Menstrual Cup Review

Aug 2, 2020
Menstrual Cup Review

Never heard of a menstrual cup before? You're not the only one. I have only heard of it last year when a few of my friends keep talking about this eco-friendly and reusable alternative to the traditional pads and tampons. I got really curious about it so I looked it up online and the first thing I said after seeing some pictures was "How am I supposed to put this thing inside my vagina?" I'm sure you have the same question 😂

Before I bought my first cup, I asked a question on Instagram hoping to get some thoughts from other women that have been using menstrual cups for a long time, and surprisingly, I got all positive feedbacks. Is it worth trying? Let's find out! 


WHAT IS A MENSTRUAL CUP?

A menstrual cup is a small flexible device made of medical-grade silicone or latex inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Unlike pads or tampons that absorb menstrual fluid, its sole purpose is to catch and collect the blood. It is shaped like a bell with a stem that is used for insertion and removal and air holes near the rim to help the cup get a good seal.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT CUP SIZE

Most brands sell small and large size cups and choosing the right size is very important to prevent leakage and irritation. The height of your cervix plays an important part when choosing the right cup size for you. I've read some women would measure the height of their cervix but I didn't and just based it on the other criteria mentioned by the brand.

Small size is suitable for women who have not given birth and have a low cervix whilst the large size is suitable for those who have had vaginal childbirth and have medium to high cervix. Now, this can be a bit tricky. Just look at the photo below - both cups are small size but apparently, there is a really big difference when it comes to the actual size so make sure to read the product specifications as the size may vary from different brands. I mostly use the pink one especially on heavy days and use the clear one on lighter days.

Menstrual Cup Review

INSERTING AND REMOVING

There are so many ways to fold your cup for easy, proper insertion and prevent leakage. Look it up on youtube there are tons of video tutorials that are very easy to follow. Once you find a technique you're comfortable with, inserting your cup will be easy peasy once you get the hang of it. Fold your menstrual cup tightly and insert it like you insert a tampon without an applicator then release it so it will pop open and seal the vaginal walls. Pinch or rotate the base of the cup just a little to let some air out and to create a slight suction then pull the stem gently to check if there's suction if there is that means the cup has been placed properly. To remove simply pull the stem and pinch the base to release the seal. Empty the cup, wash it with soap and water then re-insert. I usually sterilize my cups before I use it and at the end of my cycle. Does it hurt? not at all. 

WHERE TO BUY

I haven't seen a menstrual cup being sold at malls so far but you can but it online. I bought mine at Shopee (Salamat, Shopee! 😂). The price ranges from 100 pesos to 2,000 pesos depending on the brand. I got mine for less than 500 pesos each.


PROS
  • Eco-friendly. 1 menstrual cup can last up to 10 years. Yes, you've read it right! Tampons and pads are made of synthetic materials which can take ages to decompose.
  • Saves you plenty of money since its re-usable. A decade of not spending on pads and tampons, how's that? Tampons in the Philippines are also quite expensive.
  • Good for overnight use. You can leave your menstrual cup in up to 12 hours without worrying about leakage just pop one before you sleep.
  • No yucky feeling that disposable pads make you feel when it's all soaked. You can barely feel it's there I sometimes forget I'm wearing it.
  • Can be used anytime, anywhere with whatever activity - swim, run, do martial arts, and even during long-haul flights.
  • Low to no risk of getting bacterial infections like TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) since it does not contain harmful substances.

CONS
  • It can be difficult finding the right cup size for you. Like I mentioned above, it varies from different brands - one brand's small size does not necessarily mean the same actual size with the other brands.
  • Removal can be a bit of a hassle and messy when you're out in the public. You had to wash it in the sink which is a bit embarrassing with other people around - I mean menstrual blood has this metallic-like smell and can even smell like death sometimes, we can all agree on that lol. I usually bring a bottle of water and a small container with feminine wash so I can wash it properly before popping it back in.
  • Latex allergy. This is one of the reasons why I was skeptical at first. I am allergic to latex and I was under the impression that menstrual cups are latex but while doing some research, I found out that most cups are made of silicone. Most, not all that means some are made from rubber or with the rubber component thus reading the product label is a must to know more about the product material.
  • It can irritate your vaginal wall as there are times you have to insert it over and over again to place it properly.

I've been using menstrual cups for 7 months now and switching to this has been one of the best decisions I've made yet I don't believe it is 100% risk-free. There is still a chance of getting an infection that can be prevented by making sure you clean and sterilize your menstrual cup and wash your hands properly before insertion.  It is not suitable for everyone so make sure to consult your doctor before using one especially women with medical conditions as it can be very risky. 

Have you switched to menstrual cups too? Let me know what you like most about it!

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