Menstrual Cup Review


I received a request awhile back to make this blog post and I just want to say that I love getting feedback and requests from you guys so if you EVER have anything you want me to write or talk about, please let me know! You can message me on any of my social media or send me an email at ashleeroach.business@gmail.com. If you ever have questions on minimalism, zero waste, or just conscious and sustainable living in general, please, please, please let me know! I love hearing back from you guys, it makes what I do so much more worth it. I was a little nervous to write this at first, but then came to realization that this is human body nature and if you think it's "gross" or don't like seeing the words 'period' or 'menstrual' or 'vagina,' then please close out of this as it will be of no interest to you.
So what exactly is a menstrual cup? It's a silicone cup you insert into your vagina and it collects menstrual fluid, rather than absorbing it like tampons. The menstrual cups are supposed to last up to nine hours without changing, but since every persons body is different, one may not be able to go as long without changing. Inserting the menstrual can be a little tricky the first few times - I didn't get the hang of it until about my fifth try. The box in which your cup comes in has instructions for inserting on the side if you're having trouble. You can use water-based lubricant if you need to, but stray from oil-based as the cup is made of silicone and the oil-based can help to deteriorate it. To remove it, grab the "little thing" at the bottom - honestly, I don't know what it's called and I don't think it has a specific name. It's important to clean it every time you remove it, so if you are going to be in public, be sure to have a bottle of cold water or thermos with plain hot water. When you take your cup out, just rinse it really well with water. I usually try to plan around all of that by checking it before I leave home so I don't have to deal with it in public places.

Honestly there are so many perks to this product. First, one menstrual cup is all you need and it costs about $40 which can seem a little expensive, but remember, they last for a really long time so it's money saved in the long run. I'd much rather pay $40 every 9-10 years than $120 annually. Secondly, with a menstrual cup, you're taking care of your body as well as our precious mother earth. Cups are typically made of medical grade silicone, and unlike tampons, panty-liners, and pads, cups do not contain bleach, artificial fragrances, or other toxics and chemicals that could cause discomfort and irritation to your vagina. Because it is made of silicone, you cannot feel it at all - trust me. It's wonderful. The menstrual cup is also reusable; you can use it over and over again which means there are less resources being used up every month. Another really awesome thing about the menstrual cup is traveling. If you're traveling to a foreign country for quite some time, you don't have to worry about packing enough tampons or pads to suffice the time you're there. All you have to bring is your menstrual cup and you are set! You also don't have to remove it every time you use the restroom, although, I do remove it and I do recommend removing it to keep things a little bit cleaner and it to prevent bacteria from sitting up there.

The menstrual cup comes in two sizes. The first size is for women who are under the age of 30 or have never given birth and then the second size is for women over the age of 30 or have given birth. You can buy a menstrual cup from quite a few different brands and you can also buy them in a  different selection of colors. If you are looking to switch to a menstrual cup, then I applaud you because it can be a little scary an intimidating at first but, trust me, it's a breeze and so worth it. Remember that knowledge is power and you can never do too much research. If you are looking to switch but are still a little unsure, I encourage you to do some further research. Even if you are 100% on board with menstrual cups, I still encourage you to do some further research. Looking up online reviews are always a great way to get more opinions on something. I feel as though women should feel empowered when it comes to their menstrual cycles. 

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