I still cannot believe I used to think using a menstrual cup was gross. I thought it was something that hippies used. Little did I know that one use and I would be wishing I had it from the start.
WHY NOT USING A MENSTRUAL CUP IS GROSS
On the contrary to my pervious thoughts, using a menstrual cup is not gross, in fact NOT using a menstrual cup IS gross.
First pads and tampons smell after a few minutes. They harbor bacteria, can contain terrible chemicals, are super messy. Much like I thought using a menstrual cup would be lol. Oops!
The reason menstrual cups do not smell is because they form a tight seal inside. This means no leaks (YAY!!!) and since the menstrual blood doesn’t get exposed to air until being emptied, no nasty smell.
HOW MENSTRUAL CUPS MAKE YOUR PERIOD BETTER
You don’t have to think about it
Go hours without worrying about leaks and if you have a pad or tampons handy
You need less junk
Maybe some to-go wipes and you’re good to go!
They work for women who suffer from extremely heavy periods
As someone who suffers. Like really suffers, this holds heavy periods. I maybe need to empty my cup once more than someone with a normal flow on my heavy days.
You’ll save so much money
No more buying tampons and pads
No nasty chemicals
Silicone is much safer than those chemical filled toxic substances found in most popular tampons and pads. Why are these things so packed with chemicals anyhow? And the safer ones are way more expensive.
NO LEAKS FOR REAL
SWIM GIRL! Tampons never worked for me. I have a heavy flow, so I was never able to swim. Now I can do ANYTHING. Like someone without their period. I can toss and turn all night and not have the added stress of leaks + insomnia. I can run, jump, wear white pants, cute undies just because, whatever I want!!!
I was traumatized growing up with such heavy and painful periods. Now that I’m trying to balance my hormones naturally and not on the pill, they are back with vengeance. Thinking back at all those embarrassing leaks and having to sit in home economics while my jeans were being washed, wearing lost and found shorts. Oh the joys of womanhood! I was angry more than anything. No one dared try to mock me. Even though it looked like I was shot in the leg. Yes, I would have been a much less angsty teen with this. Thankfully, my daughter will have access to it if she so desires.
HOW TO USE A MENSTRUAL CUP
You have two options to insert the menstrual cup. The first is this fold pictured below. It’s what I use. I find it makes the narrowest tip for the most comfortable insertion. Once in, you’ll release it and it will open up leaving a small amount of the tip out to pull for later removal. Some people find the tip sticks out longer than others and choose to trim it. I feel the opposite, that it’s too short. I kinda wish it had a circle pull or something to pop it out, but after a few uses I figured out how to get it out quickly and no problems.The other option is to fold it in half. This did not work for me, but it does just fine for many women. Remember, your gynecologist will use a larger clampy thing. Trust it can fit. It can accommodate a much larger sized object (a baby’s head!), so realize it’s all in you head if you have trouble getting it in. You just need to relax and practice. The worse that can happen, is if you insert it a little funny you might get a little leak. You’ll figure it out and never have to worry about it. Promise.
ARE MENSTRUAL CUPS MESSY TO REMOVE?
When you’re first using them, you may be uncomfortable and not relaxed. This may lead to a mistake like standing up for removal. Relax and remove it while sitting and everything will be contained. You will need to practice a few times to get the hang of it. But after your first period using it, you’ll be a pro.
HOW TO CLEAN A MENSTRUAL CUP IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM
This is an issue I find a lot of women have. Sadly, not knowing how to deal with this issue stops most women from getting a menstrual cup.
What I do is buy feminine wipes. You can either put a few in a zip lock bag or get the individual ones. You’ll need two wipes to clean your menstrual cup and hands. It’s still better than packing pads or tampons.
You have to use a lot more of those per day than you do clean out your menstrual cup. At most you’ll clean it before you leave in the morning, once at work or while you’re out, then once at night, and finally before bed. That’s four times a day. You would need to be thinking about your pad or tampon and leaks, etc. way more than that!
ARE MENSTRUAL CUPS SAFE?
Yup! Just as safe as tampons. So if you forget about it over 12 hours, the longer you forget it the greater the change to toxic shock syndrome. It’s less than tampons, but still a possibility. Should you be worried about it? Not really…Most people who get toxic shock get it because they are sleepy or out of it and forget they didn’t remove their tampon and insert another one inside, leaving the original inside for way too longer causing irritation and eventual infection. Only keep out your one menstrual cup and set a timer for every 12 hours max and you should be fine.
WHEN NOT TO USE A MENSTRUAL CUP
When you are at the very end of your period and just spotting. No need to use one. You’ll be fine with just a panty liner.
WHICH SIZE MENSTRUAL CUP TO BUY
They come in two sizes, (pre and post childbirth). Now I had a c-section so this one was very hard for me. I went with pre childbirth and had no problems. So you can either guess which size you are or get the last option which gives one of each size. As far as brands go, I got a cheap one and it worked perfect. They may discolor with time, but they should all last at least a few years to menopause.
I’m still shocked how little having my period effects my life now. I still get the urge to do jumping jacks after because I totally can! Now if they just invent something to stop cramps we’re in business ladies!!!