But first, let me tell you a story.
My name is Dakota-Marie Hoover-Sessions, and I am one of the girls behind EssentialSurvival.Tips.
Some time ago a friend from EssentialSurvival.Tips' blog asked me why I would not discuss feminine hygiene concerns when it comes to preparedness & survival in less-than-hygienic conditions.
C'mon girls! Actually, I'm all for it.
I was just not sure all my readers were ready for it too...
Anyway, here is the story:
While I first started to be involved with EssentialSurvival.Tips, I talked about men's gear, because, that was what everybody was talking about... It did not take me long to realize that this was a mistake. A lot of us are making it without men. Like the last J.O. showed us, we are running, jumping, swimming better than most men. We are bearing babies, taking care of them, and doing stuff that those Mr. Right won't do.
I fear a disruption in the supply chain because of social upheaval caused by natural disasters or rigged elections, so, even though I was in the process of buying extra foods & other survival fundamentals before supermarket shelves are emptied, I stocked up on many boxes of tampons and a few of hygienic pads. I also waited for coupons in the newspaper for my preferred brand and bought them when they were on sale.
That was actually a poor approach.
I realized that if a disaster struck, I would have enough tampons only to last several months...
That's when I discovered the Menstrual Cup, and suddenly all changed. A $40 purchase (that was the price at the time - it's a lot cheaper now) caused all those tampons and pads to be obsolete, and from the start, I was hooked on the menstrual cup.
Let's start with the idea behind this cup. A small-ish silicone cone is inserted at about the same spot as a tampon. From there, it collects the “fluids” over time.
Once in there, I forgot the Menstrual Cup was even there. It was doing its job unobtrusively, which is all I ever asked for a feminine hygiene tampon. It continued doing its job for up to half a day.
Yes, that's no typo here. Up to 12 hours!! I don’t have any more to hurry to a toilet several times daily or wake up and run to the bathroom to deal with “issues” during the night because the Menstrual Cup is leak-proof.
There is one drawback, though...
When the Menstrual Cup is removed, and its content dumped into the toilet, you need to rinse it before being re-inserted. When I’m at home, this isn’t a big deal, but it may be a little complicated if you were using a public restroom.
So, the solution is to purchase 2 Menstrual Cups & rotate them, You just place the dirty cup in a Ziploc bag until it can be thoroughly cleaned, with regular soap & warm water. It's made of silicone, so you absolutely don't need any particular type of cleaning solvent because the fluids won't stick.
Now, you won't believe me, but I don't worry when it's time for my period every month since I get to use the Menstrual Cup! I absolutely love it and will never go back to using anything else.