Aunt flo, riding the river, shark week.. doesn’t matter what you call it, menstruation sucks. Most of us will cop 35-45 years of monthly cramps, bloating, mood swings and – just to add insult to injury (because I’m reasonably dangerous when PMSing) it’s EXPENSIVE. Seriously! I talked about the dollars when trying out ‘mama cloth’ for the first time, and it’s also worth considering the environmental impact of producing disposable pads, liners and tampons.
If you want to get even more efficient and cut the washing part of the equation, consider a cup. There are a ton of brands on the market, and moving forward from ten years ago when I bought my first DivaCup from the US, they are now sized, coloured, and easier to clean, with less ridges, marks and pointy stems.
Unlike a tampon, a cup can be left in place for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow, so they’re especially useful if you’re unable to change often or don’t have access to disposal/washing facilities (camping trip, anyone?). Basically, you need to be able to wash your hands and wipe/wash the cup. Not terribly difficult. What’s it going to cost? Between $20-$60, depending on brand. If you maintain your cup properly it will last you up to ten years… that’s a fair chunk of cash saved. Ready to embark on more convenient monthly management?