Are Menstrual Cups Better Than Tampons?
How Does It Feel to Work Out With a Menstrual Cup?
I couldn't wait to test out my cup during workouts. My uterus feels a little crampy and tight, and I'm in a blah mood, so exercising when I have my period always makes me feel better.
Wearing a Menstrual Cup While Running
I run on trails close to my house, so I figured this was a safe time to test out my cup. If it was uncomfortable or if it fell out (yes, this was a real fear of mine!), then I could quickly run home.
I'm happy to say that I didn't feel the cup at all! Like I mentioned earlier, tampons would slowly slip out, and I'd feel the bottom rubbing against the opening of my vagina. I'd have to stop, run to the bathroom, and take it out and wear a pad instead, which I hated! This cup didn't cause any extra pain or cramping, which I was also worried about. I also noticed that I didn't have to wear a pantyliner with the cup, which I always had to do with a tampon because it would leak. Cup: 1, Tampon: 0.
Wearing a Menstrual Cup While Doing Yoga
With all the twisting, contorted positions, and being upside down, the menstrual cup was amazing. It didn't cause more cramps, I didn't feel it, and it didn't slip around or leak! Cup: 2, Tampon: 0.
Wearing a Menstrual Cup While Doing CrossFit
This was the true test because my movements are so varied. I'm jumping rope, leaping on a box, doing burpees, sprinting, doing squats and lunges, pushing or pulling sleds, and getting upside down to practice handstand push-ups. I was psyched at how I completely forgot about the cup during my workout because I didn't feel it and it didn't leak. Cup: 3, Tampon: 0.
I had to buy tampons and pantyliners, so just the savings alone is reason enough to make the switch from tampons to a menstrual cup. Using a cup takes a little practice and getting used to, but that's no reason not to try one. You do have to spend a few minutes washing it out (and be OK with blood!), so it'll take a little more time to use compared to tampons that you just throw away, buy you'll feel good knowing you're not contributing to landfills month after month, year after year.
Within just one month of trying a menstrual cup, I'm hooked. It works better for me than tampons at preventing leaks, and allows me to exercise without thinking about my period. Since my flow is pretty light, I only have to remove it once at the end of the day. I love that I can take it on vacation, camping, or wherever and it's easy to use. Now I just need to find someone to give all my tampons to! Who wants them?