Menstrual Cups

Two years ago, I heard about menstrual cups. I was so intrigued. I had used pads and occasionally tampons since I began my menstrual cycles. The only thing was when I used tampons, they always leaked (even when I used the super size) & I was always afraid of Toxic Shock Syndrome. When I used pads, no matter how often I changed them, I would always get chafed (like diaper rash!)…who wants to live with that every month? I ran to the closest Walmart to purchase “Softcups”, the disposable ones. Needless to say, after trying out at work…I was confused and I hated it. The opening was huge and I’m pretty sure I didn’t put it in right because it did not collect any blood.

A few months later I heard about DivaCups. I decided to give the whole menstrual cup thing a try once again. I wanted to help put the environment, save money, & not subject my vagina to anymore chemicals. They came in two different sizes, S for women who haven’t had a vaginal birth and L for women who have had a vaginal birth. I, of course, purchased the small. I was so excited to use it for my next cycle. It took me a couple tries to figure out how to put it in exactly, the first couple uses it leaked a bit (because it was not positioned properly), and emptying it in public was an uncomfortable task. But after a few uses I got the hang of it and it has been one of the best investments EVER! I swear by these things. I absolutely love them! I purchased another one, “Aneer Mooncup”, for a really great price from @nerissaneferteri on IG. I think every woman should use them.

Here is what they look like.

 

You cut the little stem at the bottom. I cut mine to the closest notch to the base of the cup.
 
 
You can see and measure how much you bleed every day/cycle.
 
 
Top view.
 
I’ll give you some of the pros and cons of using a menstrual cup.

PROS:

– There are no harsh chemicals, scents, dyes, or odor neutralizers going in or near your sacred space. The cups are made out of medical grade silicone.

-You can leave it in for up to 12 hours (depending on your flow of course).

-Saves you money! Most cups can be used for up to a decade with proper care. So you won’t have to be restocking your supply of pads or tampons.

-You cannot feel the cup once it is in. You can do the same things you would do if you were wearing a tampon.

-Helps the environment. Have you thought about where all those pads and tampons go? On average a woman will contribute 300 pounds of feminine product waste in her lifetime. That is only one woman…… One silicone cup every few years…that sounds MUCH better!

-Better vaginal health. Menstrual cups do not dry out nor chafe the vaginal walls like tampons do. Your vaginal pH stays in tact and good bacteria remains in the vaginal canal.

-NO TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME!

-You can see exactly how much blood you release.

-Easy to use once you get the hang of it.

-Connects you to your moon cycle. You don’t look at it as something negative as you have to see and feel it for a few days every month. You actually have to insert it in your vagina, the blood gets on your fingers sometimes. You begin to look at it as another regular function of your body.

-I, along with many other women, have felt that using the menstrual cups have significantly reduced crampage! I’m not sure how it correlates, but I can most definitely attest to it. Maybe it’s the absence of all those harsh chemicals?

CONS:

-Can be messy.

-If you’ve never had sex before, it can be a little difficult to insert.

-The first few uses may be a bit tricky, trying to figure out how to insert and remove your cup.

-If your flow is heavy and you need to change public, it might be a bit bothersome.

MY TIPS FOR USE:

-For insertion, fold cup and insert in the opening of your vagina. Release the cup & angle it a bit so you hear a suction noise. Push up the vagina towards the cervix. Once it is up all the way, rotate a few times to ensure suction.

 

How I insert the cup. I put the bottom part in first the let it open and suction to the walls of my vaginal canal.
 
-For removal, use vaginal/pelvic floor muscles to bear down a bit to push the cup down. It helps if you are sitting down on the toilet & legs are spread. Hold the base of the cup to pull downwards. Then grab more towards the top of the cup in a pinching manner and remove the cup and dispose of the contents in the toilet.

-Rinse off cup and wash with natural, pH safe soap. DivaCup has a wash that I currently use. Ashley’s Naturals also has a feminine wash that I have heard great reviews for.

-After each cycle sterilize with boiling water like you would with a baby bottle.

 

Instructions and information.
 
 
Visual Instructions.
 
I do have to say that on my first two days, which are my heavy days when I am out, I do wear an Organyc panty liner. Just for any little leaks.

Have you ever used a menstrual cup? If you have, what was your experience? Will you try one out?

Xo

J. Chavae 

4 Replies to “Menstrual Cups”

  1. I just recently (2 months/2 cycles) started using them and I love them!! My first cycle was so so blissful! I managed to get it in right and slept so comfortably (and that’s huge for me during my cycle). My second cycle though was the one that threw me off completely, it was leaking severely and I had to google and figured out it wasn’t opening right but now that I’ve got it down I’m good. I use the dip fold to put it in and make sure I make the fold where there’s a suction hole to make sure it opens and always (after the leakage incident) run my finger along the cup just to make sure it’s open (I also learned about high and low cervix’s and how that can impact leakages while googling). I use coconut oil to lubricate my vagina and the cup to make insertion easier and in my opinion lube is very important. When I bought mine the store was having a pack sale where you get one S and one L to try out and I’m glad I did because even though the S worked on the first day I used it, the next day it leaked a little and I realized the L worked better for me (I’ve never had kids btw). In regards to changing it in public I’ve never really had to, I always make sure I put the cup in or change it right before I leave the house so I know I have a good 8-12 hours of use w/o having to change it but just in case I do have to change I carry a small water bottle with me to rinse the cup out if I feel I’ll need to change it somewhere and some coconut oil in a travel size bottle with a drip nozzle for easy use. Overall I can’t imagine ever going back to pads and tampons and YES, for someone who had severe cramps, I can also attest to a big reduction in pains.

    Like

  2. I have be using my menstrual cup for about a year now and I would never go back. They are truly amazing, allowing you to do anything without having to worry about your period.

    Mine is called a RubyCup. There mission statement is “Ruby Cup applies a Buy One Give One model and works alongside local partners and organisations. This offers a solution to the menstruation problems that many girls and women face in developing countries. Our main focus country is Kenya but we have also worked with local partners in Zambia, South Africa, and Uganda.”

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s