Saturday, 3 January 2015

Menstrual Cups Revisited!

Hello lovely readers,

I feel like I have been neglectful of both this blog and you guys so I thought I would do another visit to the world of the menstrual cup. I have now been using menstrual cups for 5 months so feel I can now comfortably discuss the pros and cons of their usage, and help anyone trying to make the leap.
I reviewed the Divacup here when I first started to use it, and alot has changed! I also discussed the Femmecup here previously. After going through 5 cycles with these ladies, I now feel like I can give a really honest opinion on them.
So here goes! The Femmecup was, and still is, my favourite cup.The softer medical grade silicone is so comfortable I can just put it in and quite literally forget I have it in for the whole day, until it starts to leak. This is where the love ends, it is quite a small capacity cup at around 15ml so I fill it up in just a few hours on my heaviest day. It is my favourite cup, but only on my lightest days, and I cannot wear it at night.
The Divacup however is on the other end of the spectrum. It is much harder cup, its made from the same medical grade silicone but it is thicker, and a firmer rim. At first I found it very uncomfortable and hard to get in the right place. I found the firmer ring harder to get to "pop" open once in place and just had a terrible few cycles trying to get it right. Until yesterday. Yesterday it all changed with a Eureka! moment. It suddenly just seems to "work". I got it in, kept it in while I was out for 4 hours, and then returned home to a half full cup. Emptied it, and back in it went, no problem. I even slept with it in, which is a first for me in the 4 months since I have had it. The Divacup is a larger capacity, and a longer cup which is why many women have trouble with it fitting in the right place as throughout the cycle your cervix will move up and down.

As far as the cons go to menstrual cup usage ladies, I can honestly say I don't think there are any. I find it cleaner and fresher. You know that uncomfortable feeling in the morning when you wake up with that "wet" feeling on your period? You don't get that. You know that funky smell you get with pads? You don't get that. You know the wet urine soaked string that you have with tampons, you guessed it. You don't get that either. What you do get is a small cup which needs to be emptied into a toilet or sink and rinsed then put back in. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it.

If you are shorter inside I would not recommend the Divacup at all, but if you are a lady with a heavier period it is definitely the one, of the two I have, that I would recommend. If capacity is not an issue then for comfort I would definitely go with the Femmecup.

So there we have it ladies, if you are still unsure about menstrual cups I would definitely make that leap, I did and I am not looking back. Head over to the Facebook group Menstrual Cuppers for advice as they are a great bunch of ladies. Also, if you would like to read more about cups there is a great blog over at Bunnie's Choice which discusses them further with pictures of fold methods etc.

So what do you think ladies? Do you use Cups? Have you? Will you? Let me know in the comments :)