This post is about menstrual periods.
There’s quite a lot of secrecy and shame circling this topic.
This post is an excellent response to that.
As is this lovely image from Pam the Nomad:
Keeping in my Mint.com Summer Savings Challenge theme, this post is about how to… guess? Yes! Save money on your period.
I started thinking about the DivaCup when I realized how much waste I was producing on my period every month. I had guilt pangs when I emptied the trash and imagined all of that unnecessary waste going to landfills.
Keeping with that open-hearted theme, I’m willing to offer full disclosure here: I was crazy intimidated by the DivaCup when I first saw it.
It seems giant, it goes inside you, you have to touch everything up there and it can be messy.
A friend of mine was the one who convinced me to give it a try.
The one word I have to describe the experience: Liberating. Yes! Liberating.
Not only do I dramatically decrease the amount of waste I produce, I experience a few other unexpected benefits.
- I feel a closer connection to my body because I can see exactly how much blood I release.
- I can forget about the cup for an entire day and not worry about TSS.
- I’m not concerned about chemicals from pesticides or the bleaching process for cotton pads and tampons entering my body.
- The sanitation process, a quick boil, takes a whopping 10 minutes out of my month.
- I can tune out obnoxious pad and tampon commercials (and show you an excellent response to them below).
Oops, this post is about money savings, right?
Here are those numbers: I easily spent the average $150-200 per year on pads and tampons. The DivaCup was about $30 when I got one, and I’ve had it for about 2 years now. So that’s up to $370 I’ve saved, or $15.50 per month.
And those savings will only increase the longer I use the cup. (How’s that for green?)
Are you a menstrual cup user? What’s your experience? (Or, what do you think about Georgia O’Keeffe?)