Who am I?
First of all, hello and welcome to my website! Let me introduce myself: I’m a French woman in my early thirties. I work as free lancer on the net. As you may have noticed already, I am a big fan of menstrual cups :) I wanted to share with you my experience with them and how the idea of this website came to me.
Me « before the cups » ?
I’ve always hated pads, I found them unhygienic, uncomfortable, highly unsexy, and the amount of waste they produce is just something I started feeling conscious about. As for tampons, it was the only other alternative I could think of at the time. I couldn’t handle the ones without applicator because they are difficult to insert. So to increase my guilt, I only used the ones with plastic applicators…Then again it’s the same problem with the wrapping and plastic left behind. It just seemed crazy to me to throw away an applicator I was going to use for 5 seconds to put another product that I was going to keep 4h.
Instinctively it felt wrong putting a bleached cotton thing inside of my body. I often could feel it, it caused me irritations and pain specially at the removal. The smell that goes along is not very pleasant either…I spare you the details, I think all tampons users out there can relate to what I’m saying here.
I wasn’t surprise to read later on about tampons, the TSS (toxic shock syndrome), the rayon fibers, the dioxin etc.. I knew there’s gotta be a better and easier way to handle our menstrual flow!
• Removing the tampon
I often found it painful specially when it wasn’t saturated, which happens quite often if you change it every 4h as you should. It actually causes micro lacerations to the vagina wall leaving you prone to infections.
• Getting rid of the “body”
If you are at someone’s place, it’s always embarrassing leaving your soiled tampon behind hoping that someone will change the bin in the next couple of days. But what can you do? Sticking it in your handbag is not really an option. The problem remains the same at home, they don’t look/smell any better your bin! That’s where the temptation of flushing it down the toilet becomes irresistible…No need to say that is causing lots of plumbing problems on top of polluting.
• In public places
These so called “Hygienic bins” (when there is one available) where you have to take toilet paper to open the lid maculated with blood is never very inviting. I’ve always wondered: what do they really do with the waste anyway?
• The smell
Tampons or pads, the problem remains the same. Let’s be clear: if you keep something absorbing blood for hours that is in contact with the air (yes even if you wear a tampon) there is an oxidation that can not be stopped. That’s why your tampon has a funny color and your nostrils can tell. Who can honestly say that they didn’t wonder if anyone else could smell it at times?
• Leakage issue
When a tampon or pad, no matter the size, has reached its maximal potential of absorption, well then they don’t absorb anymore and you will leak…
When I looked into all of this cup vs tampons, I read lots of articles about TSS (toxic shock syndrome) and started to hear all about those chemicals used in tampons and pads and of the dioxin that is known to be linked to cancer (why and how do you think those tampons are so white?). Cotton and rayon fibers that leave fibers behind, stick a tampon in a glass of water and see how many loose fibers are floating around…That is something your body will have to flush out on its own. Actually a tampon is made out of about 5% cotton and the rest is Rayon/viscose which is made from plastic. There is a few brands such as Natracare who makes tampons in 100% organic cotton woven in a way that they don’t shed fibers. It is much better but it’s the whole idea of absorbing the flow that might cause TSS.
All that to say that I was more than ready to find a better alternative!
How I discovered menstrual cups?
In 2009, I was living in Australia at the time, I walked into a little herbal store and saw this little thing looking like a funnel, it was written “menstrual” something so I assumed it was for periods, but didn’t have a clue how it worked. I was traveling a lot specially at the time and finding tampons in India, for example, was quite a challenge so I liked the idea of this little device that could fit in my handbag ready to save me anytime wherever I was. I thought about it for a bit, did a bit of online research and made up my mind. I knew it couldn’t possibly be worse than tampons so it was worth a shot.
When I first started using it, I must admit, it was a bit challenging. I couldn’t understand out how it could hold like that by itself, how come I couldn’t feel it since it was bigger than a tampon, why it didn’t leak etc… No longer than a few days later I was convinced. I was so enthusiastic about it, I gave the sale speech to all my closest girlfriends encouraging them to get one to try it out!
My first time with a cup
My first cup was a Divacup. Even after reading the whole user guide, I struggled to insert it, I even thought I’ll never make it. I couldn’t keep it folded and insert it at the same time, I wondered if it was placed correctly etc…3 days later I got the hang of it and never looked back since. Try to remember your first time with a tampon, probably wasn’t easy, now there is a revolutionary product. You may feel clumsy the first few days but it won’t last. I am positive you will be as thrilled as I was and as the other millions of cup users out there!
It didn’t take me long to talk about it in my inner circle of friends. I got a bit surprised by the common “yak” reaction. What’s with the disgusted faces? It was mostly the idea of re-using that was the main issue. Once I explained more in details with pro and cons, attitude changed toward a curiosity to try it. The feedback was very rewarding, no one went back to tampons or pads, they all said they felt cleaner and that it made their periods a lot easier. As I talked about cups around me I realized it’s a very appealing product, how can a woman not be in interested in:
• Feeling healthier,
• Preserving the environment,
• Saving money,
• Not having to worry about buying disposables every month.
I wanted to share this with as many women as possible. What better ways for that than internet? It is my field of work and I was happy to use it for this good cause.
I had a look on the net to see what was out here and was happy to find out there is actually many brands manufacturing cups. I wanted to make this site like a portal of information for all the brands available on the market today. You can compare them in terms of sizes, colors, prices and country of origin.
How to participate to this mission?
The goal of this website is not only to help you choose the right cup but also to encourage the word to mouth. This is why I have created an affiliate program.
Once you are an affiliate you can simply send your link thru facebook, twitter, email, blog etc. Your commission will be credited instantly on your paypal account on whatever sales has been made thru your link.
Everyone is happy:
• the cup manufacturers gets more exposure
• they make money, we make money
• we all get the satisfaction to spread the news, every cup sold means 325 less disposables thrown away per year per woman!
This is my aim, spreading the word around to contribute in my own way to make this world cleaner, women healthier, hoping you will also soon be part of this aim…And just because you are a man it doesn’t mean you can’t advertise to your girlfriends ;)