Disclaimer: Don’t read if period talk bothers you!!!
The menstrual cup I bought last month has to be the best investment of my life. I am so excited to post about this and I hope that this post can be an important resource or the last nudge for those on the fence about investing in a cup. It’s definitely a personal topic, but I was able to confidently purchase my own because of other women who weren’t afraid to talk about it. Let me know if you have any other questions, and I would be more than happy to talk!
TL;DR: GET A PERIOD CUP BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Also, I have a coupon code below!
I’ve struggled with terrible periods for years. I cramp starting a week before my period starts, as well as three to four days into my period. The first three days are extremely difficult for me because of heavy flow and lots of cramping. I struggle to get out of bed sometimes and have found that it negatively affects my life for over a week each month. I have to change my tampon every couple hours, force myself to go to the bathroom about five times a night, and remember to grab a handful of sanitary pads and tampons every time I go out. Having to force myself awake multiple times a night ruins my sleep patterns and I subconsciously wake myself up even when I am done with my period. Basically, my period SUCKS. What have I not tried to lessen the symptoms of my monthly hell? I’ve used hot water packs, taken pain medication, and even tried birth control. The birth control only resulted in “extra” periods in between my normal ones(!), and did nothing but confuse my hormones. Cue menstrual cup!
I thought about purchasing a period cup a long time ago when I heard about it, but decided against it because I didn’t want to touch so much blood, felt like the cup was way too big, and didn’t know much about it. This time around, I researched about the different types of cups, insertion and removal, pros and cons, and price, before I decided to purchase it. I decided to get the Blossom Cup on Amazon because at $15.95, it was less than half the price of the more popular Diva Cup, created with a softer silicone, and had a variety of color options. It arrived just in time for my period and I was able to use it right away.
The first time I tried to insert the Blossom cup, it would not go in. I spent a frustrating 15 minutes trying to figure out the logistics of this cup. However, once I figured out the fold that was best for me, it went in without too much trouble. Then, at the end of the night, I drained it, cleaned it, then reinserted it. It was so simple, I couldn’t believe it. There was no leakage AT ALL. If you’ve ever used tampons before, you’ll know that they start to leak from the string even before they’re full. This cup shows no signs of menstruation until you take it out. In fact, there were many times when I completely forgot that I was on my period. For the first time, I didn’t need to worry about taking enough tampons out with me or worry about finding a red splotch on my pants.
Benefits of the cup:
- No possibility of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). It’s made from medical grade silicone so nothing has to be absorbed.
- You can keep it in for up to 24 hours (edit: It is recommended that you change your cup every 12 hours)
- You can sleep with it in and empty it in the morning
- There’s no leakage
- You don’t feel it at all
- You can use it for up to 15 years(!!!!!). Imagine how much you’ll save from not having to purchase expensive tampons and pads
- You don’t have to remember to pack tampons and pads wherever you go
- You can sleep through the night without waking up in a pool of your own blood. Just thinking about the load of laundry is enough to make me shudder. Goodbye beautiful sheets. Goodbye new and expensive underwear. Goodbye sanity.
- It reduced my cramps. I have no idea how this is possible, but others have said that as well!
- Can shorten your period
- Reduces environmental waste
Cons of the cup:
- There is a learning curve. The first couple times you use the cup, you may be freaked out by the size of the cup, but you will get used to it quickly
- It kind of hurts when I put it in and take it out, but it doesn’t bother me too much since I only have to do it twice a day. If you’re having trouble finding the stem during removal, bear down a few times to push it out enough so that you can grab it. Don’t panic! It won’t get lost inside you.
I completely understand why many people may be weirded out by this product. I was once grossed out by it as well! But if you’re someone who struggles on their period like I did, you should give this a try. Good luck and let me know how it goes! 🙂