Tag: Menstrual Cup

The Menstrual Cup- Everyone is Doing It

Our friends here in France threw us a little going away party this past weekend. I figured I would bring up the topic of the menstrual cup at some point since it was fresh in my thoughts. I decided to inquire about it with the youngest female at the party. Yes, I did this all in French.

She looked at me and enthusiastically, stated “Oui, bien sur j’utilise la cup”. Okay then. Also at the party was a mid-wife, who was closer to my age. I should have known that she was familiar with the cup and that I could ask her questions about the challenges I had with my experience.

Luckily she also spoke some english. She was even more enthusiastic about the topic. She shared that the cup I had used was to blame for how difficult it was to get out and explained that pinching the bottom of the cup, to unsuction it, was all that was necessary with the right fit.

I found out that all 7 women present knew of the cup and some used it as their sole resource during their menstruation. I, again, felt very out of the loop. I am curious how you may have heard about the cup and if you have tried it… Leave a message below.

Day 4-8- The Menstrual Cup Experiment

Yes, I have my period between 6-8 days. Each month is a little different but there are always a few very heavy days. This month, the first 4 days were light while days 5-7 were heavy.

Day 4- Easy Breezy

I was happy to wake up, take out the tampon and use the cup. I changed it twice today but then used a tampon for the evening again. As the day progressed, my period started to get heavier and clumpy. I predict that tomorrow will be the ultimate test.

Day 5- No plans today.

It was nice to have nothing going on today. We ended up going over to a friends house and BBQ’ing. Ahh summer time!! I put the cup back in and was gone for about 7 hours. When I got home I easily took it out and this time it was more full than it has ever been. Which was an experience. But I will be honest. It was better than wrapping up my soggy tampon with toilet paper and placing it in the garbage.

I do feel that I am getting more use to the cup. I am more comfortable putting it in and know when I have done it correctly instead of it having one side slightly folded. Taking it out continues to be challenging but I know what to expect which helps.

I continued to use a tampon at night because I am just nervous about it getting lodged up there. Plus, I feel like the heavier it gets the more likely it will be that it will leak. Though this hasn’t happened yet.

Day 6- Yucky Tampons

I woke-up and was leaking from the tampon I used last night. Let me point out that it is day 6 of my period and it keeps getting heavier. Anyone else have this problem out there?

Ugh the nasty soggy string and the smell. Getting real here. So after that was out, I gladly went back to the cup. Since I am having a heavier day, I am going to check it every 6 hours (the recommended is 8 hours) which is still 2 more hours than a tampon recommends. So the fact that I shouldn’t have to worry about my period an extra four hours is really great.

I ended up dumping the cup after 4 hours one time because my intuition just told me too. Which was a good thing because it seemed like it was necessary. In the middle of the day I ended up using a tampon because I wanted to disinfect the cup. I concluded that I will probably need two cups to cope with my period each month.

I will admit that my fingers get pretty bloody when I remove the cup. Mainly because of how high I need to go to pull the cup down. It is also a little shocking to see all the blood go into the toilette. This will take some getting use to.

Day 7- Bloody Sunday

It’s not Sunday but I wish it was because I need a day of rest after a week of bleeding. Today was another heavy day. I switched about every 4 -5 hours between cup and tampon.

This really allowed me experience the difference between using the tampon and the cup. I think once I find the right cup, I won’t ever miss tampons.

Even the fact that I will just have this little cup to carry around with me and not have random tampons everywhere. That would be so nice! I don’t know about you but I have tampons in all our bathrooms, in all my purses, gym bag, at work, in the car, even in my suitcases. To be able to get rid of all these would be really liberating.

Day 8- Done!!

Okay, I used the cup throughout the day and can tell that my period is finally over. Seriously, what a week. Overall, I am so glad that I tried the cup out and committed to this experience. I am actually looking forward to next month when I can try the new cup. Stay tuned.

Day 3- The Menstrual Cup Experiment

Day 3- Today did not start off well. I could not reach the cup this morning. I had to pinch and pull and pinch my insides to get a handle on the tail. It took a good 10 minutes of positive talk and calming my panic. It hurt and freaked me out so much that I used a tampon.

There was some relief in using something familiar. Though I don’t like the system and using tampons, now that I have experienced something different. But I would be driving around all day taking my daughter to and from dance practice and I wanted something familiar. I did not want to be worried about a cup getting stuck inside of me.

That being said, I noticed feeling more consumed about the usual tampon worries. “Am I going to bleed through everything” “Do I have enough tampons.” “When should I plan on changing it next.”

I certainly hope some men read this post. It is a good example of a day in the life of a bleeding woman. Maybe not for all but I bet there are many of us out there stressed about the same things each month.

Let me also take this opportunity to share that though I had been washing the cup off between dumping it and reinserting it, I had not disinfected it. Which is what I did while I had a tampon in. I just boiled water and left it in there for about 5 minutes. Your suppose to do this between each reinsertions.

I was not loosing hope about the whole cup idea but I was certainly freakout by this mornings episode. Does this happen to other women at night? I don’t know??

In between running my daughter to and from recital and fittings I went back to the internet to see about buying another option. I ended up choosing the FLEX cup. I am going to order this for next month and see if works better.

Towards the evening, after using tampons all day, I actually wanted to try the cup again. I felt that I was just as concerned about my tampons (for different reasons) as I was about the cup. The difference is I felt like the cup was less likely to leak. And, I ultimately have always been able to get it out.

I ended up using the cup for the recital and it went fine. It was actually really nice to pee and not feel like something was all peeped on or wet.

Taking it out before going to bed wasn’t an issues either. But for sleeping. I ended up using a tampon. I kinda wondered if the position I sleep in is good for the cup. Will the blood just spill out in me? Another example of not understanding or trusting it the cup yet.

The Menstrual Cup – What is it?

It wasn’t until recently that I even knew there was another option available to cope with menstruations each month. That option is called, a menstrual cup.

A menstrual cup is a small, flexible cup made out of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it.

I was curious when I began seeing and hearing more about a menstrual cup. I think the first one I ever saw was in Target. I wondered, “WTF is that?” and “who is using this?”

I have never heard my friends talk about a menstrual cup nor has any other woman shared this information with me. But, I wondered, “Is everyone using this, am I missing out?”

So I did a little research. As I learned more about them I became less skeptical. My main hold up was how heavy my flows can be. Could this cup hold all that blood and goop?

After the birth of my first child, 8 years ago, my periods have become heavier and last longer. When I say heavy I mean I put a super tampon in and 20 minutes later blood is gushing out of me. This is also usually accompanied with clumps of goop. I imagine this is my uterus lining and because it is so thick the tampon isn’t able to absorb it. I even use a pad on those days but I have still have managed to ruin underwear, pants and even work chairs because of this issue. It is a constant concern each month that I have just dealt with it and accepted as part of my life.

The only solution that my gynecologists have offered is to go on the pill. Which I have tried off and on throughout my life and the reality is, it doesn’t work for me.

Could the cup really be an alternative? Could it maybe even help reduce how heavy my flow can be?

What sealed the deal was listening to a podcast by Cassandra Wilder titled, “Why Switching to a Menstrual Cup Will Change Your Life.” It would be hard not to try give the cup a try after listening to that podcast.

The last concern I had was if I could find one in France. But low and behold, there next to the tampons and pads were two options of cups. I must be missing out!

With help from my husband, I choose the most expensive one $30, and home I went. Follow me for the next 6 days as I share my experience.

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