Remember when last year, I started using the OrganiCup and I told you all about it? Well, I’ve been using it for over a year now and would love to share my experience with you.
If you don’t have a clue what an OrganiCup is, here’s what I told you last year: the OrganiCup is used when a person is on her period, as a substitute for tampons or pads. It’s a small cup made from soft, allergy- friendly silicone that you insert down there. The cup will catch all the blood and every now and then you get it out and clean it. OrganiCup promises: ‘No, it won’t fall out (not even if you do a triple somersault). Due to the vacuum, the menstrual blood won’t come into contact with air = no odor issues, ultra hygienic and antibacterial.’
‘OrganiCup can contain 3 times more than pads and tampons, which means most people just need to empty it morning and evening = no interruptions during the day. Or night. And did you know that about ¼ of the fluids absorbed by a tampon are natural and necessary vaginal secretions? OrganiCup only collects, thus eliminating irritation and dryness while ensuring the natural pH-balance is kept intact.’ It also lasts years and only costs €24. Sounds interesting, right? You have to practice a bit before you get your real period, so that’s what I will be doing. Read more here.
Fast forward one year
I feel very lucky to live in an era where there are initiatives like the OrganiCup. My mother in law told me that it would have made her life easier if the cup was available thirty years ago. I don’t always use the cup during my period. Sometimes I prefer the easiness of tampons. But it definitely makes my life easier. Especially when you have busy days or days where you’re nowhere near a (clean) bathroom. And that is exactly the reason that it’s one of the things on top my travel packing list.
Traveling with the OrganiCup
I’ve had to big trips in the past year: Nicaragua and India. In Nicaragua, I spend the first week surfing. Now, you can understand that being on your period and wanting to surf isn’t always easy. Plus: it happens every often that there’s no water supply for a couple of hours in Nicaragua, so bathrooms are closed. I was SO happy to use the OrganiCup. I would just insert it in the morning, drive off to the beach with the rest of the surf crew, spend the entire day on the beach and drive back to the surf camp at night. All that, without worrying about my period. Such a blessing.
In India, the bathrooms were VERY dirty most of the times. Especially on the road. And since India is very big, I spend 14 hours in a train or 8 hours or even more on end in a car quite often. The bathrooms on the road grossed me out, so knowing that I could rely on the OrganiCup was really a relief. On top of that, I went trekking in the Himalayas where the only bathroom break would be during lunch. Again: I was so happy that I didn’t have to think about my period during the trekking.
How to clean the cup after using it? It’s very easy. There are special wipes made from organic cotton, that you can use to clean the cup when traveling. Otherwise, you can empty it and clean it with boiling water at home.
As you know, I like to make conscious decisions. Using a menstrual cup is part of that. Why? Have you ever thought about how much plastic you use by using tampons or pads every month? News flash: it’s a lot! By using a cup, that you buy once, you use less or even no tampons (wrapped in plastic) or sanitary towels (also packaged in plastic). The cup lasts at least ten years, which saves so many plastic. Plus: it’s also very favorable for your wallet!
Want to learn more about how to use the cup? Check out the website OrganiCup.com.
New Year, New me
What better way than to start your New Years Resolutions than with something that makes your life easier and is better for the environment? Before I tried the OrganiCup, I was curious but also a tiny bit scared. I mean: using a cup instead of tampons or pads, it does sound a little scary. But honestly, since I’ve been using it, I can’t imagine how I did things differently (like surfing a whole day, while on my period). And when you get used to it, it’s super easy to use and it doesn’t hurt at all. Promise.
Curious? Well, as you know the cup isn’t very expensive compared to using pads and tampons every month. But because I’m such a big fan, I’ve arranged a discount code for you. If you use the code gabkoster, you get a free OrganiCup with your OrganiCup-order. So you can order together with a friend, for example.