What is a menstrual cup?
Menstrual cups are silicon bell-shaped cups which are used in place of tampons and/or pads during periods. They are reusable and last for years, saving you money and drastically reducing the waste caused by menstrual products.
Menstrual cups have been on my radar for a while. I’m sure you have heard of a few – mooncup, organicup, diva cup. As there are so many different brands I decided to take an online quiz to find out which would be the best for me. The quiz I used is highly recommended and can be found at https://putacupinit.com/quiz/. Once completed the website will suggest 4 different cups which will be best suited to you.
My number one result was the size 1 Lunette Cup. I looked on the Lunette website to see what they were all about and ordered the cup from Amazon. (shout out to my brother for adding me to his prime account)
As someone who primarily uses pads I have always been a little apprehensive about using menstrual cups. But for the environment I’m willing to give it a try.
- Smaller than I expected – menstrual cups always look so big in the videos and pictures
- Not as firm as I expected – the cup is easily squished and folded
- Surely it can’t be that difficult to use
I was unusually waiting excitedly for my period to start and consequently it came slightly later than I expected. However, when it came to it I was a little scared about putting the cup in. I just kept thinking to myself STAY RELAXED.
Over the course of my period I noted down a few thoughts / occurrences.
- Not sure if placed correctly – spent around 20 mins trying to figure it out how to get the cup in the right position
- Can feel the stem – its really uncomfortable
- Taken out after maybe 5 hours and spilt the contents onto my white pyjama trousers
- Did not use
- Trimmed the stem – maybe too short now but it was definitely too long before
- Mastered the art of putting in the cup – only takes few secs
- Have not mastered removal
- First time using when going to bed / sleep
- Removal is the hardest part – the cup seemed to move in the night so it was at an awkward angle and no longer straight
- Not looking forward to later removal – the stem is possibly too short and it’s hard to reach the cup
- The cup leaked and I am not putting it back in – stressful
- Did not use
I am in two minds with the menstrual cup. On one hand I love the idea of how much less messy it is and how you don’t have to worry about it for 12 hours. On the other hand making sure it is in the right position (so it doesn’t leak) and taking it out makes using the cup stressful – which is not what you want when you need to be relaxed to achieve both of these things. From what I have read it takes a couple of cycles to get used to using a menstrual cup and I guess I will have to test this out for myself. Even though I want the menstrual cup to work for me it isn’t suitable for everyone.
I am thinking of also investing in and trying out some other zero waste menstrual products such as reusable pads or period underwear.
Until next time, Susan.