Menstruation; something most women will face in their lifetime. It’s not fun, it makes us moody and bloated, but most of us just grin and bear it. Unfortunately, menstruation comes with the price; not just the price of ruined panties. It costs us a pretty penny every month and the cost to our environment becomes greater every 28 days. With the amount of pads and tampons that go into a city’s disposable system daily, it’s no wonder that our environment is feeling the strain from something that is otherwise completely natural. So how does one reduce their carbon footprint while still getting the protection that you need in order to go out and live your life?
I believe the solution lies within the DivaCup.
I discovered the DivaCup by chance. While calculating my monthly expenses I was shocked to realize that every single month I spent nearly $20 on protection; be it pads, tampons, panty liners, wipes, new panties, you name it. So I typed into Google, “cheap period solutions” and the DivaCup came up. Now, I’ve heard of menstrual cups before and admittedly I was put off by the ick factor associated with inserting a cup, taking it out and then emptying it; but hear me out. I figured it was worth a try, a $35 one-time fee for up to 12 hours of protection. To my surprise I fell in love with the DivaCup!
Truth be told, I went through a slight learning curve of one period cycle. Yes there were, um, spills, but what I really enjoyed was the length of time the cup could be worn. No longer was I caught red-handed (literally) without a pad or tampon; I could go out without having to take a hoard of menstrual sundries, which was nice after almost 12 years of having to be on guard. It’s funny now, when friends ask me for a tampon, I say, “no, sorry; I don’t wear them” which usually incites a few raised eyebrows, followed by an in depth conversation about the DivaCup. Most women are still leery about a menstrual cup. We as women have been programmed by the big brands to think the only way to stay protected is with disposable tampons and pads, but it’s not!
The cup also proves to be a green solution to menstruation. Not only are tampons and pads detrimental to the environment as there’s just so much waste; but they’re also detrimental to our health, with most containing surfactants, adhesives and additives. I mean, I don’t want that inside my body do you?
If you’re still not convinced whether or not the DivaCup is for you, just think; its $35 and it will last well beyond any box of tampons or pads that you may have underneath your sink. It’s definitely worth a try, and once you get over the hump I promise it will revolutionize the way that you look at your period. No longer will you feel inconvenienced or angry at the Mother Nature’s gift!
Bianca Osbourne is a freelance writer, with a focus on female health and wellness; she writes passionately about the different types of birth control; and the best foods to eat for your skin and overall wellness.