Working out on my period used to be such a hassle that I would find any excuse to take the whole week off from exercising. On my heavier days, I was too afraid to go anywhere near the gym for fear that I would leak all over my shorts or leggings (or worse, the treadmill!). Additionally, there were some days when working out while using a tampon was simply too uncomfortable. It was like I couldn't move around normally.
I switched over to a menstrual cup four years ago, and it was the best period-related decision I've ever made. It was definitely an adjustment in the beginning, but once I got used to the cup, I found that it made a huge difference in my fitness routine during my period each month.
The best part about using my menstrual cup is that I can take it in and out as many times as I need to. On the other hand, removing a tampon before it was fully used caused me cringing discomfort. Now I can remove my menstrual cup right before my workout, regardless of how long ago I inserted it, just so I can empty it out right before I walk into the gym. This leaves me feeling confident that no leakage will take place during my workout.
Additionally, I just feel more comfortable moving around when I use a menstrual cup. It's flexible, so it forms to my body much better and it never feels like it's going to fall out of place. Whether I'm running, lifting weights, or doing yoga when I'm on my period, I know the cup will hold in everything I need it to do.
Another small reason to love the menstrual cup is the fact that you don't have to carry around extra tampons. I can't imagine a more anxiety-inducing situation than being at the gym and realizing mid-workout that I don't have an extra tampon. That's happened to me before, and I've had to cut my workout short as a precautionary measure.
Working out on my period is still not an activity I look forward to every month, but it's infinitely easier now that I have my menstrual cup by my side. I never feel like my workout is being interfered with, and I don't worry about an accident waiting to happen. Now I have no reason not to get to the gym, period or not.
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