A few months ago, I made the switch from tampons to a menstrual cup and I’ll just go ahead cut to the chase: I will never switch back.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a silicone feminine hygiene device,
inserted like a tampon, that collects the menstrual flow.
I’ll be the first to admit that switching over to the cup has a learning curve, and that’s also the reason why there are so many different cup options out there! The cup I’ve found that works for me is the Lena, and it only really took me one cycle to get the hang of it. It’s a flexible cup which makes it easier to insert (I recommend the C fold), and the longer stem makes it easier to remove, especially for beginners, compared to cups like the Diva cup.
What’s so great about it?
- SAVING MONEY: Since purchasing my cup, I haven’t had to purchase tampons, and let’s be real: tampons can get expensive.
- LESS WASTE: Having a reusable product is much better for the environment! No more plastic wrappers, applicators, or actual products being tossed in the trash.
- NO CHEMICALS: Unlike pads and tampons, cups present no risk of absorbing toxins.
- NO LEAKING: The amount of times you’ll need to empty your cup depend on how heavy your flow is, so once you get the hang of it, leaks are very rare.
- COMFORT: Half the time, I forget that my cup is even there. To me, the cup is more comfortable than tampons.
- REUSABLE: It’s also nice to not have that ‘oh no’ moment when you realize you’re out of tampons!
When choosing your cup, there are so many options! Most brands will have at least 2 size options, which you will choose from based on the heaviness of your flow and height of cervix. If you’re just starting out, I recommend starting with a smaller cup until you get the hang of things.
INSERTING THE CUP
Getting used to a menstrual cup can take a few tries, so don’t get discouraged. The key to inserting and removing a cup is to relax! If your pelvic muscles are tense, your cup isn’t going anywhere. There are 3 different ways of folding the cup for insertion: 7 Fold, Punch-Down, and the C-Fold. Try them each out and see what works better for you! Once folded, the cup is inserted like a tampon. Once inserted correctly, the cup will open inside. I always grab the base and twist a little to make sure that the suction is sealed.
HOW TO REMOVE THE CUP?
DO NOT PULL YOUR CUP OUT BY THE STEM. THIS WILL HURT.
When inserted properly, your cup has created a suction seal that must be released before removal. Gently pull the stem until you reach the base of your cup, then squeeze the base to release the suction and bring the cup out. The first few times you do this may not be the easiest, but don’t freak out! The cup will not get lost inside you. The key, just like when inserting the cup, is to relax your pelvic muscles. You can also bear down to help your cup naturally push down.
When I first switched over to the cup, I had so many questions, so I’m going to be linking the FAQ from Lena’s website here because it really helped me. I encourage every woman to really test the waters when it comes to a menstrual cup – if one doesn’t work perfectly for you, don’t give up! There are so many options out there, and there is a cup for everyone. My perfect match happens to be the Lena cup, so if you’re wanting to purchase, you can by clicking this link!
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