Remember when you first got your period, and a trusted adult handed over a pack of pads and explained how to use them? Or maybe your trusted adult introduced you to tampons. Well, these days we have an additional tool at our disposal: menstrual cups. These handy devices are being praised by period-having people who are done with the cost and waste of disposable pads and tampons. That said, using menstrual cups can result in some epic fails.
Personally, I’ve been debating about taking the plunge with a cup for some time now, and haven't been able to really jump into the deep end just yet. I’ve heard stories, both good and bad (but mostly good), about making the switch, and I'd be lying if I said those stories haven't made the decision difficult to make. That’s why I thought I would talk to some other moms who use menstrual cups, so I could get a firsthand account of the experience. When I’m going to try something new, I always prefer to do my research and make sure I know what I’m getting into.
While most of these stories are slightly horrifying, they’re also hilarious and not the sort of thing that would put me off using a cup. In fact, I’m more determined than ever to ask Santa for one this year (OK, I’ll probably just buy it myself for fear of my husband accidentally buying me a small funnel, or something equally ridiculous, instead). But in all seriousness, if you're like me and you're still trying to decide whether or not to make the switch, consider these women's experiences: