Equestrian women are pros when it comes to dealing with their “time of the month”. After all, is there any worse combination than horseback riding and periods? With our tight and light colored pants, really long walks to the bathroom, and hours spent in the saddle, it’s a recipe for disaster. We’ve all come up with ways to minimize the risk of embarrassment, but I’m happy to tell you about the ULTIMATE solution. Menstrual cups!
If you haven’t heard about them yet, it’s a silicone, reusable, cup that’s worn internally to collect (rather than absorb) your menstrual flow. It has several advantages over pads or tampons, and after using the Diva Cup exclusively for over a year I can confidently say I’ll never go back. Here’s what convinced me to make the switch:
- Save money. I’ve estimated saving $100+ per year.
- Almost zero waste.
- No dyes, perfumes or harmful chemicals.
- Super easy to use and comfortable.
- Convenient to travel with.
- Use up to 12 hours straight.
- Ride without worrying about leaks!
Quick demo video from DivaCup.com:
Still unsure? So was I. In fact, even after hearing rave reviews from close friends and other bloggers it still took me about six months to finally order one and give it a try. But I’m so glad I did! You can find them on Amazon (most are under $40) and health food stores often carry them as well. Check the different size options (usually pre-childbirth and post-childbirth) and be sure to order the right one. Expect it to take about 3 cycles before you’re completely comfortable with the process. After that it’s easy, and will completely change horseback riding during your period!
Have you tried a menstrual cup yet?