Can I say that a menstrual cup has changed my life? It seems like such a small change but it has really made those few days of the month a dream for me.
I’m going to tell you my experience of using a menstrual cup, but first I’ll give you a little background.
Before I had my daughter I was on the pill for around 14 years. I HATED my period. I have a tilted uterus which I only found out about when I was pregnant but I think it’s the reason why tampons never worked for me. They were uncomfortable and would leak however much I tried. And I really hated pads. I would run 3 packs of my pill together so that I would only have a period every 10 weeks.
When we were trying for Eleanor I still hated my period but I actually kind of enjoyed learning about my cycle. I didn’t want to go back no the pill after having her but after 6 cycles I did as they were so so heavy.
I’d get so anxious on my period and I’d just want to stay at home. I couldn’t go out in case there wasn’t a toilet around to change. It meant for a week out of the month I felt like I was trapped in the house.
I had been wanting to try a cup for months but I thought it would be messy, gross and hard to change. I was also worried that it would leak just like a tampon. But I did some research and used the putacupinit quiz (go do it!!) to find a cup that would be suitable for my body and my period. I went for the Organicup in size B.
I was going to write this review after a few cycles but I am literally raving about it after my first period using it.
My experience of using a menstrual cup
That first day though I was really having second thoughts. It was uncomfortable and I really wanted to give up. But then I remember that some people cut off the stem of their cup, so I gave that a go. As soon as I popped it back in it was like it wasn’t even there!
I found it really easy to insert using either the C Fold (my favourite) or the Punchdown Fold. Sometimes when I put it in it didn’t pop open straight away, so I tried turning it and pushing on the opposite side, and if that didn’t work I just took it out and tried again.
On the days that I went to work I used the disabled toilet. The sink is right next to the toilet so it was really easy to empty and clean without getting up. I don’t know what I’d have done if the sink wasn’t there. I’ve read you can wipe it with toilet roll or take in a bottle of water with you.
Luckily for me, my period is nowhere near as heavy as pads led me to believe. I could have left it in 10-12 hours every day.
Also, it wasn’t as messy as I thought it was going to be. I actually felt so much cleaner than I ever have with pads. You take it out, pour it down the toilet and then the blood is gone. No mess.
It might seem weird to say but this period I’ve felt free. My husband has noticed how much happier and confident I am. I used to get so anxious and uncomfortable on my period and this cup has really changed that. It’s a complete game changer!
Benefits of using a menstrual cup
As well as being so good for me mentally, it’s obviously so much better for the environment than using pads or tampons as you aren’t putting something in the bin every few hours.
- My Organicup can last up to 10 years!
- I can go swimming with it in, which is something I’ve never been able to do before. It’s going to be perfect for holidays or travelling.
- You only have to change it every 8-12 hours too (depending on your flow you may need to change it more often).
- You aren’t putting any nasty chemicals up your vagina.
- A cup also minimises your risk of TSS if kept in less than 12 hours.
- It doesn’t smell.
- There’s no more rubbish.
What I plan to look into next is cloth pantyliners and cloth pads to use on my lighter days or alongside the cup in case of leaks. I want to have a completely waste free period.
Have you tried a menstrual cup or cloth pads? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.