Reusable Menstrual Products – The Diva Cup
Welcome to our Go Green Challenge: 4 Weeks to an Earth-Friendly Home! Find more posts from this series here. As a reminder, we are talking about eliminating paper products this week.
I am breathing a sigh of relief that I am still enjoying the many benefits of almost-exclusive breastfeeding and have to pass the “share how you’ve eliminated tampons and pads” baton off to someone else. Please note, this post frankly discusses female thangs. If you’re a dude or a woman who doesn’t like private talk discussed publicly, now is a good time to move on to a Cheerios post.
This is a guest post by Anonymous. She’s a real person, promise. She is available to answer questions, so please leave them in the comments section!
My dog is plenty “green.” She “recycles” stuff for us all the time: underwear, tissues, and yes, menstrual products. GROSS! You would never guess it to look at her. Ten pounds of fluffy princess rolled in a body that eats trash (and yes, we feed her really expensive food too).
After a trip to the vet when she ate too many (gag alert!) tampons, we got all new trash cans with lids. She then proceeded to knock them over to get the lid off if there is even a hint of some bodily fluid inside. Hence my new adventure in reusable menstrual products!
I started using cloth pads years ago when my kids were in cloth diapers. I was imagining what it would be like to have a period every day and have to sit in paper constantly. I thought cloth pads would be too gross, but they were just fine; actually soft and absorbent and feels really nice. I found an old dishpan to soak them in, and now they go into the other laundry my kids smear gross things on regularly. Never need to buy paper pads again. (You can find tons of cloth menstrual pads on etsy or LunaPads.com.)
But a reusable menstrual cup? Not sure I wanted to go there. What if it leaked? What if it hurt? What if I couldn’t get it out? Memories flashed of my early married life and trying on the bathroom floor trying to remove my diaphragm (Thankfully I didn’t need to call for help), but after having to search for a place to toss my paper products where my dog couldn’t find them for the last few months, I started getting desperate.
So when a friend recommended the Diva Cup, I thought I would give it a try. After reading through the instructions and a few websites about how to insert it without leakage, I was ready to try it out.
The first time I removed it I thought my cervix was going to come out along with it (this was wildly reminiscent of labor; the sound I was making might have been a bit like it as well). I finally learned how to break the suction before I removed it, while not spilling the contents and voila! Much more comfortable! I had to figure out how it fit best, which took some time with very clean hands doing a little experimenting.
The best part? You can wear the thing for up to twelve hours with no risk of toxic shock syndrome and no worries about your tampon leaking or your clothes getting stained. It works even during exercise, swimming, and sleeping. I don’t have to bother with tampon strings. No giant wads of toilet paper to wrap all my paper products in. No more public bathroom disposal bins. I put it in before I go to work and take out, clean it, and re-insert it in the evening hygienically at home.
My dog is certainly disappointed when she visits our trash now. I empty the contents in to the toilet, flush it away, and wash my hands and menstrual cup clean after each use. Nothing to toss, nothing to hide, nothing to risk my dog eating!
Are you ready to take the plunge? There are two sizes of Diva Cups — one for women under 30 and have never delivered a baby and one for women over 30 or women under 30 who have delivered a baby. Who knew our cervix changed so much? Amazon has both in stock for less than $30 shipped.
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