So obviously no one really likes getting their period. Let's face it, except for when you jump for joy when you get it because you realize you aren't pregnant when you don't want to be, they suck.
I especially don't like them because I turn into the absolute worst person in the world when I get my period, my ex can attest to that, and on top of that they are SO insanely wasteful...or were, I should say. I used to go through a box of Organic cotton tampons per month. Organic tamps and pads are still better than non-organic ones, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want pesticides in my hoo-ha, but thanks to a gift from Alden, author of the blog Ecocult, I now know there is a better, less wasteful option: a menstrual cup.
A menstrual cup is a medical-grade silicone cup that you insert into your vajay-jay, where it collects blood throughout the day. You only have to empty it once or twice per day into the toilet, rinse it with some castile soap, and re-insert. I cleaned it and inserted it right before work, once when I got home, and then again before bed. There was even a night when I kept it in all day until bed time and it was absolutely fine, no leakage whatsoever! Oh, and another great part? Unlike tampons, you don't have to remove it every time you go to the bathroom, it just stays put!! To remove you just tug on the little silicone “string” at the end and it comes right out.
(Disclaimer: there is a weird suction cup sound that happens when you do this which was pretty funny and weird the first time, but you get used to it.)
Best of all? It is a one-time $40 investment that yields a waste-free period for about ten years.
Let’s look at the economics of a menstrual cup …
39.99 x 1 purchase for ten years = $39.99
Organic cotton tampons:
$7.00/box x 2 boxes/month = $14.00/month x 10 years = $1,680
For a net savings of: $1,640
Using a menstrual cup pays for itself after THREE MONTHS. I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot of things I could use $1,640 on.
So let me make this short and sweet: Menstrual cup good. Buy it. Use it. Your life will be easier, periods less gross, and life a lot less wasteful.