I've heard of some friends saying that female supplies should be free, much like toilet paper is free when you go to a public restroom. If you feel that way, there are products out there that are fairly inexpensive, and can be used again and again. Because there are alternative products out there, I'm against women's time of the month products being publicly free.
Try a Menstrual Cup:
I know...I was weary at first. I think I had my first menstrual cup for 4 months before I was finally willing to try it out. Human's are so interesting when it comes to change. We want change for the better, but if it's new to us we're either excited about it, or stand offish.
My sister said, "Do you want to try a menstrual cup? I can get you one." I'm like, "I already have one. I just need to try it." I watched a few videos on YouTube where a girl from the UK talked about putting them in, and taking them out before I was comfortable to try mine. In the UK they are much more open, and willing to try new things.
What the Set Comes With:
It comes with 3 cups. You have the choice of small or large. I do wish the set had an option of one cup being small (for light days), one cup being medium (for mid cycle), and one cup being large (for heavy days). They are all different colors, so it would be easy to have them small, medium and large, and to know the difference. Instead I'll have one at home, one in my purse, and one at work.
It comes with a small fabric bag. The bag will stay in my purse.
Then there's an instruction manual. It shows how to use the cup.
Where to Get the Set:
You can get it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L1KMK5Q, for $16.99 for a set of 3 small, or 3 large. The sets are on Prime. The cost is great considering you can reuse these over and over again.
Most women spends $120 a year on menstrual products a year. The cup lasts for up to 10 years.
Is it Gross?
The quick answer is no. Not anymore gross than tampons, pads or diapers. If you think differently than the quick no answer, than you haven't tried them. You are being judgmental like I was before I tried them.
There's no tampon string you pee on, and remove. Yuck! There's no bleach you are inserting into your body. Double yuck!
There's nothing clogging up the toilet. I remember when I was a teen, my parents had a plumber out to fix the toilet my sister and I used. Tampons messed it up! I was mortified!
There's a student worker that dumps the trash. She said, "It's so gross that people do not wrap their pads with tissue before dumping them. I agree. No one wants to see that! At the same time it is what it is. I don't like waisting toilet paper when it's only serving the purpose of covering something up. With the cup I use pads way less!
The clean up isn't gross. You take it out, and dump it in the toilet. At home I wash it in the sink before putting it back in. At work I wipe it with toilet paper before putting it back in.
Another great thing, the duration of when you need to change a cup vs. when you need to change a tampon is way higher.
There are no worries about Toxic Shock Syndrome; that tampons can cause. You can leave a cup in for up to 24 hours! I change mine more often during heavier times.
How to Use a Cup:
Step 1 - Boil them in water. You can do this between cycles.
Step 2 - Wash your hands.
Step 3 - It's a medical grade silicone, so they bend easily. Twist it up in your hand like so...
Step 4 - Insert it. Put it up until silicone end is left to grab. It will pop out on the inside.
Step 5 - I have mine in all morning long on heavy days, and most of the day on light days. When it's to be removed. I was scared to take it out the first few times. You just pull the "nub" is what I call it. It comes out just enough to push on the body of it to make the suction go away. It comes out easily after that.
I dump it, and wash it if possible.
Simple! Less money! Less waist! Less toxic issues!
Discloser: I got this product for free to help with this review. The company did not tell me what to write, or say.