In 2014 I started using a Menstrual Cup, and it has seriously transformed my menstruation week from inconvenient and uncomfortable to empowering and sacred!
For an event that happens every 28 days (for me 32 days) for a big chunk of my life span, a shift in perspective and the way I manage my cycle is a pretty big deal to me.
How I discovered the Menstrual Cup…
Earlier in the year I was on a business meeting visiting a client in a suburban business district when I got my period. Sans tampons and any shops close by to buy provisions, I asked my colleague (and fellow yogini) for a tampon to which she said she only had her ‘Moon Cup’ in her handbag, which she was not prepared to share (and fairly so).
My little ears pricked up…
I flashed back to a memory about 3 years prior of one of my hippy male friends mentioning to me about cups you insert inside your vagina to capture the blood during your period and how he wanted his girlfriend to start wearing one during her menstrual cycle because he felt it was more sustainable for the planet and sacred for her.
Due to my naivety and immaturity at the time, I screwed up my nose and said something along the lines of…. ‘eww that’s gross’.
Fast forward a few years and some spiritual growth later, and I had Menstrual Cup ENVY whilst on my business meeting!
That day, on the way back from my business meeting I bought me a Menstrual Cup and have not bought tampons ever since!
It’s changed my life and my cycle for a few different reasons…
1. I’m saving the environment
Depending on your moon cycle, a typical woman will use approximately about 7-10 night-time maxi pads per cycle and about 20-30 tampons per cycle, which ultimately creates a heck of a lot of landfill and water-way problems when you consider there is about 4 billion women in the world.
Looking at the bigger picture, I feel really great that I am not polluting this Earth with such a huge amount earth plastic, non biodegradable and synthetic fibres ever month.
Hence on a human and nature level, it feels good, right, and empowering for me to use the cup.
2. I’m giving back to nature
I am fortunate enough to have a toilet that resides outside of my beach shack home (unfortunate for some hehe) so I usually empty my blood from the cup back into the earth.
There is something about this process that is very sacred and healing for me – like I am giving back to nature; an offering of my own blood.
This blood offering to nature is a beautiful ritual for me, which is an important part of embodying the ‘divine feminine’. Rewind hundreds and thousands of years ago and rituals, especially around a womans’ moon cycle, were incredibly powerful…and essential. Women’s bodies would naturally synchronise their moon cycles at the same time and commune into the ‘red tent’ to have their periods together – to heal, nurture and be gentle in each other’s presence. Hence, rituals are important as a woman.
3. It feels better for my yoni
Rather than stuffing a synthetic tampon inside me, which inevitably leaves debris inside after pulling it out and essentially ‘blocks’ the flow, I simply FEEL better having the cup inside me capturing the blood – on a physical and energetic level.
Once it’s placed correctly inside I cannot feel the cup (just like a tampon). It’s not uncomfortable in the slightest.
I also don’t freak out if I have left it in there too long, like I would if I left a tampon in.
It simply feels cleaner. Lighter. Fresher. And more conscious.
4. I witness + appreciate my own blood and the functioning of my body
There is something about seeing and witnessing your own blood that strikes a chord within. Besides, it’s only natural to bleed right? So why should it be so icky to see a cup of your own blood?
When I first started using the cup, I was a bit taken aback; I couldn’t believe that that was MY blood, from MY uterus shedding her walls. It seemed a little surreal, especially since I never see my blood…except for maybe when I accidentally cut myself with a kitchen knife.
I gradually became more comfortable with seeing my blood (before I would surely faint at the sight of blood) and started to observe and actually appreciate seeing the colour and texture change as my flow graduated from heavy to light.
It was an inner knowingness of what is within me; an appreciation for my womanhood, my body, it’s functioning, its purpose, my womb health & fertility, and the balancing of my hormones.
It’s a remembrance that I am human. I am woman. And I bleed. Whoa!
5. I save money!
Every month I would spent about $20 + on sanitary items, which over a long period of time it adds up.
For some people this is not even a drop in the pond, however for other people it may be a substantial part of their income.
The world has not made pads and tampons very affordable, which is extremely sad for low socio-economic societies. Hence promoting menstrual cups would be a great way for women with low income to save money.
I am consicous of where I spend my money and who I support, and I would personally prefer to save that cash and spend it on myself in other, more enriching ways!
How I use the Moon Cup
Every woman is different and hence every woman’s cycle, yoni shape and sensitivity is different.
For me personally I cannot use the cup on the first day of my cycle as my yoni is super achey and sensitive, so I prefer to wear a pad. However after the sensitivity of my yoni recedes after the first day, I use it every day, changing it perhaps two or three times, depending on the flow.
I use the one-size-fits-all cup and it works fine for me, however it’s good to know if your yoni is especially larger or smaller in size as Menstrual Cups online site sell different sizes. Perhaps also ask your partner, or experiment with yourself throughout your own self pleasure or jade egg practise? It’s good to know your body!
I make sure I sterilise the cup before each use with warm-hot water or a spray/wipes that are available on the site below.
It took me a couple of times to insert it effectively, however, again, all it required was some yoni knowledge and experimentation, trial and error, self love and some gentle patience.
Buy your own Moon Cup
For people who follow my blog, you would know that I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher which means I wear a lot of white clothing! This can be a little inconvenient when bleeding and teaching (yes, I have had a leakage on white tights experience whilst in Bali during my YTT), however going forward if I have had to teach a class whilst I am on my period I will wear the cup and a panty liner or pad just in case of any unexpected leaks as no one want to see that!
** Just to keep you hanging, I will be posting an article soon on the uses of your menstrual blood, so watch this space!
To go to the online shop and buy a cup click here: http://shop.menstrualcup.co/
Enjoy your cup and saving the planet!