Introducing: The Menstrual Cup! – Irish girl reacts

Eadaoin Fitzmaurice

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The menstrual cup has arrived!

Lets be honest, discussing “that time of the month” is something we tend to avoid at all costs. However, it is a natural thing that happens to every woman on the planet, why should we feel ashamed?

Tampon Tax is causing uproar -Eric E Castro
The tampon tax is causing uproar -Eric E Castro

Recently there has been uproar over the tax attached to women’s sanitary products, such as sanitary towels and tampons. Fear not ladies, The Circular has a solution! Introducing –  The Menstrual Cup, also known as the diva-cup, the moon-cup or the organi-cup!

(To watch our video review, scroll down to the bottom!)

What is the menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup is a small silicone cup that has been invented to replace disposable sanitary products. Unlike pads and tampons, the menstrual can be used for a number of years and as a result is saving women a huge amount of money.

The menstrual cup -menstruationstasse.net
The menstrual cup –menstruationstasse.net

So what are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to the menstrual cup, here are some of our top picks:

(1) Positive impact on the environment:

Tampons and pads are a one-trick-wonder, and are manufactured to be disposable. This is causing huge amounts of waste and is harming our environment. Some tampons and pads are not bio-degradable, even those that are can take up to six months to break down. The menstrual cup causes no waste as it is reusable and just requires a splash of water before going again.

Photo Credit - OrganiCup.eu
Photo Credit – OrganiCup.eu

This graph shows how many pads and tampons on average women use on a monthly, yearly and 10 year basis. In a woman’s 10 years, the amount of sanitary products used can amount to the height of the Eiffel Tower if stacked on top of each other. You could use 3600 pads and tampons in this time, or just one menstrual cup.

(2) It’s healthier for your body:

Tampons and pads are designed to absorb, menstrual cups are designed to collect. Tampons and pads can contain harmful chemicals such as bleach, chlorine, perfume, lotion and glue. These chemicals can interfere with with your body and cause irritation and dryness. They can also disturb your natural pH balance and cause problematic inflammations such as bacterial vaginosis or Toxic Shock Syndrome. Menstrual cups are made with silicone, which is natural, anti-bacterial and super hygienic.

(3) Making things simpler:

For us women, having periods is stressful! We have to remember to have a fresh packet ready to go for each cycle, we have to remember to take them to school or work with us and we also have to remember to change them regularly. The menstrual cup simplifies all of this. It comes in its own special little bag, which makes it easy to transport and you only have to buy it once. The cup typically, only needs to emptied out twice a day so you can carry about your day without having to do a bathroom run on the regular. You can use the cup when you are sleeping, playing sports, swimming and the best part is no leaking!

(4) It’s economical:

As we said, in 10 years women typically use about 3,600 pads and tampons. In this time, if used correctly, only one menstrual cup is required. We spend a huge amount of money on pads and tampons, especially with the tax on them being so high. On average a woman will spend up to €600 every 10 years on sanitary products. A menstrual cup on average costs €24, that is a saving of €576!

Photo Credit: OrganiCup.eu
Photo Credit: OrganiCup.eu

How does the menstrual cup work?

The cup is very simple to use. Simply fold the cup in half, insert and go! Once inside, the cup will unfold itself and the suction cups on the rim of the cup will hold it in place. The cup can be worn for up to 12 hours, during this time it will fill up. When emptying, simply pour out the contents, give it a rinse and then re-insert.

So.. this all sounds great, but what’s your HONEST opinion?

I get asked this question all the time. Honestly, I think that it is a great invention, however, it does really take some time to get used to. When I first got my cup it was bigger than I had expected in size and that scared me a little bit. I found it quite uncomfortable the first few times I used it but as the days went on my body became a lot more comfortable with it.

It is a very different method to using tampons and pads, where you can just throw them away and not think about it. With the menstrual cup you are conscious of exactly how much or how little you bleed during your cycle. However, it is important to understand how your body works and to be comfortable with its natural habits.

I did find it a big change and there was a point near the beginning that I thought I would dis-continue my trial run, but I’m glad I stuck it out. Apart from the adaptation process, there are so many more pro’s than con’s to the cup. A few cycles in, it will be second nature to you, just like other sanitary products are to you right now.

Here is a video review:

So why not give it a go and see what you think!

To learn a bit more about the menstrual cup, or to purchase one visit the link below:

OrganiCup – The menstrual cup of the future

 

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Eadaoin Fitzmaurice