My uterus and I had a complicated relationship, and a rather messy break up. About a week after my hysterectomy, I came across my menstrual cup and it hit me — I no longer need it post-hysterectomy. I’ll never need it ever again.
It’s time for me to let it go. But… I keep hesitating.
I think I need a ritual, a rite of passage, some symbolic way to move on from where I was to where I am. Disposing of my menstrual cup feels like an opportunity for just that. Anyone have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts on the matter? – Sable
Having a period for most of our lives can mean it becomes its own sort of ritual, for better or for worse. You hate it, love it, or you embrace it as a natural part of your life and anatomy. And if you were able to do that, hurrah! But you’re right, once you’ve embraced it, you’ll eventually lose it, either naturally in menopause or otherwise.
We’ve talked about ritualising the departing of a loved one, saying goodbye to your last name, private and symbolic memorials, and even having a self-love photo shoot to celebrate a milestone (or the end of one).
There may be some wisdom to glean from any one of these rituals, but ultimately it will come down to you. Maybe it’s a ceremony where you bury your menstrual cup or send it out to sea with some words of celebration for all of which our bodies are capable. Maybe it’s spending the “disposal day” on some self-care: a massage, some reiki, a manicure, some intentional reading, or something else that celebrates your freedom and health as a former period-haver.
It could even be a little mentorship session with a younger person in your life who may need some education or validation about their own cycle, if that’s an option for you.
Fellow Homies: do you have any ideas for a way to symbolically dispose of a no longer needed menstrual cup? Share with us in the comments!