Dear menstrual cup: You don’t know how much I value the fact that you came into my life. The hardest days of the months have been simple days thanks to you.
It all started thanks to a trip a year ago. I had a fam trip for the job I was by then and that unwanted visitor decided to join me on the ship. I was taking the Ferry to Dominican Republic that afternoon and no, I did not have any pads… what I was supposed to do now? I was already in the office, and I was going directly from there to the pier. My secret weapon was calling mom! Since I was still scared, I bought some other pads on my lunch break. Now I had two 14-pads boxes and a small backpack on which they didn’t fit. I was now supposed to carry shamelessly a bag with all those pads through all those hotels in Punta Cana we were visiting that weekend. GREAT!
First thing I did when I came back to Puerto Rico was finding out WHERE TO BUY A MENSTRUAL CUP. I have never been a tampon person, and I knew that, as a frequent traveler, I could not keep on traveling with huge pad boxes. Trust me, if I kept on going the way I was, I would always need to buy my brand. When I got my period in Sweden a few years ago, I couldn’t find any brand big enough for my flow. So yes, a menstrual cup was definitely an option.
I started my research: there is (or was) only a store in Puerto Rico that sell them. I went all my way there and bought mine. The guy explained me pretty well, showed me all the brands he has, and I made my decision. Most of the menstrual cups in the market come in two sizes:
#1 which in most brands the diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches), the stem measures 25 mm (1 inch) and the volume of the cup is 25 ml (0.85 fl oz).
#2 has a diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches), the stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches, and the volume of the cup is 30 ml (1.0 fl oz).
When you find out this, the first question to ask is:
Which size is better for me?
The reality is that is more a personal choice. #2, even though is recommended if you have heavy flow, I would say is definitely up to you. If you have given birth, #2 must be your option, in any other case, I would go straight to #1. Why is that? Because what will definitely change is the frequency on which you are going to empty it. You can wear a menstrual cup even for 12 hours in a row and no, not necessarily it will leak. You have to do it more frequently if your flow is heavier.
There are a lot of menstrual cup brands available. The most popular are definitely Diva Cup and Lunette. I would definitely suggest you to buy online a whole kit that also, besides including just the cup and the bag, it will also include the menstrual cup cleaner for a reasonable price. There are a few online stores such as Be Prepared. Period that also has a lot of information and many other alternatives for your period that you might like consider, such as cloth pads. It also provides the option of receiving monthly products if you’re not still convinced about the menstrual cup.
Going back to the cup, I wanted to talk about this little bag that menstrual cups come with.
The fact that it brings that little bag makes it the perfect addition for your trips. It fits anywhere and it won’t be as bulky as carrying a whole box of pads. I finally found the way to save all my trips while in the hardest days. And definitely, using a menstrual cup have helped me to save a lot of money that I used to spend in pads. Now I can just save it… for another trips!
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