Periods are the worst. Truly. Every month, I have the same thought: I can't believe I actually have to go through this EVERY month for most of my adult life. Untamable cramping that is unrelenting even with ibuprofen and cradling a heating pad 24/7 like your newborn child, bloating and discomfort in your own skin that you work so hard to accept (amiright?), oh, and literal blood uncontrollably exiting your body. At the end of the day, periods are a thing we have to deal with, so why not make it a little easier on ourselves?
ATTENTION: ALL PERIOD HAVERS!!!!!
You need to try a menstrual cup. I know it sounds scary, but I swear it's the best thing ever. I was super late to the menstrual cup party and spent years making excuses for what I thought was "gross." Let me tell you something, friends. I have never felt less gross on my period than when I'm using my menstrual cup. It's way more cost effective than tampons and pads, it doesn't leak or leave you with the all-too-familiar period smell, you don't have to constantly change it throughout the day, and (drum roll, please...) PEOPLE HAVEN'T USED IT AND DIED FROM TSS! Woohoo life! Menstrual cups don't alleviate the cramps and bloating, but it's amazing how much more bearable periods are when you aren't spending money every month on tampons, or constantly worrying that you will bleed through your white pants.
Now, menstrual cups have technically been a thing in North America since the late 1930s, but they never really caught on. Why has there been so much mainstream resistance to the menstrual cup, you ask? I mean, when was the last time you saw a commercial for a menstrual cup? Well, I'm going to blame that one on #patriarchy and fear of non CIS male bodies. But fear not! Those days are over! So get comfy with yourself and let me convince you to give it a try!