Not long ago, in Paris, took place the COP21, topic on which I won’t talk here… But, I will talk about the CUP21, which is, for sure, a real planet saver! Dear female reader, this article is for you. Dear male reader, you can jump to the next article (except if you are really curious).
What I called the CUP21, in real life, it is just the cup… the menstrual cup (dear male reader, told ya!). But CUP21 isn’t funnier 😀 ?
First of all, let me introduce the CUP21. A cup looks like this:
The amazing assets of the CUP21
- Made out surgical silicone (so except if you are allergic, and I am actually pretty sure there are alternatives, no irritations or imbalances, unlike tampons).
- No smell (well, without oxygen, no smell, same than tampons).
- You can’t see it (so no problem for the beach or swimming pool, even if you are naturist).
- It is cheap (around 20 euros for a 10 year use, compared to 192€ of tampons for the same lenght!).
- It is discreet (if it is inserted properly, you don’t feel it).
- You can keep it on (or in…) for up to 12 hours (soooo cool, specially when you travel!).
- It is tiny and you can sneak it everywhere (today, I leave for 5 months in West Africa. Do you imagine the stock of tampons I should have taken?!).
- It is green (no, not the color… even if it could)! You are done with the infinite waste!
The cons of the CUP21 (that are not really after few uses, you’ll see)
- You need to be confident with your body (if you have never used tampons without applicators, you will need a little time to adapt).
- You have to be comfortable with the sight of blood (well… yeah, there will be blood…).
- You will always need to have access to some clean water to rince it.
Good, but in fact to finally convince you, I invite you to watch this great funny video, which tell you everything, and eve, explains how that works -in French- (thanks Madmoizelle) !
You’ll see, if you try, you’ll love it. I promise. It’s magical.
Maintenance of your CUP21
At the end of your menstruations, you have 2 options:
- Either you put it in boiling water in a pan (being carefull so it doesn’t touch the edges, or it will melt) to disinfect, before puting it back in its little bag, ready for the next use.
- Or, as some might be a little disgusted to cook quinoa in the same pan and that it would be a pity to condemn a pan just for this, you can use a jar (that you can label “my cup’s jar” just to make sure), in which you pour some boiled water, some baking soda (and eventually a tea spoon of white vinegar) before putting your cup in in. Than lid it up, let it disinfect for few hours, before putting it back in its little bag, ready for next use.
So, are you conviced? Dear male reader, if you’ve read the whole article, congrats, I now invite you to share this article with your girl friends!).
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