Menstrual cups are practically as old as tampons, but are only now starting to go mainstream. Cristen breaks down why it's taken so long for us to go with the menstrual cup flow.
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The cup sounds really gross and it is a bit gross, but I am never going back to tampons!
The cup is a 1000 times better in every way! Give it a try!
There is a bit of a learning curve and sometimes you struggle a bit, but once you get the hang of it you'll love it!
I love cups and unfortunately for me, I'm on vacation now and my period paid me a surprise visit 🙄 I'm having to wear tampons because the stores I've been to don't sell cups. My local stores don't sell them, either. I order on amazon. My target used to sell them apparently, but when I started using them, they had stopped because "No one bought them" according to the pharmacist. Grrr.
Okay, I'll bite.
I bought a Diva Cup for, hmm, $30.00 and gave it a try. Yeah, I could get it in and out with considerable time and effort. But I never seemed to get much better with practice. Just sore.
More importantly, Diva Cup triggered cramps, probably because it is not designed for anyone with a low cervix during menstruation. I would put in Diva Cup and within a half hour of wearing it, I'd be on 24 hours of Advil.
Thirdly, it seemed to cause urinary urgency. When it was in, I felt like I needed to urinate every 10 minutes.
If I was young, had a high cervix and a good disposable income, I would gladly go on a quest for the perfect cup. But I'm not, so I have pursued other options.
I wish I was able to use a menstrual cup or at least tampons.. its just very uncomfortable for me.. Ive tried different brands, sizes, and basically everything I can think of. I have recently discovered cloth pads (they are washable) and they have made me feel more comfortable than regular pads (thank goodness)
The part about getting up close and personal with the mid period vagina, misses the part that it is often sensitive then. Maybe I'm the only one, but for me even putting in tampons, which I prefer because they aren't a diaper, is a little uncomfortable.
First time I got the cup out of the package I was wary... first time I wore it I started burning my tampons (well, actually I gave them to my roommate, but yeah..)
I fing LOVE my cup and everyone I know who tried it is of the same opinion.
I've been curious about trying a menstrual cup since recently hearing about them. I've never seen them in stores and wouldn't know the first thing about how to find/purchase the best one for me. My second issue is that I've never been able to wear a tampon without pain and discomfort. I've heard plenty of women say "if you insert it properly you don't even feel it" & I've tried multiple times. My best experience has been unignorable discomfort, usually it hurts and I have to remove it immediately. How would a menstrual cup be any different if you still have to insert is to some degree?
I have used a cup for a couple months now and I absolutely LOVE it!!! It took me a while to get used to it but it was so worth it. I can't even express to you how awesome it is to forget you even have your period. And to only have to change it out once every 12-24 hours?!?! I don't understand why more people aren't using thass
I can't even stand tampons up there, and when they do that popping out thing it goes through me. I stick to old fashioned pads from the dollar store. I know I couldn't go through with shoving the cup up there. besides I imagine that doesn't help with with your kegals having a cup shoved up there.
I used one for the first time on a trip and it functioned phenomenally! I had a really hard time at first inserting it (it took me several cycles and many hours of muscles that weren't supposed to be tense). Once I got the hang of it, though, it was the most amazing thing!! Never going back to conventional period care. ❤️
When I first heard of menstrual cups I was like okay that's nasty but then I read alot about it and decided to just buy one and try out and I don't regret it! Every girl should at least try it! I talked about it with some friends and none of them heard of it before and they all were like oh it's gross... i think it's true in sex education in middle school we learned about pads and tampons and barely anyone questions it, it's the same with the anti baby pill. We learned about it in middle school and I mean if a 15yr old girl has her forst boyfriend it's an easy and safe way to protect but if you're older you realize how many hormones you took all the years and many women stopped taking it and then you first really see what it did to your body... most people are just to lazy to question things
Since I started using a menstrual cup last year I have told all my friends all about them and shared videos like this one that discuss menstrual cups and their awesomeness. I was typically a pad user, but if I wanted to go near water or wear something that couldn't handle the bulk I had to use a tampon, which I've never had a good time with since they dry everything out down there. The menstrual cup is the perfect balance since nothing sticks out, no one (including myself sometimes) can tell you're wearing it, no crazy chemicals, no risk of TSS, no SMELL!!!!! The smell was the biggest thing for me since I'm rather pungent that time of the month, and even pads and tampons that claimed to be odor blocking didn't really do the trick for me. The number one question I get (as most people do, I imagine) is about inserting and removing, and that is a learning curve, but SO worth it. I also find these much more sanitary since I'm cleaning it myself and it's not a box of pads or tampons packaged in some factory by goodness knows who (not saying anything bad about the people who manufacture period products, just saying stuff happens sometimes) and I'm just a bit of a control freak about some things. I love, love, love, love, LOVE my menstrual cup!!!!
Got me one today, already using it and I've never been better during my period ever before. And that's saying a lot, as I completely fucking hate having my period.
I don't get how cups aren't a thing. Pads are the most annoying thing ever. Tampons are gross, but at least you barely feel them. Cups on the other hand you can't feel (or see!) at all, they are less annoying when you gotta pee and cleaning them 2-3 times a day on average is enough for me.
I tried using a menstrual cup (diva cup) for a while I could never get the hang of it. Maybe I was putting it in wrong or something, but I would often get leaks and had to wear a pad with it all the time to avoid staining my clothes. Eventually I just went back to tampons.
There is a definite learning curve with menstrual cups that I think could be discouraging. But I love my cup now that I have the hang of it, but I think I made it harder on myself by switching between the cup and tampons. Being able to sleep with it in without worrying about TSS is the real life saver though.
i hope so!!! i switched to the diva cup and with in 2 months went to free bleeding, i still have cramps with the diva but the reusable underwear make free bleeding possible and honestly hold the smell better then pads. I hope one day free bleeding will be so popular youtubers will be reviewing menstrual underwear
My only concern with using cups is that they're made of soft silicone. My mum always used to say that softeners in plastic cause a higher risk of cancer. I don't want anything like that in my vagina! So unless I find some medical prove of them being totally not harmful, I'm really hesitant to use them.
As someone on birth control, period blood-catching is not really a problem for me anymore- all I need is a pantyliner every once in a while and I'm good. But as someone who also used to have horrendous first-few-days periods, I can see why people should potentially love menstrual cups, and in fact I had a friend who swore by them. However, I just really really don't like vaginas (even my own), so I don't think I could ever see myself using one.
You can die of TSS, toxic shock syndrome from wearing a tampon because they are a perfect breeding ground. And mooncups don't ever leak on me and I don't have to give money to those demanding luxury tax on these products! It pays for itself in a year or under depending on how much you use.
I have used Soft Cups for two years now. I am 33, have never had children, and I don't have any menstruation problems other than cramps and pms. Unless something changes with my body, I don't want to go back to pads and tampons! The cups make me feel so much cleaner!!
For those worried about changing in public bathrooms and not having access to a sink - something I was worried about as wiping didn't seem like a good option to me. The thing to do is bring a bottle of water with you to rinse the cup and your hands with over the toilet, it's easy and means to awkward bloody hands. I've also just emptied without wiping/rinsing and then wiped my hands with paper. You need fewer toilet visits with a cup, I regularly wear mine for 6-8 hrs without problems, I've found it less awkward than pads/tampons.
I've used my mooncup for several years now and never had a problem with spilling. Leaking is much less than with tampons and only a problem it's not in right or it overflows(which is rare and you get to know how often you need to empty it for your flow). It is a total learning curve at first but I wouldn't go back now.
You wanted to know why? At least in my house, my daughter and I only recently learned of their existence. And being a single FATHER, I feel a little awkward talking with my daughter about this option. (I had to bounce the tampon bit to female relatives.) But, if this saves money, is better for the environment, and can be handled by a 14 year old girl without her father having to tell her HOW to get the product inside her, I'm all for it.
I don't want to try one because I'm a heavy bleeder and just changing a tampon and or pad is a crime scene. And the whole having to wash it out before you put it back in .. I have no time for that, especially in public. Nobody wants to touch anything after you do when they see you at the sink rinsing.
Someone convince me otherwise because I'm poor and HAVE to use name brand tampons (generic pads are fine). Even better .. where can I get a free sample??
I have used a menstrual cup for the first time and I will say it does take some getting use to. Once I got use to placing it in, it was a dream because I hardly knew it was there and I will continue using it.
Switched to a menstrual cup (divacup I think) like six months ago. Total game changer. I don't feel it at all. It can stay in for most of the day. I change it regularly-ish anyway when I'm at home just in case, but if I'm out for the day, no worries at all - I know I'm covered. No leaks. Can put it in pre-shower, making it sooo much easier to dry myself with a white towel. Can go out without a purse if I want because I don't have to carry any other products. Isn't really harder to put in on more dry days like tampons. Lasts two years. Highly recommend.
I love the concept of these ... but I didn't love using them. They hurt for me to keep in, and I'm in enough pain during my period as is. And I'll be honest, I'm up for disposable ones more than the reusable.
I think that these are an up and coming change for a lot of people, but the actual products still need a little refining before they're going to be widely used.
+Gemma Pettersen Yeah same I think it might have leaked when I first got it and didn't know how to make sure it was in properly. And maybe a few time at night, but you aren't even supposed to wear tampons at night so diva cup wins again.
I used pads for my first year of periods (11-12 yrs) then I happily used tampons until my 35 yrs. Then I discovered the cup and have been using it since then (I'm 49 now). So, not literally true that you keep on using what you learned to use first! :) I think tampons are more comfortable (never thought they were "dry and cottony" because you use them when you're not... erm... dry, so fir me that fixes it!) but the cup is a big money saver, and easier when you are away from home. You don't have to bring nothing with you, you already wear all you need!
Im currious to which brand you have then. I have one of the ones that folds up when not in use and I love it for the most part but despite being made of silicone it has stained and does have some odder to it after 3 years of use.
Gemma Pettersen That's only if it tears or smells or whatever. Mine is silicone, so it doesn't absorb odors, doesn't degrade and doesn't absorb bacteria. It's pretty much the same as it was when I bought it. I have never had any problems with it. Some products like rubber will degrade or lose their shape, this hasn't. Basically, there is nothing wrong with it. It isn't even stained.
I was really excited about using one... but then I realized my downparts are too hurty and tight during menstruation and so putting it in made me almost cry from that pain... not mentioning that even after careful application I usually end up leaking... and when I need to change it.. yes, there is no sink.. and it gets very messy... I can only use them at home and then again.. not even that because of the pain... so it did't really help me... it's a shame... I thought it would save me lots of money and changing tampons at school and such...
I tried to buy one once online but It was more confusing than buying coffee at a Starbucks. They come in different sizes and I didn't want to discover my lady parts are fat when I tried the damisel in distress size. Besides, there are different materials and models and you can't try them first... or send them back to be changed. And they are not cheap, so if you get it wrong you might not want to pay again to see if a different model fits. In short, these are not for the "low risk tolerance" folks. However, I understand I would probably save money in the long run using them. I don't know... I might consider it again.
I bought mine last week :) Since I became vegan earlier this year, I had to find a more sustainable option that also hasn't been tested on animals so this is a win-win. I tested it blank, fits just fine and isn't uncomfortable.
I'm historically a pad user and I adore my cloth pads. I've never been all that comfortable with tampons and I've found it difficult to get used to the two cups that I have. I think the more education we have the better. But honestly, the best case scenario is that each of use using reusable products pass this information on to everyone we know... including our children. In many decades, reusable pads and menstrual cups could become "major parties."
I don't like the idea of inserting anything into my vaginal canal, not even my finger. Anything that has to do with penetration is off-limits. And before I found this video, I never heard of *reusable menstrual pads*. That's definitely going to be on my must-have list.
I started with pads. My hs girlfriend introduced me to tampons. When I learned about cups, I started using them. More comfortable than having a thick pad in my panty, and didn't painfully pull out my vagina on my light days. The money saving is a plus. To catch overflow, I used panty liners, but I did that with tampons, too.
So far no video on this topic has mentioned the fact that for some people this just isn't physically possible. Some vaginas just do not want anything inside unless they are super-aroused (and for 10% of vaginas even being aroused doesn't help!) and they will cause you all kinds of agony for just trying.
I just start to use a cup... the first "week" of the war was a nightmare... the second "week", the first 2 days was fine but the 3rd I had a horrible pain, I couldn't walk and cup make it worse... So I wait for the 4th week... we will see :(
I'm 54, I no longer need these products. I well tell you, I first heard about the menstrual cup 2 years ago. I would have liked to known about this to try it. When I needed to use something for ministration.
I'd love to use one, but I have some personal health issue that prevent it. At the same time, it seems like they'd be inconvenient to use if you're going to need to empty them while out and about, since there aren't proper sanitary measures for them in public bathrooms (likely due to their unpopularity).
I gotta admit that I was more than sceptical about menstrual cups--until I went out and tried one. And I was so scared before first trying it, because of all the negativity you find online. It seems to me like there are only two factions: those 100% for it, and those 100% against it. And neither presented the pros or cons objectively.
While I absolutely love my Meluna cup, it does not only come with advantages. One major disadvantage for me is that I can't wear it on my first period day, because it exponentially worsens my cramps to the point where I almost pass out from pain. At first I thought my body just needed to get used to it, but after the third cycle, it's still as bad, so I switched back to normal tampons on the first day.
Secondly, when starting out, be prepared to have to buy more than 1 cup before you find your perfect fit. Despite doing extensive research and measuring, the recommended menstrual cup for me ended up being too large due to strong pelvic muscles. It couldn't unfold properly. So I had to buy a second one.
And thirdly, the hygiene. Despite many women saying, you can just rinse with water from a bottle quickly and then reinsert, two gynos I talked to explicitly advised against that. Bacteria sticks unseen to the surface, so you should rinse with warm water and soap every time before reinsertion to avoid infection. Which makes a visit to a public restroom pretty awkward as you can imagine. ;P But, luckily, cups can be worn for 10-12 hours, so I can largely avoid that.
Overall, I love my cup, and wouldn't go back to just tampons. But they aren't the holy grail that some enthusiastic menstrual cup cult followers would like you to believe. Just as any other method, they come with a few disadvantages. It depends on every single woman and what makes them feel most comfortable during those days.
I'm not gonna lie. I guess I'm just really tight because when I first used my cup I was in a world of pain. I barely got it in and when I did I felt so stretched and I had to wait 30 minutes for the pain to subside. not to mention the in convince of having my hands covered in period blood. it's not something that I can use public for sure, but at home yeah.
SushiNekoProductions Did you look at different ways of folding it? I can't use the "7 fold" or the "C fold" that they recommend on the packaging because they are too uncomfortable for inserting. I use a fold I found online called the "labia fold" which is much narrower.
Because sticking something up my vagina terrifies me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I don't use tampons for that reason also but menstrual cups are not as easy to put in as tampons and people are already scared to put tampons in for the first time.) I'd rather use period panties or reusable pads. Also, sticking a cup up there probably poses health risks especially in areas of the world/country where it's hard to sanitize hands well enough or reusable pads.
Well, I switched to using a cup when I was about 23, it changed the whole way my period felt after a few months. I don't know if it was just psychosomatic but I had less cramps, I had less mood swings. So I totally switched to all of the the reusable products after that, including pads and never looked back :)
I think the hardest part about applicator less tampons or cups for me is when I'm in a public restroom with stalls and I don't have access to a sink before I redress. Also not wanting to look like a horror movie is a good thing.
I LOVE my cup! I've had it for 2 years now, literally saving myself hundreds of dollars. It's also more comfortable than a tampon and not as prone to picking up bacteria (mine is silicone).
I also used to get a lot of UTIs when I'd use tampons, haven't had one since I switched.
When my daughter starts her period, she's going to get ALL of the options...not just here's a pad and here's a tampon, which do you want to use?
I'm really tired of people acting like menstrual cups are the best thing ever and that everyone needs to switch. I tried two different ones and it didn't work. It was really disappointing. I was all over forums looking and asking for advice but nothing worked. My period is too heavy and I guess I have a wonky vagina (actually I know I do). I just wish it worked out.
I understand there are many benefits in using menstrual cups but keep in mind that there are people that already have a hard enough time having to deal with getting their periods without having to dig around in their vaginas as well. As a pre-transition trans guy just getting my period gives me dysphoria let alone interacting with my genitals so I'd rather avoid sticking a tampon or moon cup in there and use pads instead.
When my friend first told me about menstrual cups my first response was "ew, gross!"; yet I started reading about them, learning more and more why they are far more preferable to tampons, and tried them.
The first menstruation with a cup I already knew: I never want to go back. Ever. In fact, I mourned the fact that I found out about them about 14 years too late. God, how I wish I knew these things existed when I was still a 13 year old....
But now, about half a year after I started using them, I think back at tampons and pads and think "ew, gross!". Mainly because my cat won't scratch the garbage bag open anymore because it smells blood, and those cups prevent those nasty smells you'll always get with pads or tampons.
Anyhow, I believe the menstrual cup needs grow to a large contender mainly from females telling other females how darn great they actually are.
i love my cup and I think that people (mostly women) don't talk about that because they don't have a good relation with their own body. Vagina is still a taboo for many women.
However, I will never go back to tampons and pads.
I bought a Diva Cup on sale and I love it!! It's great not to have to worry about it for 12 hours. It's never filled up, even on bad days. I use it with Thinx, which are also great! I don't make any trash! It's initially a bit of an investment, but I've saved so much money and it's so much easier.
I think its an accessibility issue. In Canada there's only one brand that's available in mass distributors and drugstores, and even so, the Divacup doesn't even always exist year round. Its entirely possible someone might use the Divacup and hate it, but not even know that there are other alternatives out there. Its also really hard for Canadians to access reusable sanitary products, or the period panties, because we have to deal with a national postal service that is in the middle of labor negotiations (currently) and also shipping charges, customs etc, as these things don't exist in mainstream stores.
I don't know why some women are so repulsed by their own bodies. I've seen a lot of negative comments about menstrual cups, both online and actually hand-written on promotional signs in ladies bathrooms. I really cannot understand how some women make comments like 'eww that gross and disgusting' about menstrual cups and not about tampons. It's your body and your own blood. How is collecting your blood in a wad of bleached unsanitised material, that ultimately ends up in landfill, less disgusting than collecting your blood in a sanitised, medical grade silicone cup that goes into a treatment plant or septic tank with the rest of the waste water (depending on where you live).
I use folded paper towels with a thong as my menstrual belt. It is a low-cost, biodegradable solution. It is also more comfortable in my opinion. It feels more secure to have it held close to my body. Occasionally I use washcloths as reusable pads, but those are difficult to clean and they start to smell if you don't take care of them immediately. I keep some washcloths in my purse because they do not get deformed between my cycles and I'll remember to wash them in the sink as soon as I get home.