No matter what you call it: Aunt Flo, Mother Nature, That time of the month, Period, or as I like to refer to it "Don't mess with Mama week" it seems to be an uncomfortable subject. And don't even get me started on those
stupid cute (we don't use the "s" word at our house, normally) commercials about having a happy period showing some teeny bopper frolicking around the beach in a white bikini. I don't care how nice your period is, it isn't that happy. EVER.
Why is this such a taboo subject? I mean, it's something that happens every month of your life from the time you are 10 (if you are me) until you are done with menopause (if I understand my mother correctly)! I say we should be able to be adults, and discuss this subject openly! I read somewhere a while back that over a billion feminine products are disposed of yearly in our landfills, and I was devastated realizing my part in this gross number!
How about leaks? Up until the last three months, I have never had a period where I didn't experience leaks. Of course, I am using products properly, but I have always had the heaviest and longest periods. I can use a super tampon, backed up with a plus sized pad with wings, and still experience an embarrassing leak. If the cramps, back pain, headache from Hades, and overall bloating/irritability weren't bad enough, a leak is definitely the straw that broke the camel's back, if you know what I mean!
Oh, and did I mention I should own stock in the tampon/pad companies? My period lasts between 7-13 days a month; I spend a minimum of $20 on period supplies, and that is on a 7 day month! I swear, Aunt Flo has gotten to be one costly unwanted relative, let me tell you!
I say no more! I have officially purchased my last pad, tampon, and pantyliner ever! You can take that one to the bank. I have discovered a nifty product known as a menstrual cup which. has. been. a. lifesaver. Period. Yes, all puns intended. I personally tried the Lunette Cynthia ,a medical-grade silicone "bell-shaped" cup that you insert in your vagina (or "pretty" as my girls call it) similar to a diaphragm.
You can wear it for up to 12 hours without emptying it, and I haven't had one single leak! Yes, I shouted that in relief.
Now, if you haven't been near a vagina in a while, I am here to tell you, it's a slippery sucker for sure! So, it might take you a minute to figure out just what fold and position for inserting the cup will work best for you. I personally love the C-fold.
How do you get it out? Well, I'm glad you asked. For me, I put a little pressure on the bulb portion and the suction releases. However, you can also, use the stem to help pull it out, or you can push it out the same way you do a baby, but with much less pain.
I wash and boil mine every month after I am done using it to make sure it is perfectly clean for the next use. The best part is for somewhere in the range of $40, you have a product that can last for years if you tend to it properly! I can tell you I will never use another product.
Lastly, I want to mention that if you have a daughter that is nearing or at puberty age, Be Prepared Period is an invaluable source of real life information and experiences to help you have a healthier, better prepared, conversation and period! As a matter of fact, BePreparedPeriod offers Tweet Chats, so check here to find the next chat session!