I am back with the second installment in my girl talk series, and this time I will be talking all about the magical Diva Cup. For some bizarre reason society has made women feel that their period is something to be ashamed of, an unspoken myth that must never be brought to light around men. We've all been there, you're standing in the que in Boots with sanitary items waiting to be served, and to your horror a man calls for the next person in line and it's you and oh god all you can do is watch in terror as he scans in your jumbo tampons and asks if you have an advantage card, pretending to be just as okay with the situation as you are, but really you're both mentally and physically scarred, because how can women be so disgusting. So to try and lift the stigma what I am going to do is talk about it, on the internet, for the whole planet to see.
For those of you who don't know what it is or what it does, the menstrual cup is basically a little silicone cup that you fold over and insert (the same as a tampon) into your v-jay jay and leave to work it's magic by collecting blood for up to 12 hours. Then you take it back out, give it a clean and pop it back in again. If this is new to you that probably sounds pretty horrifying, and it was to me too. But after a couple of uses you get used to it and praise the day that you decided to stop with the whole pad and tampon malarkey.
For me, learning that sanitary waste was one of the biggest issues the planet faces today was the deciding factor to give this a go. One menstrual cup can last for up to ten years and that is doin' the planet some good lemme tell ya. On top of the planet being delighted, you have your period sorted for the next ten years, is that not the most magical thing you could ever think of? No more irritating trips to the shop every month to spend your hard earned money on something you didn't choose for your body to do.
From my own experience with using the cup the pros are endless, not only is it environmentally and economically friendly, it has made having my period, dare I say it, almost.. easy *gasps*. I can pop it in and not have to worry about changing it in a couple of hours while I am out or fearing leaking through my clothes if I forget to. I can leave it in for up to twelve hours and go about my daily business without having to carry around two hundred tampons in my handbag. I can't feel it inside me what so ever and once it is in I almost forget I even have my period. Even more I have noticed my period is slightly lighter since using it, as have other women reported.
So far the only con I have found is getting used to it. It is terrifying inserting and removing the little cup in the beginning and I definitely had a few moments of panic myself but trust me, once you keep using it you figure out a way of getting it in and out that works best for you and that is when you will begin to reap all of the benefits this majestic cup has to ofer.
So, I encourage you to share this with your sister, cousin, friend, on any social media platform you have whether it be facebook, twitter or instagram and help a sista out. I had no idea this existed up until two months ago and I just wish I had known about it sooner instead of suffering for years with uncomfortable pads and toxic tampons. Above I have listed different brands of menstrual cups if you decide that this option might be for you.
We need to get the word out and lift this taboo that surrounds our periods. GRL PWR.