Whether it be the cramps, the bloating, or just the horrible inconvenience, every woman everywhere hates dealing with their period. It's a few days of pure torture, and you literally have to plan your life around the arrival of Aunt Flo. Talk about an agonizing family get together.
Every feel like a triceratops is tearing apart your insides? Welcome to your period. Wanting to lay in bed, eat tubs of chocolate, and binge watch your favorites on Netflix may be your plan, but sometimes you actually have to be an adult and do adult things. This is where proper preparation comes into play.
Long gone are the middle school days when you were inexperienced enough to put up with a bulky maxi pad. There are now more discreet and convenient options — ahem Tampons — and there are new products being introduced all the time. One hygiene product, in particular, is causing quite the stir lately.
The newest craze to hit the feminine hygiene scene is the menstrual cup. Since this is foreign territory for most of us ladies, one brave trailblazer named Ileana decided to give it a try for six days and tell us every detail of her experience, and the highlights may surprise you.
A menstrual cup is an eco-friendly alternative to your everyday pads and tampons. It's a bendable cup that is inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood during a woman's period. It collects the blood instead of absorbing it, which involves the woman then emptying it for reuse.
Although this may seem like a new concept, a variety of companies have popped up providing a different model for women. Ileana decided to try the Diva Cup, which is one of the more popular menstrual cups on the market. It was time to put this thing to the test.
The menstrual cup is folded and then inserted into the vagina, kind of like a tampon. The flexibility of the cup should allow it to be painless and pretty much effortless to insert. Time to wash the cup and give it a shot.
Ileana admits to being nervous when the time came to insert her Diva Cup, but she decided to take the plunge while at work. The packaging instructs the user to either fold the cup in half two times or simply push down one side of the cup to insert it successfully. She had some surprising results.
She admits it was way easier than she initially anticipated. She admits "it was a little uncomfortable for about five minutes, I quickly found I couldn’t feel it at all," after insertion. The instructions then say to twist the cup to make sure it is opened inside the vagina, to prevent leakage.
After six days of using the Diva Cup, Ileana experienced fewer leakage accidents than with the traditional tampon. She admits to feeling "totally comfortable going without a pad or even a panty liner," which all women know is a pretty big deal. There was some factor of discomfort present, despite the obvious benefits.
Emptying the menstrual blood and cleaning the cup can be pretty gross — realistically speaking. Most people would rather not see the exact amount of menstrual blood their period entails. She admits it felt a little weird to go poop with it in, but it is not anything you don't get used to. The silicone makes it hard to drop into the toilet, so you don't have to worry about losing it and making a mess.
Once her period finally ended, Ileana was pleasantly surprised with how the past six days turned out. She was able to attend barre class, her boyfriend's law school graduation, and go to work as she normally would. Now it was time to properly sanitize and prepare the cup for next month.
Ileana followed the instructions that came with her Diva Cup and she placed it in a pot of boiling water for five to ten minutes to give it a deep clean. She let it dry and celebrated that her period was finally over — for now.
"I don’t think I’ll completely give up pads and tampons — they do win out a little bit when it comes to the convenience factor — but I will definitely be using my menstrual cup at least 50 percent of the time," she stated. The buzz surrounding this newest feminine product is definitely warranted, and worth a try if you were at first skeptical.
Whether you need a change of pace or are looking to find a more environmentally-friendly way to keep your period discreet, the menstrual cup may be worth a second look. Anything to make our lives a little easier during this wretched time is appreciated!