Three years ago, I can’t remember exactly how, I came across a sixteen year old girl on Youtube called Precious Star. She was explaining how to choose and use a menstrual cup. Without exaggeration, this blew my mind! A 45 year old woman, not hidden from the ways of the world. I had never heard of this!
Around since the 1930s??!? The menstrual cup is a silicone or latex cup that you insert inside the vagina that holds menstrual blood when you’re on your period. Sounds icky in general I know, but after converting to one three years ago, I have never looked back.
In fact, if I am ever caught short and have to use an ordinary pad (I won’t touch tampons) I feel so uncomfortable, you can see me squirming.
My first couple of attempts with the cup were frustrating. There is a technique that your instructions, that come with your cup, guide you through. It is very hands on, you really get to know yourself down there but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
On the third attempt, I took a deep breath and crammed it in. It worked and has gotten easier quickly (Thank God) Don’t worry it will not get lost.
I feel clean. It feels like I am not on a period. I have less pain during my cycle and I don’t have to change it up to eight or sometimes 12 hours. Of course this depends on how heavy your flow is. As you can leave them in so long, there is no risk of toxic shock, as with pads and tampons.
Now come to mention it, here are some other horrors about commercial period products.
Ordinary tampons and pads contain toxins from pesticides that the GMO cotton used is sprayed with.
Bleaches are used to whiten them. The by-product of this process is dioxin, which is a known carcinogen.
Any chemicals are absorbed through the skin and vaginal wall easily and into the blood stream.
Pads are also made with polyethylene plastic and adhesives.
They do not even allow for the movement of air, leaving a moist breeding ground for all sorts of nasties.
Some are fragranced. This can irritate the sensitive skin.
Rayon, which is a material that they use in tampons, can leave residue on the vaginal wall that leads to infection.
None of these things you want near your sensitive bits!
If you still love your pads and tampons, choose organic ones that you can order online, or health food shops. Chemical free, breathable, natural and healthier.
The average woman throws 250 -300 pounds of menstrual products away, over their lifetime.
One sanitary towel contains the equivalent of four plastic bags.
Imagine the damage to the environment! Imagine how much money you’ve spent! I’ve had my cup for three years and it’s still going strong.
This year, I have decided to cut out my panty liners as well for my in between days. For a couple of weeks now I have been trying the cloth ones. They fit well, don’t move about. Although take a little bit of getting used to. They do feel different to a stick on pad.
I also soak them before washing them, either by hand or machine. Honestly my husband has seen it all and my pads in soak has not fazed him one bit. Also my washing line looks like Nepalese prayer flags. I still have my organic stick on ones for the gym and when I need to be more streamlined but so far I am happy and feel I am doing my bit for my health and environment.
Will keep you updated.
My only regret is that I wish I had discovered all this 20 years ago. I grew up in a world where the mass produced sanitary products were supposed to be easier, cleaner, better for us girls on the go.
Looking on it now, it looks like a few steps backwards and done us more harm than good. I am so glad that there are new products and info addressing this. Spread the word.
Support Precious Stars on Youtube, or buy her cloth pads and menstrual cups here
Dr Mercola here
OK Button Besties it’s your turn. Have you had a revelation when it comes to your period? I see there is so much new period technology out there, are you using it? Can you teach us a thing or two?