Earth Day + Diva Cup: Part 1
Purchasing my first ever menstrual cup was an exhilarating (yet intimidating) experience.
I started my period when I was nine years old, too young to truly understand my anatomy nor appreciate my womanhood. I opted for pads for years because the thought of inserting a tampon made me nauseous.
It wasn’t until high school when I switched to tampons because I was tired of feeling like I had an adult diaper in my pants. Even after adjusting to tampons, I felt a huge disconnect with my body. Why does this angle feel so weird? How much am I really bleeding? Pulling it out hurts!
The Big Switch
I decided to buy a DivaCup about a year ago because I was tired of constantly buying tampons and pantyliners and I wanted to try something new. I’ll admit, the learning curve for using the cup was steep for me (I cried after the first trial because I could not get it out!). But, after two cycles, I was able to insert and remove the cup with no problems! I love that I can keep it inserted for up to 12 hours (without worrying about toxic shock syndrome), which makes traveling on my period so much easier.
The thing I love most about switching to the DivaCup is how it caused me to connect with my body in a new way. It has empowered me to learn more about my menstrual cycle and my anatomy - topics that are often thought of as “gross” or “taboo”. Now, I am confident in talking about my period with nearly everyone and I am constantly nudging my friends to take the plunge and buy a cup!
Better for Mother Earth
Before the DivaCup, I was painfully aware of the immense amount of waste I was creating with each period - the wrappers, applicators, boxes, plus the pads and tampons themselves. I relied on pads and tampons for 14 years before making the switch to a DivaCup when I was 23. Experts say the average woman uses approximately 240 tampons or pads per year, which means I threw away roughly 3,360 pads and tampons! Today is Earth Day and it’s no secret that Mother Earth needs a bit of extra TLC these days - I suggest switching over to more sustainable (and budget-friendly) feminine hygiene product pronto!
I paid $29.99 for my cup (a fair price for a product that will last me years) and only had to recycle a small cardboard box along with the little instruction pamphlet. Even before my first use, I was patting myself on the back for reducing my waste.
Now that I’ve chosen the DivaCup life, I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
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