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