This is the story of how the menstrual cup came into my life 5 years ago. It all started thanks to a trip. I had a fam trip for my job back then, and that unwanted visitor decided to join me on the ship. I was taking the Ferry to the Dominican Republic that afternoon, and no, I did not have any pads… what I was supposed to do at that moment?
I was in the office, and I was supposed to go directly from there to the pier to take the ship. My secret weapon was calling mom! Since I was still scared, I bought 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 them shamelessly on a bag through all those hotels in Punta Cana we were visiting that weekend. GREAT!
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. – A small thought I wrote on Menstrual Cups
The moment I decided to use a menstrual cup
When I came back to Puerto Rico from that weekend, I was decided to find 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. Once 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 for me.
The research on my menstrual cup
I started my research: there was only a store back then in Puerto Rico that sell them. I went all my way there and bought mine. The guy who worked there explained everything to me pretty well. He 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 it is more of a personal choice and how well you know your body. #2, even though it is recommended if you have a heavy flow, I would say it 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? 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.
Which brand should I buy?
There are a lot of menstrual cup brands available. The most popular brands are definitely Diva Cup and Lunette. I would definitely suggest you buy online a whole kit that also, besides including just the cup and the bag, it will include the menstrual cup cleaner for a reasonable price.
The little bags the menstrual cup brings…
Those little bags make them 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 a way to save space and money on all my trips while on heavier flow days.
Using a menstrual cup has helped me to save a lot of money that I spent on pads. Now I can save it… for another trip!
Are there other options that are not pads or menstrual cups?
Nowadays, there are plenty of options that are not only menstrual cups or pads. There are menstrual cloth pads and menstrual underwear. I feel that no one knows our bodies better than ourselves. We know what we really need for our period. I realized that either tampons or pads weren’t made for me. That is why I looked around and found that menstrual cups were an option. I have tried the cloth pads and underwear. For the type of body I have, most cloth pads have not worked. I must say that combining the underwear with the menstrual cup has been a blessing and definitely, something I will keep on doing while I am traveling.
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