I was first introduced to the concept of menstrual cups in 2010 at Reading Festival and I thought they were disgusting. I think part of the reason I had this initial reaction was due to the fact that I had also just learnt what a Sheewee was. My brain couldn’t comprehend all of these revolutionary products!
Fast forward six years and I’m trying to convert anyone who menstruates.
During a particularly rough period last year, I started to think about different sanitary items. I was older, less grossed out and suddenly the idea of a menstrual cup consumed me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. “It goes up.. my vagina? And just holds the blood?”. My curiosity got the better of me and I finally ordered a menstrual cup. After a few cycles, I felt really stupid for not trying one sooner.
After a recent conversation on Twitter, I decided to share all the ways this revolutionary menstrual product has transformed my periods in hopes that I can help anyone who hates theirs.
.@Catstello and I will convert every menstruating twitter user to the menstrual cup if it’s the last thing we do. ???✨
— Kαthy d. Cℓαrk ✧ (@laceandwhimsy) January 30, 2016
They’ve made periods easier to manage
One of the main reasons I hated my periods so much was down to the products I was using. Tampons are the devil (that’s a post for another time) and towels left me feeling dirty. As you’re in danger if you wear either for too long, I needed something I could wear without the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Enter the menstrual cup.
A menstrual cup holds more than a tampon does. Tampons can hold anything from 6 mls-18 mls depending on the chosen absorbency and the menstrual cup I use (a Mooncup) can hold 28.8 mls to the rim. Although it can take a while to get used to, you can go as long as 8 hours without changing your cup (depending on how heavy your flow is). This means changing less and feeling more at ease when you’re on your period; something I thought I’d never be able to experience. Menstrual cups have dramatically improved my periods by making me feel safer and cleaner, sometimes I even forget I’m even on my period.
Menstrual cups empowered me
Using a menstrual cup has forced me to become more in touch with my body and I’m so unbelievably grateful for it. Think about it; in order to insert a cup, you have to put your fingers up your vagina. When I was on The Pill for years, I was so disconnected from my flow and my body. Now I no longer experience an artificially regulated cycle, I am more in tune with my body. There’s nothing more empowering than learning about your body and embracing the changes it goes through.
They’ve made me more period positive
A bad period prompted me to start using a menstrual cup and after a few months I couldn’t believe the difference. Using a better product and freeing myself of extra hormones, I started to realise the correlation between birth control and my mental health. Over the last year or so, I’ve started to realise how much I need a period and in turn this has made me view my periods in a completely different light. A positive one.
I became obsessed with my period, thanks to the menstrual cup. I am fascinated by the changes my body goes through and how much they empower me. I definitely became a lot more certain in myself when I started menstruating again. I also became more clued up on sexism and how much we’re period-shamed. I genuinely do feel better after each period, what’s shameful about that?
The moment I realised how absurd period shaming is, I vowed never to stay silent about menstruation ever again.
Thanks menstrual cups, you made a period positive Queen out of me.
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