This post is sponsored by OrganiCup, the award-winning menstrual cup that replaces pads and tampons.
When: Sophomore year of high school. Where: The small bathroom in the hallway by the senior lockers, Pepto-Bismol pink bathroom stalls and a never-stocked tampon dispenser. Who: Me and my best friend and our very new friend, an exchange student from Uzbekistan. What: A comedy of errors in trying to convey, using simple English and a bit of decorum, how she might endeavor to insert a tampon.
This particular exchange was complicated by a language barrier and tiny bathroom stalls, but it’s indicative of how most people learn how to handle their periods—by asking their friends for advice and trying new solutions until they find one that fits—literally and figuratively. This week, OrganiCup is offering RMTL readers (and their friends) a special chance to give their reusable menstrual cup a try. With a special code, you and a friend can get two OrganiCups for the price of one. (Details below.)
It’s been a few years since I first wrote about attempting a more sustainable period. And, at the risk of oversharing, it’s been a few years since I’ve gotten my period, period. (Not to worry. I’m still nursing Silas and my menstrual cycle hasn’t regulated yet. Every body’s different, etc.) In case you weren’t around for the first post, I’ll sum it up by saying that at the time of writing, I was looking for ways to shift my habits toward a more sustainable menstrual cycle. And while I hadn’t been brave enough to try a reusable menstrual cup myself, I was eager to see how after twenty years of being a person with a period, I could shift my habits.
When I asked in that post if there were any eco-champs using menstrual cups out there, I wasn’t expecting just how many would pipe up. I was a little surprised, but mostly I was impressed. Not just by the general do-gooding, but by the sincere enthusiasm.
What’s an OrganiCup? A small, FDA-approved medical-grade silicone cup that you insert into your vagina to collect menstrual blood. It’s free of bleach, glue, perfume, and lotion, and it provides twelve hours of protection against leaks, which means that you can sleep with it or wear it for a whole day without worrying about it. When you’re ready to empty it, you simply remove it, dump the menstrual blood, and give it a rinse. OrganiCup offers their menstrual cups in two sizes. Each cup is minimally packaged and comes with a small cotton bag for stowing. The company confirms what so many commenters told me in that post: that menstrual cups are exceedingly simple to use and that they leave you with a period that’s not only more environmentally friendly, but healthier, more comfortable, and more economical, too. I’m so eager to give mine a try.
If you’d like to try an OrganiCup, the company is offering a special offer for you and a friend. Use the code READTEALEAVES to receive two OrganiCups for the price of one. (NB. When applying the code, your order will automatically be doubled. Unfortunately, there’s no way to combine two differently sized cups, so please pair up with someone who needs the same size cup as you! Head here to determine which size would be right for you.) The code expires July 29, 2018.
This post was sponsored by OrganiCup. Opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.