I’ve been using a menstrual cup for the last 8 years or so. And I totally love it. But that was not always the case. When I was 19, studying abroad in Costa Rica, there was a girl in my program who was obsessed with her menstrual cup and tried to convince everyone else with a yoni to get one! Most of us, myself included, thought she was crazy.
Fast-forward a few years later and I was totally hooked and thinking, “man, she really knew what was up with the whole cup thing.”
In this article, I am excited to share about menstrual cup options, why I choose a cup over pads or tampons, and I’ll share some of my top tips for rocking a cup.
Menstrual Cup Options
There are a number of options when it comes to choosing a menstrual cup, and within the various brands, there tend to be two models: the first for pre-birth vaginas and the second for post-birth.
I have only tried two: the Diva Cup and the cup I have now, which as far as I can tell, doesn’t have a catchy name, but I wish it did because I really enjoy it. If you want to check it out, you can find the link to it on our Recommended Products page.
I bought this cup for $7.49 on amazon and love it. It fits me well, being the smallest one I coudl find, after finding the Diva cup to be too big.
If you want to do more research on cup models and compare and contrast the options, there are tons of articles out there, like this one, which I just found through a google search.
Why I Use a Menstrual Cup
- It’s easier and more minimalist! It takes up very little room, is flexible, I don’t have to go out and purchase more all the time, or wondering if the brand I like will be available.
- It’s more comfortable for me than a tampon or pad. It took some initial getting used to, but was worth it! Tampons dried me out and pads felt like a diaper.
- It feels better for my body. I don’t like putting any cotton inside my vagina, and especially not the kind that has been bleached, which is the majority of tampons. I don’t have to worry about chemicals or other weird things, and studies show that wearing a menstrual cup instead of tamons drastically reduces the possibliity of infections, like yeast infections.
- It’s better for the environment. Lest waste? Count me in.
- At a one time purchase of $7.49, or even on the higher side, at Whole Foods for $40, it’s vastly menstrual cups are vastly less expensive than the typical $50-$100 people spend a year on pads or tampons.
- Menstrual cups can hold a lot more blood than tampons or pads, so I can often go all day without emptying mine.
- I like that using my cup brings me closer to my body and what’s going on with me. I think it’s important to be comfortable inserting our fingers in our vaginas. I do this to check my cervical fluid and cervix position ever day anyway. To have this level of comfortability with our bodies feels like such a beautiful, basic human thing to do that I feel like we have been guided away from.
TIPS for Wearing A Cup
- Give it a fair try, for a few cycles, before making a firm decision. It took me some time to get used to how to put my menstrual cup in and get it to fit and feel right, but since I have figured that out, I find a cup to be the most enjoyable option around.
- Use it as little as possible. It’s still a foreign object inside the vagina, after all. I find that if I wear my cup for more than 3 days, my vagina starts to get irritated, so as my flow is winding down, I stop using it, and allow myself to spot into a pair of boy shorts I reserve for this special time of my moon cycle.
- Clean it at the end of your flow. When my bleeding has ended, I boil it in a pot of hot water on the stove for 10 minutes, sometimes adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil to the liquid. When it’s done being boiled, it has been thoroughly cleaned and smells nice. Then, I store it in it’s bag until my following cycle.
- If you are in a public restroom, where the sink is outside the toilet area, and need to change your cup, plan accordingly. Bring a bottle of water, paper towels, whatever you will need to feel comfortable. Since it’s not necessary to change a cup that often, you can likely plan around this, but just in case you find yourself in such a situation, it’s good to have a plan.
- If you are going to go upside down, or doing big dynamic movements, empty your cup before your inversion practice ;). I’ve had more than a few interesting inciodents because I did not do this, and have learned that the suction gets disrupted when inverting and doing other dynamic movements, and blood can leak out. Now, On the first two days of my flow, which are heavier for me, I do this before practicing handstands or acrobatics, and if I’m going to be playing for any considerable amount of time, I also wear a pair of boy shorts I’ve deemed my period panties (which I find work better than the actual period panties I’ve tried), and then make sure my pants are dark just in case.