Why You Should Buy a Menstrual Cup

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  1. I've been using my cup for months now and we have become BFFs
  2. In case you don't know, a menstrual cup is made of silicone and is inserted in your vagina to collect blood during your period.
    My NCA nickname is Silicone Seal in case you were wondering but you probably weren't.
  3. It's reusable and lasts for ~10 years so you empty it once it's full with your blood and other goodies and just stick it back in.
  4. It's basically changed my entire life.
    This is not an exaggeration.
  5. Before I step onto my soapbox I would like to add the disclaimer that I am not a doctor and everything I say is based off of research I did before buying my cup and my experience with it.
    So basically everything I'm saying is a 100% subjective experience 🤘
  6. REASONS WHY MY CUP IS MY BEST FRIEND AND WHY YOU SHOULD GET ONE TOO
  7. 1) I only have to empty it 1-3 times a day depending on my flow
    THIS HAS BEEN LIFE CHANGING. I no longer have to keep track of the time to remember to change my tampon or count ahead to see if I need to bring back up supplies in case I'll be out later than expected. I usually empty it in the morning and around dinner time and it's perfect for me.
  8. 2) I never need to worry about bringing extra tampons or pads with me wherever I go
    This is good because I never need to worry about running out or staying someone later than expected. This is bad because now I don't have extra of anything in case a friend needs it. 😐
  9. 3) I haven't leaked once
    Is it too early to say goodbye to blood stained underwear??????????
  10. 4) It doesn't gross me out as much as I thought it would
    Ok I am really squeamish not gonna lie. But using a cup is like nbd to me. I hate pads because I feel like I'm wearing a baggy bloody diaper but tampons are bleached and filled with chemicals and can grow mold (!!!!!! vom dot com) and a cup is by far the best option. It was only messy the very first time I emptied it. After that it was no problem. In a way it forced me to get over my idiotic disturbances with my period because like it's my body ???? It's not gross ????
  11. 5) It only took me one day to get used to it
    It took me 15 minutes to get it in the first time. I couldn't fold it correctly and it really hurt and was super uncomfortable. I don't know how I did it, but once it was positioned correctly I couldn't feel it at all. Emptying it for the first time was a little messy and awkward because I didn't know what I was doing, but then getting it back in the second time took less than 5 minutes. Now it's in and out and back in within no time and I love it.
  12. Side note: I've heard horror stories about people not being able to get it out, but this has never happened to me. 🙌 I read that if you can't seem to pull it out you can push it out until you're able to grab it.
    This sounds scary and I would probably freak out but ultimately I think everything would work out ok 👍
  13. 6) YOU DON'T FEEL IT AT ALL
    Like it looks relatively large and sometimes it's uncomfortable putting it in but honestly I've forgotten about it so many times and I'll be lying in bed and I'll bolt up because I hadn't emptied it since the morning #whoops
  14. 7) You can't get Toxic Shock Syndrome by using it
    🎉🎉🎉 Literally what my nightmares are made of
  15. 8) It's ~$40 but it lasts for ~10 years
    I haven't bought pads or tampons in months and by now my cup has probably paid for itself
  16. 9) You boil it after your period is done so it's sanitary
    🚿🚿🚿 And you rinse it out before putting it back in so it feels nice and clean.
  17. 10) My periods have been 1+ days shorter and my cramps are not as terrible ??????
    I'm not sure how correlated this is to my cup BUT I'LL TAKE IT
  18. 11) There's a lot of different brands which feature different sizes and length and flexibility and thickness and shape of the cup so you're guaranteed to get something that suits you best
    I ordered my Ruby Cup offline and it's blue and sparkly 💙 I know they sell Diva Cups at CVS in the States if you're looking to see it in person before committing, but those looked a little too tall for me.
  19. 12) There's a lot less waste
    I only threw away the box it came in. Better for the environment 🌱
  20. 13) It's so easy and simple and it makes me feel good
    ⚠️ Highly subjective ⚠️ It's like I'm finally living in a playtex sport tampon commercial.
  21. I highly urge all period peoples to at least ~consider~ trying a menstrual cup. It's probably one of my favorite purchases I've ever made.
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  23. PS: @kbon has a great testimony also filled with some cool extra resources at the end of her list so check her out too~~~~ A LOVE LIST: THE DIVA CUP