Do you use a menstrual cup? Are you using pads or tampons? I love my Kotex tampons. We’ve been in a relationship for a lot of years. But on this journey of becoming more in tune with my body, conscious of what’s going in it, and aware of my contribution to waste I finally started playing with the idea of a menstrual cup. It only make sense especially because I am low-key obsessed with my pelvic floor. If you want know more, read my post the Mysterious Pelvic Floor.
I remember a few years ago I saw the “Diva Cup” in a store and was so curious, but thought that’s kind of crazy right? Now I realize it’s not only a genius idea, but incredibly practical in all realms.
- Better for your body, reducing the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
- Environmentally supportive. No more waste from pads of tampons
- Increased access for woman all over the world.
- One cup can last up to 10 years
- Can wear for 10-12 hours
- You save money! Menstrual cups cost $20-$40
- Less discomfort during your period
- Don’t have to worry about your waste when not at home
- Varieties for all body types
- Learn more about your body
Learn more about your body. That’s a real thing. Have you felt your cervix? I hadn’t. And as much as I love my body and being a woman I wasn’t excited about. Adam’s apples and cervixes make me squeamish. But I know it’s for a good cause and my discomfort probably means I should explore it. Doesn’t mean you or me have to like it!
How I Chose My Menstrual Cup
Like most of my questions in life, it all started with a Google search. And then one thing let to another. I read at least 5 articles and took 3 quizzes. Here is a quiz you can take.
I chose the Lunette cup Model 1.
- It’s rated the best cup for beginners.
- It’s on the softer side making it easier for insertion.
- It tested the best for comfort and anti-leakage.
- Made in Finland. Not the USA. Thankfully not made in China. Made from medical grade silicone.
- Hate to say this, but not really. Lunette comes in all different colors.
Lunette makes two different cups. Model one had a smaller diameter 41mm and holds 25mL. Model two has larger diameter 46mm and holds a larger volume of 30mL. Lunette recommends Model two if you have had a vaginal birth. Check out Lunette’s website for more information.
The other most popular brands are Diva Cup and Lena. Just because I chose Lunette doesn’t mean it’s best for you! I almost went with Lena and it is a close comparison to Lunette. Here is a Lunette Cup review. Diva Cup is known to be the longest and I just knew that wouldn’t fit my body.
Sometimes I feel like an alien to my own body. I’m not alone right? At times I feel ridiculously connected because I am paying extra close attention to my digestion or I’m practicing a lot yoga that make my body and thoughts align.
But, after trying to figure out what menstrual cup was right for me I realized I do not know what kind of cervix I have. I mean I just have one and it’s mine. Honestly, I don’t stick my fingers up there and measure if it’s big knuckle deep.
My first time using my menstrual cup was uncomfortable in all ways. At first, I didn’t insert it all the way and that was super uncomfortable. Sometimes you really got to get all up in there.
Insertion. The hardest part. You have to find what fold works for you. I use the 7-fold so I have a narrow point and it is most similar to a tampon diameter. YouTube or menstrual cups websites have photos of the different folds.
When it is right you will know. It’s true. You can feel the suction.
You have to RELAX. Just like if you insert a tampon. So take a nice EXHALE when you are inserting it.
Same goes when you are taking it out. Don’t be like me and have a freak out moment and go super fast with the result of blood splattering. Yeah, not a fun a clean up. Just like opening up a yogurt or apple sauce container…
Now, I’ve been using my menstrual cup for over 3 months. I really dig it. I feel like I am doing better for my body. And never having to buy tampons again? YES PLEASE!
What’s your experience with menstrual cups? If you’re not using one, why not?
If you need a little more convincing check out Buzz Feed’s article.
There’s No Better Time Than Now,