I'm sure there have been some menstrual products that have been tried and that failed, never to make it into the major consumer's hands. Back in the day women used cloths, then disposable sanitary napkins were created. Wow, what a difference that the mess can be thrown away and not washed!
But wait, it got even better than that! Sanitary napkins evolved to become thinner, better sizes, and more absorbent.
After sanitary napkins came tampons. Tampons are still not used by all, and are a judgement call for each woman, or mother when it comes to their daughter. Tampons are preferred by active women because they can participate in activities such as swimming without having a sanitary napkin balloon up to the size of a diaper.
If you are not a fan of tampons, for whatever reason, there is probably little reason for you to continue reading-but you might know someone who would be interested in the diva cup.
The newest, modern era menstrual product is a menstrual cup. I personally use the Diva Cup but there are several other brands available.
This device is worn inside the vagina and it collects the menstrual flow, rather than absorbs it as a tampon does. The best part of this product is that you don't have to empty it as often as you would change a tampon. The product makers claim that for a normal flow you can go 12 hours between emptying the cup. I usually go about 6, but this is far less than if you did it every time you went to pee.
I can be in the middle of a busy day at work and take no additional time in the bathroom because of my period.
The product is made out of medical grade silicon (so no latex allergy to worry of). And it can be easily rinsed out and washed off. Now I bet you are wondering what you do with the fluids your cup collects. The product packaging suggests tipping it and dumping it into the toilet. I don't choose this method because I don't want any fluid to drip or get on the outside of the cup so I use the sink since I am going to rinse it out anyway.
I guarantee the reason women won't try this product is because they think dumping the fluid is gross. Consider this for one minute though-the cup sits inside the vagina, so the fluid inside is not being held against any part of your body. When using a sanitary napkin, your outside private parts are resting against your flow. When using a tampon the tampon is holding your flow inside of you. So the menstrual cup is actually the most sanitary option.
As with a tampon, you are still going to have to get somewhat close with your body to change, and replace the products.
I am not going to get into all of the other details about this product because the manufacturers of the product have already invented that wheel...but if the idea of this product interests you, I very highly recommend looking into it.
Diva Cup Breakdown
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I purchased my Diva Cup from Whole Foods for around $32 and it is supposed to last for up to 2 years. This is a great on the environment and the wallet. Less products to the landfill and way less money in feminine products.