Me and my Cup | Blog

If you follow me on social media then you will know that a few months ago I decided that I was going to try using a menstrual cup. I wanted to try it mainly for the eco side of things. I hated the idea of all the pads and tampons I'd used over the years contributing to our already worsening climate crisis. I also had heard that it was mean to be better for people who had bad cramping. Finally it is obviously a lot more cost effective to use a cup as they are a one time, reusable investment so as far as I could see it was a win/win situation. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the thing that most women are nervous about and that is the whole inserting and taking out business...more on that later!

I'm currently in the middle of my 6th cycle using my menstural cup and I THINK I am a convert. The reason I say that I think is because I have only found one down side with it that makes me think I may need a couple of reusable pads too but I'm come to that later. Firstly let me explain how I chose the right cup for me. I headed over to the Put a Cup in it website and took their quiz which recommended a couple of different cups based on me, my life style and my periods. I then joined the Put a Cup in it Facebook group and asked for some first hand experiences on each cup that I had to choose from. Eventually I decided on the Organicup as it came most highly recommended and it was also on Amazon Prime! If you’re thinking of trying a cup then I’d definitely suggest you take the quiz and join the group as it is a perfect support network and no question is ever TMI.

Once my cup was delivered all I had to do was wait for Aunt Flo to visit and give it a try. One think I will say about using a cup is that you do need to get to know yourself quite well... you need to get right up in there (in want of a better phrase) to make sure it’s inserted corrected and when you remove it you have to put your fingers in a give the cup a squeeze to break the seal. I’ve had two children so my dignity is pretty much non existent but I know that some people might find the whole feeling around down there thing too much so I wouldn’t recommend a cup for them.

There are a couple of things that I’ve been asked about menstural cups that I want to mention. Firstly, it can’t get lost up there. Your cervix SHOULD be closed (if it isn’t then you might need some medical advice) so therefore there is no where for the cup to go. It can go up very high within your vagina but it can’t get lost. The other thing I’m asked is if it hurts when you put it in. These cups are super flexible and soft. When you insert it you can fold it in all different ways (check out YouTube or google for info) but I go for a C fold because I’ve found it most comfortable. A cup is very much like a tampon in the way that if you’ve got it inserted properly then you shouldn’t feel it. If, after reading this, you’ve got any questions you want to ask about cups then feel free to message me on social media or use the contact me button above. I’m no expert but I can tell you my experiences.

The last thing I want to cover is the only downside I’ve found of using a cup. Since coming off the pill to give my body a break from the hormones, I’ve had the most horrendously heavy periods. The first day of my period is like something from a horror film and I am having to empty my cup 7/8 times a day as I’m bleeding so much. It can sometimes get a bit uncomfortable removing it that many time and also when you are out and the only toilets are cubicles with a shared sink it can be a bit difficult to empty and wash it. This is why I am thinking of trying some reusable pads or period pants for the first day or so of my period and then moving to the cup when things calm down a little. I’ll let you know how I get on.

So there you have it. My cup and me. I’m really pleased I made the switch but it’s now just a case of finding what works for me as everyone is different. I hope this helps any of you who are thinking about making the move to a cup and let me know if you have any questions or any tips!

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