Miss Moneybags

The Secret Order Of Menstrual Cup Wearers

After ten years of thinking about it and reading hundreds of great reviews online, I finally bought a Diva Cup to replace tampons. It arrived today in a box containing a little purple carrying bag and an enameled metal flower-shaped lapel pin that says “Diva” on it. So, I guess I’m in the club or something because I’ve got the pin? I can’t believe that someone thought that this was good marketing. It was probably dreamed up by that same guy who wrote the copy for that commercial where the woman turns to the camera and says with total sincerity, “The best part about being a woman is wearing a maxi!”

Um, yeah.

Needless to say, the pin has been thrown into the future garage sale box where it will no doubt be purchased by a woman who already owns a collection of baby tees that say things like, “Who wouldn’t want to be me?” and “Spoiled and hot!” who will be completely unaware that she’s guerilla marketing a menstrual product.

Psssst…for anyone who is interested, since this post is all about oversharing, I purchased a Diva Cup for several reasons:

1. Environmental
Over her lifetime, the average woman uses 8,928 tampons or pads. That’s a lot of plastic that goes into the landfill.

2. Health
Tampons, and their applicators are made from plastic containing dioxin which can be absorbed by the human body and dispersed into the air when cities incinerate their trash. Same thing for disposable pads. Due to this fact, I’ve been using organic cotton tampons that have cardboard applicators that are compostable. However, these tampons are only made in Germany, so the oil miles used to get tampons to my home in the US has an huge environmental cost for a single use item.

3. Financial
My fancy pants German tampons cost $6.00 per 20 count box. The Diva Cup costs $35.00 and lasts at least ten years. In six months, I’ll be able to start saving $72.00 year on tampons. Over ten years that’s a $720.00 savings!

4. Personal
Another alternative to the Diva Cup are reusable sanitary napkins. To me, wearing a pad is like sitting in a wet diaper, which is why I used tampons in the first place.

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