Curious about Menstrual Cups? Here's Why I Love Them and How I Use Mine
So, my post on reusable menstrual products got a lot of mixed reviews!
But in particular, there was a lot of interest in menstrual cups and how it works. Since of all of the ones I tried, the cup is my absolute favourite, I thought I’d delve into a bit more sharing why I love and how my use OrganiCup menstrual cup.
My OrganiCup menstrual cup is a small flexible cup made from soft allergy-friendly medical grade silicon. It is folded and worn internally just below your cervix where it catches the menstrual fluids. When it’s full, it’s emptied, rinsed and reinserted.
Pretty simple and straight forward yes? Let’s keep going.
I did a trial run before I got my period and I found it easy to insert in the punch-down fold while squatting in the shower. Water is an excellent lubricant or you can also use any water-based lubricant. It is very useful to check the height of your cervix so that you know how high or low to position the cup. You can do a quick Google search to find out how to check. I have a fairly low cervix so I had to cut off the stem of my cup so it didn’t poke out too far. It hasn’t affected the cup or insertion/removal in any way. It took me two cycles to fully get used to the entire process. It may take more or less time depending on your level of comfort with touching your intimate bits and the sight of blood. One of the upsides of using a menstrual cup as reported by most regular users is that you will learn a lot about your body and quickly become comfortable.
As someone who has always preferred tampons to pads, I absolutely love putting it in and forgetting about it for 8 hours on my heaviest days and up to 12 hours on other days. It can contain up to three times as much as pads or tampons so I don’t usually need to change in a public restroom, but when I do I try to use the accessible stall with a sink or I bring wipes and a water bottle with me. So far, I haven’t had any problem. I just make sure to be always prepared. I also still take back-up cloth panty liners in case there’s a leak but I’ve hardly needed them.
Before the first use and at the end of every cycle, your menstrual cup should be boiled for at least five minutes to sanitise it. You can also use sterilising tablets used for baby bottles. During your period, it can just be washed with unscented soap. I wash mine when I shower but in between changes, I just rinse it out with warm water.
note: You should always rinse the blood out with cold water first before using warm water. This stops the blood from staining the cup and causing discoloration.
In menstrual cup terms, the OrganiCup is an average sized cup. The silicon is medium resistance i.e. it’s neither too soft nor too hard to fold. It comes in two sizes: size A for women who haven’t given birth and size B for women who have. It comes in an organic cotton pouch and recycled cardboard box with the instructions printed directly unto the box.
So would I recommend the OrganiCup? Absolutely! It’s the first cup I bought and I haven’t had to get another one in 11 months.
I’ve converted so many people and according to the OrganiCup data, 9 out of 10 people who try it continue to use it. It also helps that it lasts for years and not hours so that’s money saving and environment saving. I’m really hoping you’d be keen to try it and tell me what you think.
So we’ve collaborated with OrganiCup to giveaway one cup, if you’d like to try! It’s open to everyone in the UK and Europe. Just leave a comment here telling us why you’d like to try the OrganiCup, and we’d pick a winner. If you’re interested in purchasing one or two as you should be, you can also use our code KACHEETEE for 20% off the retail price on the OrganiCup website. Also the website is very detailed with lots of information and all your questions answered, so do check it out.
Have you tried a menstrual cup yet? It’s honestly not as crazy as you may think. For example using a tampon or even using contact lenses for the first time might have been weird, but now it’s so routine for many people.
So, what are your fears? Let’s have some girl talk in the comments below!