My father always wondered how I went through so many tampons. I think he even joked one time that he thought I ate them each month. Well, I do not eat them and if you are a woman you know that the amount of feminine hygiene products necessary to still feel like a human being during your period is excessive.
On an environmental note, the amount of tampons, pads, and toilet paper I go through during one menstrual cycle is completely inefficient. I feel guilty every time I open a tampon or a pad wrapped in multiple layers of plastic. And don’t even get me started on the price. I shed a tear every time I have to pay almost $10 for a box of tampons.
So while I was researching ways to make my period more green I came across a product called the Diva Cup. Let me just tell you: it’s not pretty and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. Instead of a tampon or a pad using their non-reusable material to soak up the situation down there, two brilliant women from Canada came up with a wonderful menstrual cup.
So I did it. I went to Earth Fare and purchased a menstrual cup for my latest period. It was pricey (though I walked there and skipped out on paying for gas that day), but I figured it would pay off when my carbon footprint was reduced significantly. In fact, for $33 a year I get a product that replaces products that I spend roughly $10 a month on. So to put this into perspective for people like my budget-conscious father, I am saving almost $90 a year. For all the hippies out there, I am saving the world.
So how was it, you ask? It was completely effective. Without giving too many gruesome details, allow me to explain. At the beginning of my cycle this month I folded up the freshly cleaned Diva Cup and put it where the sun don’t shine. Eight hours later I removed it after a small struggle and discovered that it worked! I didn’t even realize I was on my period all day because I didn’t have to think about it. The Diva Cup can be in for 12 hours and I didn’t notice it at all. I didn’t have to bring tampons with me in my small clutch, I didn’t have to discreetly take a tampon out of my backpack to go to the bathroom during class, and I went to sleep that first night without worrying about leaking. And this is going to be amazing on hikes, backpacking trips, and long flights. Whoever thought of this deserves a Nobel Peace Prize because I am finally at peace with my period.
Could this small, silicon cup be the solution to all my period woes and another green change? Well yes. It certainly is. After my test trial I will never go back to tampons and pads (unless those pads are reusable) and I highly recommend that you try this product if you are not squeamish about your own body fluids.