I reached out on my Facebook page the other day asking for opinions and questions on menstrual cups. I had a friend surprisingly respond with an array of questions and she was serious about knowing more. I was surprised because this friend in question is really quite educated and I was unaware she hadn’t already made the switch like other girlfriends I associate her with. So I’m dedicating this post to said friend, and all the other women out there who wish they knew more about menstrual cups!
My Problem with Pads and Tampons
I remember before my cup days I used tampons. They’d often hurt going in and leak and my period was a pain. Then the string would aggravate my other lady bits and I’d have to fetch it from out of the crevices of my body’s natural folds. They’re expensive, too. And because I was younger then with younger boyfriends, it’s not something I could just add to the grocery list. And I know you’re not supposed to flush them, but who wants a blood soaked tampon in the trash? So I flushed them… and I have had my share of bloody bathroom floods.
I never was a pad user, but I know people who are. Strangely enough most of these people also have dogs. And those dogs love the period days. I can recall so many occasions where dogs would run out into the living room with their female owners embarrassed to be chasing their fur babies over a ripped up used pad. Also, the bathroom reeks of blood, ladies. I love you, it’s natural, I understand. But just because you wrap your used pad in the wrapper of the new one does not mean the smell goes away.
I do use pads for my lochia after giving birth though, and I can tell you right now that I can’t stand the “diaper rash” associated with regular use. I can’t even imagine having to worry about all that once a month.Besides the annoyances and the obvious land fill epidemic, tampons and pads are littered with nasty chemicals like bleach and rayon. Phallin of My Secret Cup goes into further detail about the dangers of both tampons and pads in her article “Why no pads or tampons?” Read it, because I love you and you need to know that these things are not good for your body.
My Switch to Cups
I had wanted a menstrual cup for a while before having my daughter almost 6 years ago, but when I did become pregnant I knew that it was a better time than ever to start my postpartum cycle off right with a Diva Cup. Yes, it was awkward. Learning the folds, positioning, and sealing mechanisms involved took a cycle or two to get the hang of. But I tell you what, the joy of not having to shop for disposable products and leaving no trace of my period in the trash can was well worth it.
Now several people come to me asking about leakage and going a long time without a bathroom break, etc. I have the “niagra falls” period. I have had very little leaks and when it does happen I know right away it’s because I rushed on insertion and didn’t seal my cup properly. It’s a learning process, like I said. But my cup can withstand nearly an entire day from cleaning it in the morning until I am settled for the evening.
I clean my cup once a day, in the morning. The rest of the time I’m just dumping and reinserting. If I have access to a private bathroom or handicap stall, I will rinse it thoroughly in the sink before reinserting. You can do the whole process without getting blood on you, I assure you. But let’s face it, if you are A. using the bathroom and B. changing your “cycle armor” then shouldn’t you wash your hands anyway? Just a thought…
Menstrual cups should not hurt you or cause any discomfort. If you’re experiencing any kind of odd sensations with a cup you’ve probably just inserted it wrong. The menstrual cup should fully encompass your cervix upon insertion. Most leaks and discomfort are cause by part of the cervix not being covered. This is an easy fix! Don’t be discouraged! Simply removed your cup and try again.
More About MySecretCup.com
Phallin is a mother of four with a history of horrible cramping and difficult periods. She began her journey in 2012 and has since been on a mission to spread the use of menstrual cups to all females! She is a firm believer in using menstrual cups to minimize pain and disease in the lives of women everywhere and minimize the effect that traditional pads and tampons have on the land fills.
My Secret Cup is a website dedicated to Phallin’s mission. It has tons of information about pads, tampons, and switching to a cup including wonderful videos to get you started and answer most of your questions. I wish I had someone to walk me through my experience like Phallin does in her videos. The website is loaded with information to assist you in making the decision to better the experience you have with your cycle.
My Secret Cup is also an online store carrying most brands of menstrual cups and corresponding accessories available in the USA. Prices are fair, sales are frequent, and shipping is free through August 16 with code SHIPITFREE! I love Phallin because her goal is simply educate and spread knowledge about our menstrual cycles.
Phallin of My Secret Cup is giving away one Diva Cup or one Lunette Cup in the winner’s choice of size and color! This giveaway runs for two weeks beginning Friday August 2, 2013 at 12:00 am EST and ending on August 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. This giveaway is open to all US residents and prize will be shipped directly from MySecretCup.com. Prize must be claimed within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Enter on the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
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Thank you for stopping by and learning about my switch to a menstrual cup. I hope you will check out MySecretCup.com and consider making the switch!
Disclaimer: This post and corresponding giveaway are sponsored by MySecretCup.com. Atta Mama is not responsible for fulfillment of prizes. All opinions are my own and I am a very serious backer of menstrual cup use. I shall not tell lies!