Rant & Rave: The Menstrual Cup

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I’m finding there are many women that have never heard of the menstrual cup! I find this sad as I love the menstrual cup and gave up on pads when I moved to Mexico.

Why did I give up on pads? Every pad in Mexico (that I have found anyway) is scented! That is not good for your lady bits. Can you imagine when I made my first trip back home, me standing in line buying 10 packs of pads to last me for a while? The lady at Walmart thought I was insane. I explained to her that I live in Mexico and they only have scented pads available and I’m not wearing those. Customs probably thought something was wrong too as they always check my luggage.

What does the cup do? The cup (for short) catches your blood just like a pad but doesn’t have any harmful chemicals. It’s just a small cup you stick up there to catch your blood. You HAVE TO BE 110% comfortable with your body and blood because you will touch yourself to get it in. You fold it up and stick it in, twist it one good time, and you can leave it in for 8-10 hours (if you’re sleeping and out and about). It’s easy enough to put in and take out without spilling (at least for me and other women I’ve talked to). Then you just wash it out with soap and water in the sink or shower. They are reusable and last for years but I buy a new one every year. Boil it once in a while to make sure it’s still good and clean though. They usually come in two sizes small and large…small for non-child bearing and large for those that have had kids. There are all different types of brands…the most famous one being the Diva Cup. I’ve tried the Diva Cup but it hurt putting it in and out for me so I switched to Lena (shown below). You also can’t beat the price as you buy it once and the cost is done for a year. I also never notice it’s in like pads and they are not uncomfortable at all. It sits about 2-3 inches in there and does not go all the way up there at all.

How do you use it? It’s easy enough to put in and take out without spilling (at least for me and other women I’ve talked to). But it might take you a few tries to get it just right AND you need to find the right brand for your lady bits. When you take it out, you just wash it with soap and water in the sink or shower. I also never notice it’s in like pads and they are not uncomfortable at all. It sits about 2-3 inches in there and does not go all the way up there at all.

Extra Information. They are reusable and last for years but I buy a new one every year. Boil it once in a while to make sure it’s still good and clean though. They usually come in two sizes small and large. Small for non-child bearing and large for those that have had kids. There are all different types of brands…the most famous one being the Diva Cup. I’ve tried the Diva Cup but it hurt putting it in and out for me so I switched to Lena (shown below). You also can’t beat the price as you buy it once and the cost is done for a year. This option also saves the environment by not throwing anything in the garbage and the cost can’t be beat compared to buying pads every month.

As I’m not a doctor, I recommend visiting the Diva Cup’s website as it holds TONS of information on the menstrual cup along with an informational video AND be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any more questions.

I’ll be hitting Mexico City’s cable cars tomorrow…so stay tuned…

Mexico City Airport

Yesterday was a disaster. I left my father’s home about 10:45am. I flew out of Houston Hobby airport even though Bush is much closer. Between using my points and luggage fees, paying the taxes ($30) and taking Lyft ($45) to the airport, flying out of Hobby is much cheaper.

I get to the airport earlier than I usually do because supposedly there was going to be extra screening for those flying to Mexico…no such thing. Found my gate and sat for about an hour until boarding time. Got on the plane just fine, but now we’re waiting for 10 people coming from a connecting flight. When did they start holding flights for people!!? We waited an hour and 10 minutes before we took off! I was beyond mad and didn’t buy any food in the airport because it’s only a 1.5 hour flight.

Get off the plane and head to customs. Customs was LONG. I usually get off the plane and it takes less than 5 minutes to get through. Not this time…everyone was flying into Mexico City. I saw Paris, Madrid, Tokyo on the luggage claim monitors. I will never fly on a Monday again that’s for sure.

By this time I’m starving, tired, sore, and frustrated. Plus it had started to rain…rainy season sucks sometimes. I headed straight from the airport to get my dog from the dog sitter. Pick him up with my huge luggage and thankful for the sitter helping me get everything in Uber again. But I’m even madder now because my dog got an eye infection and they didn’t take him to the Vet! They didn’t even tell me his eye was all green and nasty. I’ve been gone for two weeks! I could have sent them some money to take care of it. I don’t know if I’ll be using them again after this.

I finally arrive home around 6:30pm. I’m exhausted and decide to take a nap, but didn’t wake up until the next day. Again, I will not be flying out on a Monday ever again.