Try Your Luck With a Menstrual Cup
It was a sunny day in Atlanta and I was sitting with one of my natural living hippie friends enjoying the warmth a beautiful day.
I had just started my period and was taking it easy. From cramps to mood swings and extreme fatigue, My period hits me pretty hard.
“Have you ever used a menstrual cup?” my friend asked.
“Hmm.” I thought to myself. “What new natural hippie invention is she going to introduce me to today?”
“No, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it.” I said.
And in the next few minutes, she had convinced me to try it.
My bestie was obviously very convincing, but she was also selling me on a product that seemed to have some major benefits as far as I was concerned.
In this article, you’re going to learn what a menstrual cup is, how you can use it, and why you should stop waiting and try one now!!
What is a Menstrual Cup
A menstrual cup is a soft cup like device that usually sits right below the cervix to capture period blood before it ever leaves your vagina.
Sounds awesome, right?
Menstrual cups come in different sizes which are basically pre-birth and post-birth.
The shapes are usually pretty similar in design.
Each brand has slightly different details that are supposed to make it easier to use and/or more effective.
The one feature that I think is important in a menstrual cup is an easy to pull stem. This ensures that you have a smooth pull out method.
No, not that pull out method.
I’m talking about a handle or something to grip so that after you finally get the cup inside your vagina, you can easily get it out without spilling blood all over yourself.
I know, that doesn’t sound too appealing but stay with me.
The menstrual cups that I’ve used are made from medical grade silicone to ensure that they’re impermeable.
You wouldn’t want any blood, germs, or bacteria seeping into the material because that would be pretty disgusting.
How to Get Your Menstrual Cup In.
So… this can get a little tricky.
When I used my first menstrual cup I was 27 or 28. I hadn’t had sex yet so the only thing I was used to inside of my vagina was a small tampon. Well, a menstrual cup has much more volume than a tampon.
You’re not going to just slide it in and it’s probably going to take some real effort on your first try.
And that makes sense.
We’re used to pads and tampons, and even though menstrual cups are becoming more common, they’re still much less popular. So naturally, they’re a bit more intimidating.
But don’t give up.
After much trial and error, I found myself on Youtube trying to unlock the mysteries of insertion. I found that if you fold the cup into a U shape, you can slide it in with relative ease.
And wallah, there you go.
How to Get Your Menstrual Cup Out
Now that you have your menstrual cup in… you’ll soon have to get it out. And that can be a bit tricky. Especially if you’re in a public restroom.
In order to pull out your cup, you’ll need to use tissue if you’re in public. Grab it by the stem and pull gently. If that doesn’t work, grab it by the base instead and tug very carefully.
Pull your cup out facing down to dump all the blood out. Then, holding the stem with tissue, rinse it out in warm water or wipe it down and you’re good to go.
I recommend having two cups so you can switch them out and just having a plastic bag for storage.
It sounds a bit involved since it’s not so common, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it. So before you get completely scared away, know that most women who’ve tried menstrual cups love them.
What Women Think...
I asked some of my twitter followers about their experiences with menstrual cups. Those who did respond had great things to say. I was even reminded that you can use disposable cups too. So many options.
I liked it. It’s very convenient to not have to carry any pads or tampons, however it can get messy to clean them in public and also it takes practice to get them in properly and out without spilling. Overall 7/10 product, would recommend.— sandy cheeks 🐿 (@TheAyannaShow) January 11, 2019
It’s cool. I use the soft ups I’m thinking I need to graduate to the other ones but they work good for me. They can go the 12hrs tho— RunHisPocketsSis (@AraneaSwat) January 11, 2019
@Fancii_Me said “LOVE it!! It makes my cycle SO much more manageable: health-wise as I don’t worry about the chemicals/side-effects in sanitary tampons/napkins and it’s much more hygienic than other options!
Basically, my sentiments exactly.
But the truth is, the experience is different for everyone so you really should try it for yourself.
Are you actually thinking about trying a cup? I recommend this one because you get two for $14.99, which is less than the price of just one other cup. I was skeptical at first but it turned out to be a really good decision. If you want to give a menstrual cup a try, this is a good place to start.
Why You Should Try a Menstrual Cup
- No Toxins:
My number 1 reason for using a cup is because I feel so much peace of mind knowing that I’m not poisoning my body. I grew up using tampons and so many people I know still use them. But when you know better, it’s up to you to do better.
No Bad Smell:
Having a smelly odor on your period is not natural. It’s the result of your blood mingling with the chemicals in the menstrual products. Having no smell is important to me because I enjoy and encourage period sex. You deserve to have your body loved on and embraced. It’s hard to enjoy that when you’re worried about how you smell.
Save Money (and a trip to the store!):
Having a menstrual cup means you don’t have to worry about going to the store to buy menstrual products every month. Your budget will thank you! I do recommend getting the Always super thin panty liners for those days you think you might be out longer than usual. You can grab a bunch from dollar tree.
- Lasting Use:
The final reason I love my cup is because it provides long lasting protection, even on my heaviest days. I never have to worry about leaks…especially because I add a panty liner or period panties for days when I’m going to be out. You can be out and about in your menstrual cup for up to 12 hours but I usually do 4-6.
Sometimes, it can be hard for us to do things that fall outside of our comfort zone. Especially when we’re so used to doing things one particular way for so long. But my love, it’s the 21st century and we’re evolving according to our desires.
We are meditating, eating better, engaging in self care, and drinking hella water. This is just another step on your journey to living your best life.
I’m not saying that cups are for everyone. There are other organic products you can use as well. But it is one way you can save money and take care of your body at the same time. You owe it to yourself to try it.
Have you tried a menstrual cup? If so, how was your experience? If not, are you willing to try?
I’m not a rep for the Duchess Cup but I did use an affiliate link. No free promo!