Yes you read right! Today I am going to talk about periods but more specifically the period cup. Period cups have been around for a while now but they are becoming more and more popular lately. Once you try this, I can guarantee you that you will not go back to pads or tampons.
The first time I heard about a period cup was on a random YouTube video, then, I kept coming across it more and more. I have used tampons for years, I don’t use pads because I can’t get pass the idea that I am sitting on my blood for a long period of time. I understand that everyone has their preferences, and mine was to use tampons with thin panty liners for extra protection on my heavy flow days.
We have all heard of the possibly of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons use, although rare, there are couple of cases reported and some cases of death. There is also a lot more information about how tampons are made. The process involves the use of a lot of chemicals that can harm us. Most tampons and pads are not recyclable, therefore, not environmentally friendly. Also cost is another bummer, especially if you want a painless application and want to purchase tampons with a plastic applicator instead of the paper applicator (outch!)
We now have a solution to all of these issues! A period cup is environmentally friendly, painless, hygienic and cost effective. As the name suggests it’s just a flexible cup that you insert in the vagina and it catches all of the blood. It’s made with 100% silicone therefore it doesn’t allow much bacteria growth and is very hygienic. Suggest you boil yours in water for 5 minutes at the beginning and end of you cycle and wash it with soap and water in between.
They come in a cone shape for the most part with different sizes. Before you purchase one you will need to assess which cup would work best for you. First, you need to determine if you have a high or low cervix. To determine your cervix placement, insert your middle finger in you vagina and if you can comfortably insert your entire finger without discomfort then you have a high cervix. With a high cervix, you can use just about any cup size but avoid using a low cervix cup as it can rise up and be difficult to remove. If you can only insert half or less of your middle finger then you have a low cervix and therefore will need a shorter cup. You will also need to assess if you need a pre or post delivery cup. If you have delivered a baby you might (or may not) need to get a post delivery cup which is always labeled on the packaging.
The cup can be folded in half for easy insertion, once inside it will open up and create a seal on the vagina wall. Unlike a tampon, the period cup does not go all the way into the vagina, the tip of the cup should be sitting right on the outside of the vagina. This will make it easy to remove. The period cup can be left in for up to 12 hours. To remove it, simply wash your hands and pull on the tip, contracting your muscles and push it out. Once removed, slowly pour content into the toiled, wash the cup with soap and water and reinsert. If you are in a public bathroom, just wipe the outside of the cup with toilet paper or bring wipes with you if necessary.
You might experience some leakage while using a period cup but no more than what you would experience with a tampon. I use a thin liner to avoid stains. If you’re having too much leakage, try a stronger or larger cup, also the cup may not be fully open, try pulling it a bit out and pushing it back in to make sure it’s fully open. If you are experiencing pain or too much pressure around your bladder area, you might need a softer cup or try pushing the cup up a little bit. Using a period cup for the first time may feel a bit awkward, just like your first time using a tampon, after a while you will get used to it.
Tips for first time users:
- Make sure you have tampons or pads with you the first time to wear your period cup
- Wear your period cup for the first time on your day off just in case it bothers you too much
- If you’re a worrisome person make sure you have someone with you the first time you put it on.
- Practice inserting and removing the cup a couple of times throughout the day
- Have wipes and hand sanitizer with you.
- Remember the cup can not get lost or disappear in your vagina
- Do your research before purchasing one
- Beware of knock off brands
Have you used a period cup before? Any tips or tricks? Please leave comments below <3