Menstrual cups are trendy right now. They are hailed as an affordable, environmentally friendly way to manage menstruation. Although I am amazed by all the advantages, there are some significant disadvantages that I don't think people speak about enough. Here are some of the kinks I wish I knew about the cup before I tried it:
The stigma that surrounds periods is still alive in society, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Cishet men are still making jokes about people on their periods or thinking it’s ‘disgusting’, and folks who have periods are more likely to hide their menstrual products than to openly hold them out in their hands. This is especially true in public settings like high school, college/university and work. What makes this stigma worse is folks with periods shaming others for using pads rather than tampons or even a DivaCup.