Would you believe me if I told you I have not used a tampon in 6 months?
Well its true, I have not used a tampon in 6 months and it’s not because I am pregnant. Would you like to know how? Also get ready for a long post, lots to fill you in on (pun intended).
I use a cup. Not a cup you drink out of, but a menstrual cup. There are so many reasons why I have made the switch, which I will share, I also want to share with you information about using a mensural cup and how you can to make the switch.
Some of you might already know about this product and others might be like me and think what the heck is this chick talking about. I was clueless, never heard of such a thing when my sweet friend Callie shared with me she used a cup. If you know me I was in shock but then needed all the details.
So what did I do next, went to google, and then she shared all the details. From what her experience had been to what is it like to go poop with it in. Then a few weeks later I saw Candace Cameron talk about using a menstrual cup on IG stories. It was so funny hearing and watching her talk about her experience and answer so many questions about how to use a menstrual cup. Right then and there I said “my next cycle I am doing this, I am going to use a menstrual cup”.
Thanks to Candace I learned about a website and Instagram account called Put A Cup In It. This site gives you everything you need to know from what is a menstrual cup to will the TSA body scanner be able to see my menstrual cup? You can also take this amazing quiz that helps you find the right cup for you and your body. I took the same quiz and I love the cup it suggested.
Put A Cup In It (PACII) does a great job of explaining how to use a cup as well. I have gone deeper for more information and video/cup reviews, youtube is a great place to get this extra information.
Now I want to share my experience. Thats what you came here for right . . .
I can’t believe I have been tampon free for six months. I think that is a huge success. I will not say it was easy, it takes time and commitment. Like anything else you also have to learn how to use this product, which is why youtube is so helpful.
My first cycle with the menstrual cup : I remember getting the cups in the mail right before I knew I was going to start. I am extremely regular (not on the pill) and use the period tracker app. I watched a few videos and felt ready for when flow came to town. I can not lie to you and tell you it was perfect, it looked like a crime scene in my bathroom. I think I attempted to insert the cup about 20 times before kind of getting it. Its a lot of trail and error at first. But once you get it you know and you are secure for 10-12 hours and from leaking. That first cycle when I would get it in correctly I didn’t trust the cup and would go to the bathroom often to check and make sure it was still in there and not leaking. Each day got easier to put it in and only having to change it 2x per day was helpful. By the end of that cycle I knew it was something I was committed to keeping up.
I noticed a few changes : Each year I was getting older I could see a change in my periods. They were getting a little heavier, with stronger cramps and more blood clotting in my flow. Once I read that those things would go away, possibly when using a menstrual cup that was enough for me to try. After the first cycle my period was down to 3 days, my cramps were almost completely gone, and I has less blood clots. Those result were enough to keep me using the cup.
It took me : about 3-4 cycles to nail down how to insert the cup perfectly for my body, not have any leaks, and feel confident to go 10-12 hours without having to empty my cup. Don’t give up, keep educating yourself and watch videos to earn better methods of using the cup.
What I have saved : I have saved over $300 already on period products. My cup cost me $32, I think you can see the value. I also think about the amount of waste there is with tampons and pads. I also feel a lot cleaner knowing that I am letting my period exit from me the way it is intended to not absorbed by something that is bleached and not good for the inside of my body.
What I have learned : My body is unique and I know my way around it better than ever. You have to be open to knowing the inside of your body to be able to use a cup. This scares many women. Don’t let it scare you. It has been so amazing learning how our bodies function each month. I also learned to empty the cup in the toilet first. I have cleaned up a spill or two from not paying attention, oops. It is messy when you first start, don’t let that deter you from trying. The more you get to know your body the less messy it gets. I almost never get blood on my hands any longer.
Introducing the menstrual cup into my lifestyle has been a great experience. Even with the learning curve I stated committed and didn’t give up. The benefits are real and I know my body thanks me each month for using a cup instead of tampons. I want to express this is my story. My experiences might be similar or different than yours and that is ok. Each one of us is made differently and there is not a one size fits all. But with patience and time you will learn what works for your body and see the benefits as well.
I am not a doctor. These thought are my own. You should consult your doctor if you are interested in using a menstrual cup.
I will keep this blog post active by adding more information and experiences as I enter into new stages of life, hoping one day motherhood. Please visit the websites and youtube channels that have helped me navigate this new way of dealing with my period. I used to hate that time of month but now it feels no different and I don’t mind them at all.
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