Last week I got my period. Right in the middle of my holiday with Matthew and the girls. When I realised that my period was due while we were away, I was less than thrilled. However, the whole experience was so much better than it could have been, now that I’ve started using a menstrual cup. Here’s why a menstrual cup is so convenient when you’re on holiday with toddlers.
This is a major advantage of the menstrual cup for me. I knew that we were going to be having a busy day out with uncertain access to a clean toilet. I also knew that my period was due, likely that day. So, in the morning I simply inserted my cup and got on with my day with Matthew and the girls. We spent the whole day in Brighton wandering around shops, playing on the beach and using pretty icky portaloos.
At the end of a very long, busy, fun-filled day, I went back to our holiday cottage to find that yes, my period had started at some point that day. But I had no idea when and hadn’t had to worry about popping to the toilet to check, or whether I had enough tampons or pads in my handbag.
Because menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours between emptying and washing, and generally the start of my period isn’t immediately heavy, I was able to have the cup in for the whole day without worrying about it.
I also find that my menstrual cup has a greater capacity than tampons, so even on my heaviest days, I only have to empty my cup once or twice during the day (although I accept that this may not be the case for others, with a heavier flow, but I don’t think mine is especially light). Before, I’d have the stress of leaking tampons. I can honestly say I’ve never had a leakage issue with my menstrual cup.
This is such a huge advantage when you’re running round after toddlers and barely get the opportunity to have a wee in peace, let alone sort out your period products!
When you’re on holiday with toddlers, you’ve got enough stuff in your handbag like sun cream, water bottles and discarded sun hats. With a menstrual cup, you don’t also need a whole host of different absorbency tampons, panty liners and pads. Just a cup wipe, in case you do need to empty it in a not-so-great public toilet.
I’m not overly keen on wipes for environmental reasons, but in six months of menstrual cup use, I’ve used a cup wipe twice. This is because most of the time, I’m able to wait until I’m back at home to empty and clean my cup.
Of course, as well as being far more convenient than tampons and pads, a menstrual cup is also far more sustainable. This is the reason that I initially tried out a menstrual cup, but now I’m enjoying the many practical benefits, too!
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