“After a try, here’s what I honestly thought”
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“The thought of using one used to shrink my cervix… but am I glad I tried it? Exactly.”
You’ve all heard of using a cup for your period—you know, choosing a plastic cup to put in your vagina instead of a tampon or pad, which causes a lot of waste. .
And if you’ve wondered what it’s really like to use one – insertion and all – then you’re at the right place. We’ve tried and tested a lot of things for you guys in the name of journalism – from Simpove supplements to acupuncture for inflammation.
next? One MC The author details his experience using a cup for the duration. Scroll through to read how she went ahead and don’t miss our health editor’s guide to how to choose a menstrual cup — plus 14 of her favorites — while you’re here.
Using a Cup for Periods: “The phrase period cup shrank my cervix, but I was surprised.”
Okay. Let me give you some background on why I thought of using a cup for my period. I’ve been a vegetarian for 11 years and although I’ve come to know about recycling facts and the general way, after the recent global disasters, something clicked inside me and I’m trying to be more environmentally conscious.
But, I am also a 28-year-old woman who likes to lead an easy, convenient life.
And no, the two don’t always go together.
I try to make changes where I can and it was only a matter of time until I got my menstrual cup. It’s good for the environment, my wallet, it lowers the chances of bacterial infections like thrush because they don’t contain anything that will disrupt your pH level and the convenience is quite strong.
according to research intimateWomen who use menstrual cups can also have better sex. Apparently 84% of the 1,500 who tested the menstrual cup felt more confident during the phase of their menstrual cycle, while 78% felt more comfortable in their bodies. And thanks to it, 28% reported an improvement in their sex life as dryness in the cup decreased. So, I was sold it on the go.
When you think a lot of mainstream tampons and pads (read our guide on how to use tampons here) contain bleached rayon that can create the by-product dioxin (which is carcinogenic, no less), then It might be time to think about you. Other options that also include organic cotton and unbleached feminine products.
However, the term “period cup” has always caused my cervix to shrink. I’m also not a big fan of tampons tbh, so this was going to be a stretch. (Excuse the pun.)
Choosing the Right Brand of Period Cups
Even though the period cup was first invented by midwives in 1932, they are having a moment. intimate Has its own line of menstrual cups, as do boots And Superdrug, then you’ve got mooncup – The most famous brands – and for the more organized minded, organic cup,
i decided to try organic cup, They’re all BPA-free and made from medical-grade silicone, but it was also free of latex, dyes, toxins, or bleach, which, as an organic beauty lover, ticked all my boxes. They are reusable for years and you can wear them for up to twelve hours.
12 hours means I can put it on in the comfort of my home and take it out from the comfort of my home too. It also means no more one of those awkward office trips to the toilet smuggling sanitary products up my sleeve.
I found a size A which is recommended for women who haven’t given birth before and can hold 25ml of blood which is the equivalent of three super tampons. (You’re going to be reading more about blood soon, so some of you might want to close this tab for now.)
To learn how to insert a period cup
So I decided to give it a try. Was it easy, no? Was it rewarding? In the end, yes. Will I use it every period? Maybe not the beginning…
I struggled to implement it. In fact, to such an extent, I asked my boss if I could work from home that day because I knew it would be a process.
I first tried using the ‘C fold’ method, where you essentially fold the cup in half and then put it inside you. Not only did I need to use an organic water-based lubricant to get it going, I could tell the cup wasn’t opening inside me (AKA suctioning) but I didn’t even realize it until I whitened Didn’t wear underwear and noticed leakage.
Frustrated, I went to take it out and it resulted in a bit of panic as I couldn’t get it out initially. Unlike a tampon, it requires a bit more grip on the stem to get it out and by that time, it was too deep inside me. But, I remembered the instruction that I needed to use to push my abdominal muscles down, so I did.
Without knowing that I had said muscles, it was an enlightening discovery for me. I then ‘pushed’ it down until I had a good grip on the stem and then pulled it out with a little bit of excitement – and yes, it was like a mini murder scene. Instead of carefully removing it and pouring the contents down the toilet, I took it out like I was pulling out hairs. My enthusiasm over my newly found muscles was a little misplaced and premature, obviously.
So, I Googled and looked at YouTube videos on the different folds (they often feature these inside a champagne flute, which I thought made the whole experience great) and two ‘punch-down folds’ Or decided to take along ‘Seven-Fold’. ‘ Because these are there to help you open the cup inside more easily.
Take two out it was great. I pushed a little until the stem came out and then I took it out on the loo and it was too much. However, when I washed it in the sink, I foolishly put my tap directly into the cup so that things got a little messy there—but, progress.
Now trying to incorporate it in my third attempt. I used a ‘punch-down fold’ and I needed to lift it up a bit more in there to open it, but when I turned it around and once it was in I heard a slight suction noise – it was really pretty Was comfortable because you can’t feel it at all.
My final thoughts on period cups:
I’ll definitely need some practice before I can be 100% confident with this method full time, but am I glad I tried it? of course.
But, don’t take it from me, I spoke to another journalist too, Lisa BowmanOne of these experienced user, which assures me to keep going…
Lisa tells us, ‘After working at a surf camp in India and being one of the few people who never used it, I’ve been using the Mooncup for a year. ‘I’ve always seen and scoffed at mooncup ads behind service station toilet doors, but suddenly it made so much sense – tampons are really hard to get hold of in countries like India, so instead of bringing a huge supply of tampons, go to your rut In, you just bring a little mooncup. Plus, it holds more blood than a tampon so you can stay in the water for a longer period of time.
When I looked into it further, I realized how bad tampons are for the environment (they just end up in landfills or the ocean, doubly so if there’s an applicator involved) and how bad they are for your vagina ( They basically suck all the moisture out of you), especially if they’re not organic. Plus, you can get menstrual cups for under £20 and they last a long time, so you save so much money. I got a cup as soon as I got back to the UK – it was a no brainer.
It took a few cycles to get used to – I was always paranoid that it was leaking (it rarely was) so I use liners or towels until you get used to it, for peace of mind I would advise to do It also took a while to remove it when it was full – at first there was a lot of blood on the bathroom floor, but now I’m a pro. It might be awkward even trying to rinse it off in a public bathroom, but I haven’t needed to change it at work anyway (you can keep it on longer than a tampon). If necessary, just take a bottle of water with you to the cubicle. You’ll have to really lift your fingers to put it in/out, but if you’re used to using non-applicator tampons, you should be fine. And shouldn’t we all be more comfortable with our bodies anyway?’