Plastic Free Period with Dot Cup
Last year I celebrated 1 year of commitment to using my reusable cup/bags and participating in ocean clean ups. As I became hyper aware of my own plastic waste, I started to look for other ways to change. Like a sign, Dot Cup started following me on Instagram. Dot Cup is a menstrual cup, an alternative to tampons and pads which are packaged and made with plastic. Not to mention chemical ingredients that have no business being inside anyone’s body!
Crazy fact: “The average woman uses 11,000 tampons in her lifetime. Together with pads and panty liners they make up 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.” An each tampon or pad can take up to 500 years to decompose! - Read more info from PebbleMag.com HERE. That is insane and I don’t want to be a part of it.
I made the switch last November and have completed my 4th period using my Dot Cup. It has been a greater joy than I expected. The time I save not worrying about changing it every 2 hours (you can wear your cup for 12!!) or going to by more tampons at the store is heavenly. Switching to the silicon cup will save me over $100 this year and they last for 10 years. That is over 1,000 dollars, heck yes! Overall, I feel cleaner and more in control during my period than ever before.
This post is not sponsored. I had checked out menstrual cups and the drugstore before but I didn’t feel sure about them. When I browsed the Dot Cup website I found all the information I needed. I liked the black color they chose and I felt that their cup sizing would fit my body better.( Check out their FAQ for all the details.) But what hit the spot for me to make the purchase was the fact that when you buy a cup, they give a cup to a girl in need.
“On average, a young girl in a developing nation will miss around 60 days of school each year due to a lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. No person should be forced to fall behind in school or work because of a natural and beautiful part of their human anatomy. " - Dot Empowers . I personally suffered many missed days in school from debilitating period symptoms and absolutely love that Dot Cup gives women the “opportunity to prioritize her education, work, and community involvement without shame or interruption.” Although I’ll never meet her, I feel powerful knowing my period isn’t going to get in the way of my life and hers won’t either.
If you are curious about insertion, it is a piece of cake after finding the right way to fold it. I use the Punch Down Fold. It makes the cup kinda look like a flower. Once it is placed inside you don’t feel it at all! Except for when the cup opens, you can sometimes feel that happen but it doesn’t hurt, you can just feel the little movement of it settling. Removal the first time was a little uncomfortable, but I found the angle that is easiest for me. The process varies for everyone!. My body had a moment of, “what is this?!” the first week, in the form of slight tenderness but is now perfectly fine. I don’t see myself ever going back to cotton!
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Anything you can do, I can do bleeding.