So today’s post is a little bit different. It’s geared toward the ladies who follow my blog, but fellas if you want to learn more about menstrual cups or the female cycle- read on!
A few months ago in my zero waste post I mentioned how I wanted to eventually switch to using a menstrual cup. ( If you’re unfamiliar with what a menstrual cup is check out this video! )
My main motivation for switching to a menstrual cup was because it’s so much better for the environment! Pads and tampons create so much waste and I really wanted to cut that part of my waste out completely. Some other benefits are saving money, saving time, and I recently learned how tampons can be extremely cancerous so avoiding them became even more important to me!
I will say, however, that I was extremely skeptical of menstrual cups for a long long time. I thought they were gross and weird and different. I didn’t like the idea of putting a cup into my body or emptying it out at the end of the day- I now refer to this time as my “weirded out” stage.
For those of you still in this “weirded out” stage I totally get it. I had been there since 2012. So what has changed? My relationship with my body and with my menstrual cycle has changed.
Through lots of research, reading, and YouTube video watching my relationship with my period has completely shifted. The language and conversation around periods throughout history has been largely negative. Women are told that our period is gross, dirty, uncomfortable and something that we should never talk about. In reality? Our periods are beautiful, purposeful, special and a sign that our body is healthy!
If you’re interested in learning more about how amazing your body and your cycle are I recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. This book is for all women of any age and any walk of life. It’s great for women trying to become pregnant and for those trying to prevent it.
If you want to understand your body and cycle better, while loving your body and the amazing things it does, please read this book. I’ll insert a picture so you know what it looks like.