5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup You Probably Hadn’t Considered

5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup You Probably Hadn’t Considered

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.

  1. Natural Parents Network: 5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup You Probably Didn't Think OfSince 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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Mandy O'Brien is an unschooling mom of five. She's an avid reader and self-proclaimed research fanatic. An active advocate of human rights, Mandy works to provide community programs through volunteer work. She is a co-author of the book Homemade Cleaners, where simple living and green cleaning meet science. She shares a glimpse into her life at Living Peacefully with Children, where she writes about various natural parenting subjects and is working to help parents identify with and normalize attachment parenting through Attachment Parents Get Real.

31 Responses to 5 Reasons to Use a Menstrual Cup You Probably Hadn’t Considered

  1. Melissa  

    Hilarious! I love my cup for all these reasons and more! 🙂

  2. Kim Barrett  

    You’re right. I hadn’t considered theses reasons. I don’t have young children in the house, anymore, but I have two adult daughters who’ve been balking at getting menstrual cups. I must tell them about the zombie defense reason!

  3. Sarah

    I prefer mama cloth personally.

  4. Wendy

    Umm…you should probably NOT compost condoms (see above reason #1 link) if said compost is used to feed your edible plants. It would be much safer to keep the latex (a petroleum product) OUT of your FOOD…perhaps use it for landscaping mulch instead?

    • Liza

      Latex is not a petroleum product. It is made from the sap of the rubber tree.

      • Dionna  

        “There are two types of latex – natural rubber latex and synthetic rubber latex. Natural rubber latex is obtained from the milky fluid from a rubber tree called the Hevea Brasiliensis. Natural rubber latex should not be confused with synthetic rubber (for example, butyl or petroleum-based). Synthetic latex is made from petroleum and does not contain the naturally occurring proteins found in natural rubber latex. Synthetic latex materials include: polyvinyl chloride (vinyl or PVC), nitrile rubber (acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers), and polychloroprene known by its trade name, Neoprene.”

        See http://www.premiersafetyinstitute.org/safety-topics-az/latex-allergies/latex-allergy-prevention/

  5. amelia

    So true. But as for #4, you may end up chasing a cat around who has found a fun toy on the side of the the tub. True story…..poor little diva cup with puncture wounds all over it.

  6. Jennifer R  

    I use cloth pads for all those reasons, plus I don’t have to shove anything inside me. My periods are super short and light and I’m approaching menopause anyway so it wouldn’t be worth it to switch now.

  7. Amy

    I love my menstrual cup! I have been using it for at least 3 years! It makes life so much easier! I have a very heavy flow and it works so much better than tampons ever did. I still have to have a pad for back up, but I use so many less of those too. I recommend it to all my friends!

    • Lissa

      Thank you for your comment. I have been looking into getting one for myself and have the same issue. One day of utter HELL. Looks like I’m getting one for sure now.

    • Megan

      I love my cup as well! I didn’t even know about them until I read about them on a camping website and I am so glad I got one! I also need a pad for back up, but I would be lost without it…

  8. Sarah

    These are all good reasons for switching to a menstrual cup.

    A reminder though, that it is recommended that you replace your menstrual cup once every 10 years or so. While they don’t last a lifetime, spending $30 once a decade is far cheaper than $15 a month.

  9. Mandy Too

    Ten years? I thought it was every year or two. I also get panty liners still because my Diva Cup leaks a bit but saves a whole lot more. Someday I hope to get cloth liners too… or just make them out of fabric scraps…

  10. Rose

    Question, (because the funny post didn’t really answer any), I used to love, love, love tampons, but a birthing injury resulted in them being super painful. TMI, but even the bleeding is painful (there’s nerve damage). Would one of these work? I really hate diapers, um, I mean pads.

  11. Annabelle

    I’ve been using a cup since my cycle returned last year after my third child and the only thing I don’t like is that I’ve only had it for a year!! It’s reassuring to know that I’m also protected in a zombie apocalypse.

  12. Julie - Comfy Cloth PADS

    I have not tried reusable cups, but I totally agree that reusable is the way to go! I did try disposable cups a few years ago but they were horrible. Maybe I need to buy a cup from my store next month. After all, one can’t be too careful about zombies!

  13. Beth

    I have a diva cup but I can’t use it, it makes me cramp every time! I think I need a shorter cup. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • Lauren  

      You might try fiddling around with how you insert it — deeper or more shallowly, turning it to see if a different angle would work. I didn’t have the cramping issue, but in a particular spot, it makes me feel like I have to pee!

    • Mamajules

      Try inverting the Diva cup – flip it inside out. That shortens it and it seems to help.

    • T K

      My diva cup does give me cramps if there’s too much of a vacuum. I try to let it open completely before fully inserting it.

  14. Sally

    Ok, I am terrified of something getting stuck in there but have had painful experiences with tampons. Is there a “how to” for using these?

  15. Eddy

    Camping… This would be so handy for you women that like to camp…

  16. LikeDuh

    sticking fingers up there when it’s free flow is like leaving a wound open to infection. make sure it doesn’t get infected, i mean, when a kid scrapes his knee after biking, you would want to cover it up and not expose it to too much shit. like duh. cup on! stick them dirty nasty fingers in! we need some to de-evolve!

    • Mandy

      First of all, menstrual flow is nothing like the blood flow which comes from a an open wound. It is the sloughing of excess blood and tissue which is not needed during a woman’s cycle. For more information regarding how a woman’s fertility actually works, Toni Weshler’s book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, is an excellent resource.

      Secondly, proper personal hygiene is of importance to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or any other discriminating factor. Using soap (no need for antibacterial soap which is no more effective at cleaning and can actually result in stronger bacteria) and water and washing hands while for at least 20 seconds is very effective. Everyone should wash their hands prior to preparing food, eating, performing any acts of personal hygiene, whether that involves menstrual flow, taking care of a wound, or others, and after touching anything which might make their hands “dirty” or “nasty”

      Knowledge is power, and by informing ourselves of facts rather than spreading fear and misinformation, we can empower our world.

    • Crunchy Con Mom  

      Ugh. I dont even use menstrual cups, but I’d say 1) my fingers aren’t nasty-there’s this cool new invention called soap that I highly recommend, and 2) there is no broken skin when you are menstruating, which makes the wound analogy a complete fail.

    • Mandy

      I also think there is a pervasive misogynistic attitude in our society which perpetuates many falicies in an attempt to shame women from being comfortable with their bodies, their sexuality, and themselves.

  17. Kayla  

    What is that orangish cup? Looks neat.