finding feminine hygiene products or risk capture by zombies due to a telltale menses. Who knew menstrual cups were actually a form of zombie defense?
For more on switching to reusable menstrual products, see Making the Switch to Reusable Menstrual Products.
Photo Credit 1: Adapted from squiddles