Girls! This one is for you. Over half the world’s population is female, and as it goes at some point and time we face the inevitable; puberty and our mentrual cycle. Every young teen’s nightmare, the working woman’s inconvenience, shark week, the red sea, whatever one may call it, it is what it is. As much of a neusance as our period’s may be to maintain, it is what makes us females and gives us the beautiful gift of child bearing and all the things that come with being a healthy woman. So, why not take care of that which we are designed to do, with our health and convenience both in mind.
What is a period cup?
Perhaps you’ve heard it in passing conversation, maybe the persistent girl in yoga class wont stop raving about it, your colleauge keeps trying to show you hers… yikes; either way the words period cup have been resting on your subconscious. Here you are finally in a place intended to answer all those questions and concerns bubbling within your curiosity. So what are these period cups?
- stream line
- silicone tampon alternative
A bit funny to the eye at first, a period cup is designed to sit low with in the vaginal cavity seeling against the cavity walls, allowing one’s “flow” to collect within the silicone cup. (4)
Promote your health (Quick science lesson)
So it’s time. You’re searching desprately through your purse or glove box looking to take control of the raging beast releasing itself from your uterus, and there it is. Just the one. No more no less. Your period cup. You have chosen to make the switch for several reasons and here’s why:
- Silicone is your friend. With proper care, your period cup can promote a safe inside environment.
- You’ve increased the time between changes. Up to 12 hours to be exact.
- As odd as it may seem, now you can keep an eye on what’s happening on the inside. (1)
Silicone? More than likely you’ve heard this word in regards to breast implants, well that’s cause variations of this material are often used in medical procedures. It’s actually comprised of an element you’ll find on the periodic table; silicon (Si). You’ve seen silicon in one of its different compounds more than likely at the beach; sand, or every time you look through a window; glass. These are just different grades of silicon, a natural occuring element on mother earth, and heads up there’s plenty of it! So us humans discovered how to use this mineral to create a rubber like material (silicone) that is friendly to our body chemistry. Some fun properties of silicone are as noted:
- Low toxicity
- Not supportive of microbiological growth
- Water repelent ability
- Not designed to stick to many substances (eg. your vaginal walls)
Contrary to leaving an absorbant cotton material in our bodies, collecting odor that can encourage bacterial growth, a silicone cup is designed to seel against the vaginal wall keeping odors in and away from open air while providing a more difficult surface for bacteria to set up house. Keep in mind this is correlated with how you care for and clean your cup. (1) (2)
Something else strange but importnat to consider is keeping a visual eye on your flow. When using absorbent materials such as liners, pads, tampons, it can be difficult to measure the volume or true color of what your body is diguarding. A clear and collective device allows both. May sound gross ladies, but it’s a bodily function like anyting else and being able to associate what is coming out with how you feel can lend a hand in correlating your personal health patterns.
Make life easier
Okay so you are starting to get it, this could be a much more health conscious decision for your vagina and reproduction system in general. The cool thing is, it doesn’t just promote health, it doesn’t get much more convinient.
Depending on how extensive you care for your period cup, it’s lifespan will crush that of any box of tampons or pads. It fits easily and undetected in your purse, clutch, car, backpack, fanny pouch (if that’s how you roll), and will be around when the box of tampons has run out, or the next convenient store isn’t for another 130 miles. Convenient.
Odor – don’t sweat it. Remember the keeping odors seeled in we discussed in the above science lesson?
No string – it’s the 20th century, popular belief says no one likes “strings attatched,” so aside from a small grippy extension of the period cup, there’s no more dealing with a blotchy wet string hanging from your bikini mid summer.
Feeling sporty? – I speak as an athlete and avid surfer myself. This cup doesn’t absorbe excess water or sweat from the outside. Its design is to lock in whats inside. Being the fun rubber like substance it is, this period cup is meant to move with you as you play and go about your active day. (4)
Be a sustainable woman
If you haven’t noticed, it’s becoming “cool” to be sustainable these days. We are buying our reusable grocery bags, shopping at second hand stores, cursing the name of plastic straws; the list goes on. So if you are stil unsure about the health benefits and convenience of a period cup, then at least consider joining the other cool kids in giving some love to mother earth and reducing the waste of millions of cotton tampons and pads each month. You need only buy one cup to get you through.
Depending on how you care for your cup, it’s only recomended to buy one a year. However, if you have diligently sanitized/boiled/dried and your cup remains free of breaks, staying out of reach as your puppy’s chew toy, then you are doing yourslef and bank account a favor, and can keep it as long as you see fit. (4)
Depending on the grade of silicone your period cup is made of, it is likely to be recycled. So after you’ve got all the use you feel you could possibly get out of your period cup and it’s time to dispose of it, simply clean and cut it up before it hits the recycle centre. (3)
Who can use it? Any female with a menstrual cycle.
What is it? God’s gift to your vagina.
When can it be used? Up to 12 hours if you really feel like it when the flow decides to come around.
Where can it be used? Well, keep it aorund and it will be there for you like an accountant during tax season.
Why use it? It’s healthy, it’s convenient, and the sustainable “cool” choice.