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Menstrual Cups: tell me everything! I’ve been thinking of switching for a while now, but still feel intimidated. Can you guys spam me with advice, info, and your experiences??

Menstrual Cups: tell me everything! I’ve been thinking of switching for a while now, but still feel intimidated. Can you guys spam me with advice, info, and your experiences??

ajc012345

Join us over on r/menstrualcups :)


-kris-wilson-

And, when you remove can you rinse and reinsert immediately? Or do you find yourself needing more than one to alternate between


a-curious-girly

Just one is fine, and maybe more practical. Just wash and reinsert. If you use two you still need to wash the first one.


-kris-wilson-

Did you all have to do a lot of trial and error to find the brand and size that works for you? Which brands are you loving?


a-curious-girly

Kind of. My first cup I bought because I saw it in the store. That wasn't a good idea... It didn't fit me. After that I took the cup quiz and got saalt small. It fit well, and if my cervix wasn't taking half of the capacity it would've been perfect. Then I bought the bigger size and now it's great. Loving it.


ki5aca

The cup took me 3-4 periods to get used to. To begin with I only wore one when at home. But it’s so worth it. When I’m heavy I wear period underwear as back up, which is also amazing. On really heavy days I empty it every 4-6 hours but most days it’s good for 10 or so. Can’t recommend cups highly enough!


strawbscorpion

Its strange trying to adjust to them at first but after you get the hang of it they're brilliant. I'm never going back to tampons if I can help it. So comfortable, feels like its not there. Easy to rinse out- use cold water first them soap and warm water. Sterilise by either boiling in a pan on the stove (inside a wisk so it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan) or you can purchase a steriliser cup for it. I'm so glad I switched. I had problems with disposables, pads were itchy and gross and tampons would just get gross and be really uncomfortable to remove. Plus all the disposables piling up in the bathroom bin would reek. The cup is just way cleaner and more comfortable and you can wear it for like 12 hours.


threeofbirds121

Hi!! I just started literally at the beginning of this week. I was definitely intimidated the first night and insertion and removal were both a bitch. But by the next night I felt a million times more comfortable and now at the end of my period I feel like I’ve got it down pat and I am MUCH happier than I ever was with tampons. Cups hold more fluid and don’t do that terrible thing where your period is light and then it’s super uncomfortable and sort of painful to remove your tampon because your dry. I also haven’t leaked once. That being said, I have a few logistical pieces of advice for you. 1) The standard for insertion is something like “flatten it then fold once, then once it’s in half an inch turn it 360 degrees and it will pop open.” This, however, did not work for me, at least at first. The fold itself (the standard fold) worked fine but I found that once the cup was inside me an inch or whatever that squeezing the base while sort of swishing it in a circular motion helped it open much easier. Perhaps this is what they all mean when they say to spin it 360 degrees but I find that a gentle manipulation of it almost as soon as it’s in is really the way to go. Once it’s in run your finger around the outside of the cup (you don’t have to put it all the way in and honestly I’m not even really able to with the cup in there) to make sure it’s totally smooth and not still folded in any places. If it is just sort of spin that baby around while squeezing the base and all of a sudden it’s.. just in. And once it is you can’t feel it! 2) The tip (the little tail thing it has) is… well I dislike it to be honest but I’m getting used to it. It’s pretty long when you first get it but I trimmed mine substantially. I’d suggest filing the edges if you cut it though because the sharpness of freshly cut silicone can be irritating. It should be inside your vagina, not sticking out, so make sure you trim it so that it’s comfortable for you. Honestly I might trim it off completely because, as my next point illustrates, you kinda don’t really need it. 3) Ok so removal. Don’t try to remove it by pulling on the tip. The cup stays in place by gently suctioning to your cervix so pulling on just tugs at your cervix and it doesn’t feel great. Instead squeeze them base to release the suction and then rotate it a little while gently pulling it out. It will feel weird but once you’re used to it, it won’t be bad. I’m still getting used to it to be honest. It might seem like the blood will spill out and get everywhere but that never happened. Make sure to at least rinse it before putting it back in and wash it with mild soap at least once a day. Boil when done (and before first use!!) Don’t be intimidated by the learning curve. I am honestly freaking loving this thing despite its quirks and I’m sure I felt the same way when I started using tampons. Good luck!!


OceaneArt

I highly recommend looking up the YouTube channels Put a Cup in It and Period Nirvana. Period Nirvana has a curated shop on their official website as well. As for using menstrual cups, I’m fairly new at it. My best friend got me into them after hearing how much money I waste on pads. It has taken me a little to find just the right fitting cup, but I’m getting there! I do recommend using them at home for a few days of your cycle before going out and doing a full test drive. I also highly recommend the Cora Cup Wash to use during your cycle once a day. I boil mine between cycles, but while on my period it keeps the cup very clean and sent free.


culotte91

Do you know about menstrual discs? I actually went through a cup vs. disc list before deciding the disc was best for me. I agree video tutorials help as does taking a deep breath with insertion. If you consider getting a disc instead of a cup, I recommend getting 2, one for day and one for night. Lumma always sells theirs BOGO btw.


SugarPlumFarie

My main point of advice would be to not only focus on how to put them in & create "the seal," but take time to watch vids & learn how to remove them. I was so concerned with the 1st part I did the majority of my research on that. The 1st time I tried one, on a light flow day, and then just yanked it out like a tampon... I felt like a champagne bottle being opened. Hurt & was a bit scary. Did not try the moon cup again for another 2 periods. There is far more of a learning curve with the cups, & I'm still learning, but highly rec giving it a go. (38, mum of 1 who gave partial vaginal birth. I've been having my period for almost 30 years, so I like to try anything new. I've tried several moon cups so far & like June best in their M cup size.)


-kris-wilson-

Oh, and btw, I’m 35 and have had two vaginal births. I have been using tampons and period undies, but want to make the switch


OceaneArt

Sorry for the additional comment here. It is recommended by most cup companies to get the larger size if you have carried a full term pregnancy. But i recommend trying to get a dual pack to try out both sizes. I believe Saalt and June have these available to try out. That way you can try both regular and large sizes. I also want to highlight I usually use a bigger cup in the beginning of my period and switch to a smaller cup on the last few days when it is lighter. I also ALWAYS cut the stem off, but I think my cervix sits lower.


threeofbirds121

I just started using a cup and I’ve already cut my stem super short because I honestly don’t even use it and I actually can’t stand it. It’s like the one thing I dislike about my cup. I think I’m on my way to cutting it off completely.