An Ode of Love to My Menstrual Cup

Hi everyone,
Today’s post is about something we – as women – use on a monthly basis
for an average of 38 years in our life. I am referring to hygiene products.
If you are a man, please don’t leave. You may learn a bit and tell your female friends, wife or daughter. Hey, come back!
Women usually have choices between tampons and pads. But do you know there is a very cheap and SO MUCH SAFER option out there?
According to statistics, women use about 45 billions of pads per year. Can you imagine the environmental footprint?
Regardless its gigantic impact on our planet, let’s talk about the toxicity of tampons and pads. 85% of cotton hygiene products contain glyphosate, a cancer causing herbicide. Here some reading for you.
Our vagina wall is especially absorbent during that period of the month so you may consider safer alternative options.
Here are some:
  • Organic cotton hygiene products but it doesn’t reduce the ecological impact.
  • Reusable pads made of washable cloth like Lunapads. You may be concerned about comfort and discretion.
  • The champion of all is certainly the menstrual cup. It is made of medical silicone.
I have been using menstrual cup for a year and half. I got mine in France. I wish I discovered it before we moved to China. Don’t take me wrong, I loved and will always cherish our time there. There are lot of pros and few cons – but major ones. Like food safety. Or when it comes to cosmetics.
So needless to say, I was more than reluctant to use locally produced options. Loading my suitcase with tampons and pads was very tempting. But I had to make a choice; there could be only one winner

formula and skin care products for the babies
or
tampons and pads for mummy
Honestly, it was a Cornelian choice. But as a mother, you do weird things like changing your priorities. Everything that matters you as a women fades in the background. Your entire world turns around your child.
Anyhow …
What can I say about the menstrual cup? It’s eco- and purse-friendly. Mine costed me around 20 Euros. It lasts as long as you don’t see any cut or change of consistency of the surface. Then you should replace it. I bought two but I have been using only one ever since. The cost has been amortised long ago.
Here is an informative video that helped me to understand how to insert it. 
Contrary to the reusable pads, the cup is of low maintenance. I wash and sterilise it at the beginning of every cycle. You sterilise it in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes. Depending of the brand, the cups needs to be emptied every 8 hours on average, more often on heavy flow of course.
When I need to empty it, I wash my hands properly. Then I empty it into the toilets. And finally, I wash the cup with cold water. You don’t need any soap. If you wash it with soap, it can unbalance the pH of your vagina and you surely don’t want that. Remember your cup has been sterilised by you and your vagina is clean. Your flow is also clean. So why bother more than necessary? 
On intense flow days, I play it safe and use an organic cotton panty liner.
Here are pros I can see every month:
  1. It is very discreet.
  2. It is very comfortable, you don’t feel it!
  3. It is economic.
  4. It is safe for you; it is made of medical silicone.
  5. It is environmentally sustainable
Here is the only con I can see:
  1. It’s public lavatory unfriendly.

But it’s like with tampons anyway. Your hands have to be super duper clean. In public lavatory, you have to open and lock the toilet door. Not very clean here, nope nope. And then you have to wash your cup after you emptied it. Not easy to face the other women in the washbasins area, expressing their disgust. There is a real work on the society mind-set to do, I agree.

Many women would say the cup is not IUD compatible. Well, it is compatible. Trust me, I use both. But truly the cup is not compatible with rough manners. I mean, don’t remove the cup by pulling it on the stem if you have an IUD, you know like a bully.
Your uterus contracts when you have your period and it may evict the IUD. So with or without the cup, if the IUD has to leave your body, it will.
Here is an article from the Huffington Post for further cons. I honestly think the lady didn’t find the cup that suits her. And let be real, she is not ready for the change, she is clumsy and she needs maths tutoring. How many months will the 40$ be amortised if she keeps using pads and tampons?  
Have a nice day.