Let’s Be Real: Menstrual Cups

Menstrual Cups Raleigh Moms Blog

Let’s get super personal here for a minute ladies and talk about your period. 

Meet my friend, the reusable menstrual cup. Before you close your browser and think this is gross, hear me out. It will change the way you think about your period! I have been using a menstrual cup for over 2 years now and I will never go back to tampons or pads. In fact, the thought of tampons or pads just gross me out! A cup is so much easier than any other product on the market and no where near as gross as you think! 

Reusable menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone. They fold up to about the size of a tampon and slide into place inside of you. If you can use a tampon, you can use a menstrual cup! Once inserted, the cup unfolds and creates a seal. If inserted correctly, you won’t feel it or have leaks. With a tampons and pads, you are dealing with your period every couple of hours, but with a cup, it’s just a couple of times a day! 

I only have to empty my cup twice a day! Once, when I first wake up and then again before I go to bed. It just stays inside the rest of the day and I completely forget that I’m on my period. When you empty your cup, you just dump the blood into the toilet and rinse it or wipe it out with toilet paper before inserting again. Many people worry about how you deal with your cup when you’re out in a public bathroom. Since you only have to change your cup a couple times a day, it’s almost never an issue. There have been times that my period was very heavy and I have had to empty the cup in the middle of the day. If your periods are extremely heavy, you may need to empty your cup more than twice a day. 

There are other benefits to reusable cups as well. Since I’ve made the switch I’ve noticed less cramps. I no longer have to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome or questionable chemicals in my body. One of the best perks is not having to rush to the store to stock up on tampons. 

There are many brands of menstrual cups on the market. Diva Cup is probably the most well known and can be found at Target. Sckoon and Lunette are two of my favorites and can be found online (read my reviews here). Beware of cups on Amazon that have super low prices. They may not be made with quality materials and I question putting anything inside of me that could potentially be harmful. 

There is a bit of a learning curve in the first cycle or two. If you stick with it though, you can totally change the way you feel about your period! There have been many times that I thought I forgot to insert my cup to find that it was already there. It’s that comfortable! 

To learn more about cups, this video on Youtube is extremely helpful and goes into a little more detail. Or you can leave your questions in the comments below and I’m happy to share my personal advice! 

6 Responses to Let’s Be Real: Menstrual Cups

  1. Robin January 26, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    I have a Lunette cup and love the idea of it but I’ve never been able to not feel it. Since the birth of my second child (c-section, not even vaginal) it plain hurts to use it. Should I try a different brand or maybe I just can’t get it in far enough?

    • Jenny
      Jenny January 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      It may be the wrong size for you now or it’s possible that it’s not sitting in the right spot. But I hear that Lunette’s customer service is amazing! I would contact them and see if they have suggestions or recommend a different size.

    • Joy January 27, 2016 at 9:20 am #

      I have a lunette as well and it Huron me too. I had to trim the stem to near nothing and make sure it sat further up. Then it finally didn’t hurt. It was just uncomfortable coming out.

      • Jenny
        Jenny January 27, 2016 at 9:28 am #

        Are you breaking the seal when you pull it out or are you just pulling it from the bottom of the stem?

  2. Larissa January 26, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Hey Jenny! Interesting article. Question: does it work well during intense workouts? That’s something I worry about with teaching.

    • Jenny
      Jenny January 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Yes! I’ve never had an issue with workouts while using my cup. In fact, a lot of marathon runners and athletes prefer to use cups over other menstrual products because of the longevity it provides before needing to be emptied.

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