Review: The Menstrual Cup

Guys, I have something to share with you.

Throughout my last five periods, I have not used a single tampon or pad. Not one!! It's a revelation, it's amazing, it's a menstrul cup.

I know this is pretty personal, but I'd love to share my experiences with you?

First off, I bought a menstrual cup after a few months of considering what I wanted to do with my periods moving forward. I had a coil for almost 5 years, and when it was done, I decided not to have one put back in. That decision was twofold, with a) having had bad menstrual cramps towards the end, and b) not totally loving the idea of having manmade hormones raging around my body.

Upon having the coil removed, my somewhat light periods returned to their heavier pre-birth control selves and I was a little shellshocked. Had they always been this heavy? Had they ever lasted this long previously?! How expensive are tampons?!

I was already going down the path of trying to sustain the planet far better than I had been, what with using cruelty free makeup and recycling, deciding against eating meat and dairy products and just generally being a lot more clued up about the effect my life may have on the planet.

Waste was part of that, and I really didn't like the idea of non-biodegradable tampons and pads filling the earth up from the inside out. It's really gross, guys!

That's when I started researching alternative methods.

I remembered seeing faded, old adverts for the 'Moon Cup' on the back of school toilet doors and not having a clue what it was. Partnering that with some newfound knowledge of the 'Diva Cup', I decided to research menstrual cups in greater detail to see if they could be the answer to my search. Upon doing so, I discovered the following:

  • Menstrual cups are made from surgical grade silicone, and cause no harm to the body
  • Each cup can last up to 10 years, if looked after properly
  • Removal and emptying is suggested every 6 - 12 hours, depending on the heaviness of your period
  • You can sleep, swim, go kart(!!), whatever with one in with no fear of leakage or strings showing
  • You rise and reinsert each time, no mess, no waste

I decided to give it a go, and see how I got on. It was a £20 investment, which in theory was about 3 periods worth of tampons and pads, as I was someone who changed every time I went to the bathroom as I always felt dirty or sweaty.

From the first insertion, having tried a few different methods of getting it in there, I have had no issues. 

I have found the cup to be the perfect thing I was looking for, and secretly, I get a kick out of knowing I'm not throwing any rubbish away during my periods. I haven't spent a penny on sanitary supplies in the last five months, and don't intend to in the future.

It comes in a little pouch, which I keep in my handbag at all times incase I am caught short, but in reality since having the coil removed I have become much more in tune with my body. There are certain cramps which happen which precede my period and I have been able to insert the Moon Cup prior to it happening. 

There's no smell, no sweatiness, no feeling of dirtiness and no rushing to the bathroom when you realise you haven't changed your tampon in 4 hours. There's no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome that I am aware of, due to the medical grade of the silicone and quite frankly, I feel as though its the easiest option for me moving forward.

If you're looking for new ways to handle your time of the month, I would seriously recommend researching menstrual cups and finding one that suits you. There are a tonne of them out there, with the two mentioned today just a few of the ones I'm aware of. There are ones for each person regardless of if you have birthed a child, never had sex, big budget, small budget, whatever!

I have found myself much more happy during my periods because I know there is no chance of me being caught short, someone realising I'm on my period because of the bathroom stall rustling or otherwise.

I don't think I'll ever turn back, and I'm glad I made the £20 investment.

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