I’ve been aiming to write this post but I’ve been hesitant because it deals with a squeamish topic for some: menstruation. So if this isn’t your cup of tea, stop reading. I mean it! Come back tomorrow! I’ll be posting about my vacation plans then, it’ll be fun.
Still here? Great! So, March 8th is International Woman’s Day and it got me thinking about the fact that there are so many prices to pay for being a woman. I’m not going to speak of all of them but I will touch on the pink tax. The fact that women pay more for the same product, which is why I invest in as many men ‘beauty’ products as I can. Unfortunately men don’t get periods so there are to be no savings for me. So every month I purchased ‘female sanitary products’ and frankly it’s an astounding amount that came out of my misc. budget.
Then life changed in the form of the Diva Cup. Before I tell you my story please know that just because it worked for me doesn’t mean that you should do it. If you’re female, you’re used to people telling you what you should or should not do to/with your body. This isn’t one of those. It’s YOUR body! Do what makes you happy and comfortable.
Now I’ll share the story:
I’ve been hearing about the Diva Cup for ~10 years now. First from a woman who shared way too much information at all times e.g “You have to see this bra! It gives me the best support! Want to see the difference?” The answer was no. Then from someone who is a bit of a hippie Martha Stewart which means that though I love her I never think that I can do the things she does. I have yet to be able to grow all my own produce to make the simple homemade garden salsa recipe she shared about 5 years ago to get me started on my gardening journey. And finally from someone who gave me a description that was like something out of a horror movie, with a straight face and enough shuddering to stop any further thoughts.
Then a high school friend who, in spite of not seeing in too long, I felt could be a trusted voice in this messy world of periods.
With her Facebook endorsements shining I purchased my Diva Cup, on sale for $30.
Day 1: She’s lost it. This is horrible. Great Google! This is a crazy story… she had it in her for how long!
Day 2: I maybe shouldn’t take advice from facebook friends no matter how cute their cat is and how compatible their pins.
Day 3: Not bad! I’ve got this now. I just needed to cut the tippy thing. Google you great liar!
Day 4: See, she’s still the same highschool rocker who has great knowledge! Thank god she shared. I’m going to save so much money!
It went on like day 4 for the rest of it. It’s month five and things are going bloody well!
Frankly this was probably the most expensive part of being female. I’ve gone from spending $20/ month on feminine care to not having purchased pads in months! I simply wear one the first day in case of leaking but then it’s all fine.
If you’re squeamish or don’t like dealing with the blood, avoid it! It gets less messy but seriously there’s always a bit of mess.
If you don’t have access to a private bathroom (one with a sink that isn’t shared) when menstruating and have heavy periods, avoid it. My first day I’ve got to change during working hours but after that it lightens up and I can use the regular facilities.