Menstrual Cups

Are you tired of spending lots of money every month on disposable products? Are you over managing your supply of said products every time you leave the house? Then when you are out having to take your handbag or a little purse of goodies with you to the loo? I think that was my absolute worst one – trying to conceal the goods – cringe-worthy! Menstrual cups could be just the thing you are looking for to ramp up your period-va-va-va-voom! Healthy, affordable, environmentally-friendly, convenient and free-ing. Read below to answer some of the big FAQs around menstrual cups.

For Your Best Period Ever!

You are absolutely in the right place if you are tired of spending lots of money every month on disposable menstrual products. If you want to be healthier and treat your vagina with respect. This is for you if you want to have your best period ever.

Just imagine what you can do with all the money you will save every month. Holidays, a new wardrobe, savings or even part-time studies. There is no limit to what you achieve.

Let’s jump right in…

Menstrual Cups How to Use

If you remember back to when you first started your period there was a definite learning curve as you got used to the “new normal”. Learning to use a menstrual cup is nowhere near as daunting as that.

Before you handle your menstrual cup wash your hands and wash them again after you have finished. Sterilising your menstrual cup before inserting it is a great idea. Either place it in boiling water for 3 minutes or spray with a sex toy cleaner.

Fun Cup A holds 4x as much as a tampon and Fun Cup B holds 6 x as much as a tampon. This should give you an indication of how often you will need to empty and replace your cup. A menstrual cup can be safely worn for as long as 12 hours.

Once your Fun Cup is in place you can swim, hike, train for the Olympics, horse-ride, kite-surf or do the usual cooking, cleaning and working. It will stay in place as you go about your usual daily activities. You might even forget you are wearing it!

Menstrual Cups How to Insert

For your first time, give yourself plenty of time as there is nothing like trying to relax while hubby and the kids call you ;) Start by getting comfy and either sit (over the toilet is good) or prop a foot up on the bath.

Fold your cup to make it a bit smaller to insert and bear down slightly while you push it as far in as you can. Your cup will pop open inside and you can wiggle it around to get a seal around your cervix. Double-check that you have your cervix covered by feeling around it with your finger. By gently tugging on the end of your cup you will feel it pulling you down and you know then that you are good to go.

When you are ready to remove your cup, wash your hands, bear down and pinch the bottom of your cup to break the seal. Alternatively, insert a finger into your vagina and break the seal at the rim by pressing it inwards.

When the seal is broken, slowly bring your cup out making sure to keep it straight so you don’t spill the contents. Empty the cup into the toilet. Wash it with mild soap and warm water and reinsert.

How Do Menstrual Cup Work

Menstrual cups work by creating a seal around the cervix and collecting menstrual flow. Unlike tampons and pads that absorb menstrual flow, menstrual cups collect it.

This is a really important consideration as menstrual cups don’t dry out your vagina by absorbing your natural lubrication. Your natural bacteria will also remain unaltered keeping your vagina healthier.

Also, if you want to have sex during your period – you can. For oral sex and clitoral stimulation you can keep your cup in place. For penetration, you’ll need to remove your cup. Your vagina will be moist and ready for action unlike when you remove a tampon that is dry and can cause micro-tears.

Are Menstrual Cups Safe

Absolutely, Fun Cups are made from medical-grade silicone that is body-safe, hypoallergenic, doesn’t trap bacteria and is easy to clean. Menstrual cups also don’t dry out the vagina (they collect menstrual flow and don’t absorb it) this helps to prevent vaginal infections.

Menstrual cups are also not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) a rare and life-threatening condition that is caused by wearing tampons.

Last thoughts

Menstrual cups have a short learning curve and really are the future when you consider all the benefits – it is well worth a cycle or two of adjustments and experimenting.

Let me know how it goes for you as it totally changed my life