My Reusable Menstrual Cup Experience | First-Time User
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After experiencing the worst periods I’ve had in years this past December and January, I dove into the world of menstrual cycles and natural remedies for pain. I have a terribly heavy flow and the worst cramps, so I was desperate for a sign of hope. In the process of researching, I stumbled upon two products that I believe will forever change my life – reusable menstrual cloths and cups. I had no idea reusable menstrual products existed and to be honest, like most people I was a bit turned off and confused initially. However, it didn’t take long for my disgust to turn into complete fascination and excitement. I purchased the Lunette Cup and several menstrual cloths the same day.
I immediately fell in love with the menstrual cloths and haven’t used standard pads since. I didn’t have the same luck with my menstrual cup; it took me 3 periods to finally have successful insertions, but now that I have….OH MY! There are tons of reviews raving about the beauty of menstrual cups, but I want to share my thoughts as a first time user so here we go…..
Menstrual cups can be terribly hard. It took me at least 15 minutes to insert it properly each time I tried. In addition to making sure you’ve slid it in far enough, you have to make sure the cup releases into it’s original state to avoid any leakage. This can be very difficult for a beginner. Unfortunately, I tend to be terribly emotional during my periods, so the process was extremely frustrating for me at times. Thankfully, I don’t mind the messiness that comes with my period. I couldn’t help but wonder how grossed out I’d be by the process if I did though. Period 1 my stomach pains were so severe I had to give up on inserting the Lunette cup entirely. Period 2 my cramps had improved due to healthier habits. I was able to insert the cup, but it wasn’t nearly as comfortable as the reviewers said it would be. It became so obnoxious I ended up removing it and using my menstrual cloths for my entire period instead.
Period 3 *smiles* period 3 gave me the hope I needed….
For my third period I decided to take a different approach. Rather than waiting for blood to start flowing, I inserted the cup the moment I began cramping and showing mild period symptoms. A few hours later, my lovely Aunt Flo decided to pay me a visit at work. Though I couldn’t take my mind off of the cup, I waited 2 hours before scurrying to the restroom for a panty check. A huge weight lifted off my shoulders when I saw there literally wasn’t a single drop of blood on my menstrual cloth. The longer I wore the cup, the less I felt it. I now understand what the reviewers meant. When properly inserted, you literally don’t feel the cup at all. I only used the cup for my heavy days (1-3), but it made such a HUGE difference in my period overall. I never realized until now how much of a difference comfort can make in your period. I still have a lot to learn to make the process easier, but I’m so much more confident after having one successful cycle under my belt.
I would recommend all women look into reusable menstrual products. There are tons of long term benefits and I am definitely a believer in them after my recent successes. Yes, they may take a bit more patience. Sure, they are a bit of an investment up front. But I personally could not be happier with my experience. I feel empowered and for the first time…ever….I feel that I’m in control of my period and not the other way around. I look forward to perfecting my own process and sharing more with you all along the way!
Be on the lookout for a Youtube series addressing the following topics:
- My Menstrual Cloth Experience (WATCH HERE)
- Menstrual Cloth & Cup Tips
- Sckoon Cup and/or Lunette Cup Review
Until next time….