On Women’s Health

This particular post has been a year in the making and after you finish reading it, you will understand why.

Lately I’ve been taking a closer look at my body, my health, my health issues and what I can change or improve.
Like many women, I have irregular menstrual cycles and when I do have them they are very painful and consist of a heavy flow.

One of my dear friends in New York who works for a Gynecologist has recommended me to look into natural and organic pads. I honesty didn’t even know they existed. I put them off until recently when a co-worker of mine who also worked for a Gynecologist recommended that I stop using regular pads and look into organic, cotton pads.

I read an article and found these two interesting points.

  • “When you use products that contain non-organic cotton, there’s a very good chance they still contain some residue from chemical herbicides and pesticides.”
  • “Women with sensitive skin can also benefit from using organic pads and panty liners because they contain fewer, if any, irritants like fragrances and synthetic chemicals.”

I was still on the fence about organic, cotton pads but then I decided to look into menstrual cups.

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What is a menstrual cup?

“The small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it.”

That sounds gross, I think I’ll just stick to my regular feminine care….

“Contrary to popular belief, menstrual cups aren’t “gross.” If you’re taking care of it correctly, they’re just as sanitary as any other product—maybe even more so because they don’t sit in your trash can or clog up your pipes.”

Why should you look into it?

“They help maintain a healthy pH level so you can stay naturally moist and comfortable. The flexible design moves with you and offers complete protection and comfort.”

“As it turns out, period products generate a ton of trash, so cutting back on the amount you toss out can make a big difference in your ecological footprint. Menstrual cups can last for three to four years, meaning way less waste in the long run.
Considering how much you spend on tampons or pads over the course of three to four years, a $30 menstrual cup sounds pretty cheap in comparison. Say you dole out $10 a month on your go-to product for four years, shelling out $480—using a menstrual cup instead means an extra $450 in your pocket.”

Are there any restrictions?

“You can dance, run, swim, ride a bike, and use your cup overnight. You can wear the cup for up to 12 consecutive hours day & night.”

How do I insert it?

How do I clean it?

“You can clean your cup using any mild unscented, non antibacterial, water-based, natural if possible soap. Harsh chemicals can potentially compromise your cup’s composition and cause irritation when inserted. Antibacterial hand soaps (such as those in public restrooms) and heavy-duty facial cleansers should never be used to clean your cup.”

Which menstrual cup is best for me?

That’s honestly something that is up to you but personally, when I was looking into them, I was really intrigued with the Lena Cup because they had a specific cup for sensitive skin which I have. Unfortunately, there are many things that I cannot use because I will break out in hives. You have to find the cup that best fits your needs and that of your periods.

I know, I know, it sounds kind of gross, uncomfortable, embarrassing and overall weird but coming from someone who hated tampons after one bad experience and now loving her menstrual cup, I highly recommend them. They are a game changer!

I read that you should give them up to three cycles before you decide if you want to continue with them or not. I have been using one since May and I can tell you that it has helped my body tremendously. Not only is it beneficial for my body, it helps me save money and it benefits the environment.

How?

Think of what happens with your used pads or tampons. Where do they go? Where does your blood go honestly?

Read this article. It’s the article that made me commit to finding a menstrual cup and I hope to never return to pads again!

Was this post informal to you? Do you use a menstrual cup? If so, what brand do you use?

With love,

– R. Garcia

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