Here’s my take:
- The menstrual cup works for a primary holder
- The menstrual cup works amazingly on lighter flow days
- The menstrual cup would give you an infection if you are not particular with hygiene or unable to do so.
- Re-usable pads (especially DIY) are useless.
Re-usable pads take up a lot more effort to clean and disinfect and be kept. They aren’t the best of things to use while being out and about if you are on a heavy flow.
However, a menstrual cup works well for the following reasons:
- You can leave it in for about 4-5 hours (which is great because you usually get to use a bathroom every 2 hours at least)
- It saves you money on disposable pads. You will use less pads if you use both the menstrual cup and pads for heavier days and then cup for lighter ones.
- You can use it for mild infections for holding any remedies in.
- It is very easy to sterilize.
- It is very light and portable and does not take up much space.
Thus, my take would be YES to the menstrual cup and NO to re-usable pads. I feel it is a lot more hygienic and environmentally beneficial to simply use A LOT LESS disposable pads, than to go through the hassle with the re-usable ones.