Honey was very reticent to have this blogged on his site, but I think it really goes hand in hand with the philosophies of L2L. Staying healthy, helping the environment and even helping a girl in Kenya to become better educated (If you buy the right brand).
I am talking about menstrual cups or MCs for short. Halfway through this year I took the plunge and am so grateful for the convenience and have not looked back.
It took me about 2 years to go from what I like to call the “yeek factor” to actually trying it out. So if you are more than slightly repulsed keep reading anyway. I used to be a sales consultant for Anion (its like amway for “nasties-free” sanitary napkins)... I got a bit annoyed at wasting all my good pads showing people who did not care for a far superior product that was not the “cool brand”... so they were not interested in making a purchase. But during my time as a consultant, I did some research...
Did you know that:
There are many toxins in the “cool” brands we buy of pads and tampons
some are made from recycled pulp that is bleached and treated with harsh chemicals.
Most companies will not tell you what they put into their sanitary napkins, however the area down there is just as absorbent as your mouth, I believe there needs to be more transparency.
Buying organic tampons and pads might not be enough, many of them are not individually wrapped and if left in the box, dust, insects etc can climb in leaving germs. When you use them the blood becomes food for the germs and they multiply every 20 minutes.
You should not store your sanitary products next to chemicals, heat can cause the vapour in the chemicals to rise and seep into your products leaving them not so toxin free.
I must admit the pads were pretty good, but during Summer, I needed tampons again. I still had some “left over” and after a break my tampons were not “welcome”. I was rather itchy. Using organic tampons however, was nice but I was concerned about the “germ factor” and the amount of landfill etc.
Its funny a couple of times I was caught “without a spare”, and I thought how nice it would be to have a cup that you can just rinse and keep going with... I put it to the back of my mind once again with the yeek factor.
I was telling my family member about my products and she told me that she uses a Diva cup and never looked back. I was intrigued, she told me you order them on the internet and I began to do some research. I found that there were like heaps to choose from and that many people had just one, but lots of women had 3 or more.
Teenagers were using them, women who had babies, virgins, many different women with many different needs.
The first website I found recommended the Mooncup UK and the Moon cup USA, so I ordered both. The USA came just in time for my period and I found a wealth of information on youtube and particularly useful information was from a young lady called Bree.
I liked my moon cup but found that both were really quite the same, so I gave the UK to my sister when it arrived. I had quite a heavy flow and was changing it a lot, and found that the style may also have been encouraging cramps... so I bought a JuJu. Partly because Ju is actually one of my nick-names so I had an affinity with it and partly as it was larger so it held more. On a side note... It's also harder to insert. The moon cup just opens in there but the JuJu requires some practise.
Now helping a girl in Kenya, similar in style to the juju is the Ruby cup. You can get a deal if you buy 2 (one for me, one for a friend)... I don't have one yet, however I plan to get one this year. For each Ruby cup bought by someone in a developed country a Ruby cup will be given to a girl in Africa, which helps her stay in school and also to stay healthy as the alternatives available are quite unhygienic. Google it if you are game.
I use a cup pretty much exclusively, one thing I have found to be a benefit of being a multi-cup-owner is I can have a night cup and a day cup. When I have used just one cup on about day 3, I find that it begins to smell. So I also checked with my other friendly cup users to see what they do...
One uses cups as you would a tampon for swimming and re-usable pads for the rest of the time.
One douches, that didn't work for me
My other friend just keeps using it, ensuring she has washed it out properly. There is no odour once the cup is re-inserted.
Silicone Cups on sale
I recently changed jobs which has meant I needed to change how I manage the time of month (I am unable to keep my handbag with me at my new job)... Not wanting to be running out with a "bathroom emergency" I tested the tried and true form some women like... wearing my cup around my due date “just in case”. It is a practical solution, however removing the cup at the end of the day, if my "favourite aunt" hasn't arrived is tricky. For various reasons, I had been putting off getting a "light day" silicone cup... until today, I had one fight too many with my JuJu and Moon Cup.
And while I was at it I decided ordering my "spare" cup was now or never too... lucky really, as the cups I had been drooling over are on sale. You may remember from my previous blog that the cups I have wanted for months are the MeLuna and Ruby cups... mostly as they have deals for 2. For a while its been my dream to take advantage of the 2 pack deals and gift the spares to my 2 MC converts. This is what I spent... Honey skip the next 2 paragraphs...
50 euro (included 5 euro in postage) for 2 ruby cups delivered to Australia http://www.ruby-cup.com/en/ and remember when you purchase a Ruby cup a girl in Africa gets one too and it changes her life, in ways we can little but imagine.
25 euro postage inc for 2 MeLuna cups delivered to Australia http://www.meluna.org/MeLuna-menstrualcups here.
Ruby cup is on sale till 07.04.14 and comes with 2 separate bags so it's much easier to share with a friend. One size fits all and it can be ordered on a smart phone!... Found that out while my computer was doing 53mil updates... Ok it was actually 98. You also have the option of buying a beautiful pink silicone cup to microwave sterilise your cup in at the end/beginning of your cycle. Currently the cup is also on special for 10.95 Euro and one cup is going for 27.95 Euro or together for 35.95 Euro.
MeLuna comes in 2 separate sizes one size apart (with the exception of the “Mom combi-pack”) and they must be same thickness and style ie soft, classic or sport with a ball, ring, stem or basic shaped “gripper”. Also the 2 sizes are 1 size apart so you would need to agree with a friend who would have the prettier/larger one and the type you are trying. You would also need to decide who gets the bag... If one of you can sew (not me) that person might like to make a bag or you can get another bag for 5Euro.
The MeLuna double pack is geared to one person using 2 cups. This makes having a day and night cup or a heavy days and lighter days cup more affordable... providing you like the MeLuna cups. However, with a few negotiations I think you can defiantly share the pack between two women. For more euros you can get a hot-pack teddy combination, that might be a nice gift idea for the MC loving chick.
Now the race is on... which cup will arrive on my doorstep the fastest?