My Menstrual Cup Q&A (NSFW)

Hello, and welcome to Beyond Pretty Thoughts! In today’s blog post, I will be doing something a little out of the ordinary, for me, and for my readers. I will be reviewing my newly found, “Menstrual Cup”, with a Q&A created by muah. This blog post is not for the weak stomached. Spoiler: I will be talking about my hooha.

Before I get into it, let me just say that periods ARE NATURAL! Blood is natural. The female body was created where it will release an egg during our ovulation, and if that egg is not then fertilized within a small window, it will then be flushed out with our uterine lining once a month, with what is known more commonly as, the female period. So if your man is tired of you complaining about your cramps, which to some women, are compared to minor birthing contractions, and or that you are on your second pint of Ben & Jerrys Half Baked, just give him this small reminder. YOU COULD HAVE FERTILIZED MY EGG! Oh but you aren’t ready for a child yet? Yeah, then hush man boy, and let me eat my damn ice cream.

Q: What is a Menstrual Cup?

A: A menstrual Cup is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina to catch, and prevent the leaking of blood. These cups are normally made of medical grade silicone.

Q: Why use a Menstrual Cup vs Tampons/Pads/Period Panties?

A: Menstrual cups have many, many benefits to them. The number one benefit is the environment of course. One Menstrual Cup can hold 25-40ml of blood! The average woman flows 1-2 ounces every cycle. So if you think your flow is too heavy, and that it won’t work, think again! This thing is badass! So goodbye to tampons, and other period products. My favorite benefit is that the cup can be worn for up to 12 hours, without leaking, and no fear of TSS(toxic shock syndrome). That is basically the entire time you’re awake and active. No more trying to find a bathroom because you feel uncertain if you’re leaking through. *wipes sweat off brow*

Q: Is it hard to use?

A: It takes some time getting used to. Especially if you’re so used to the convenience of inserting a tampon. But nothing that cannot be mastered after a few attempts. Just remember that you are on your period, and you are getting more up close and personal with your lady parts than you would be just inserting a tampon. But I promise it is so worth it, and you can finally have a peaceful cycle.

Q: How do you empty and reinsert?

A: Well there are plenty of helpful tips online that show many different ways you can fold your cup and insert it. You just have to discover what works best for you. I happen to use the “C” or “U” fold. They are one in the same. I find this to be the easiest method. You pinch, and fold one half of the cup inwards, and that makes it so the cup is easy to insert, and is about the size of a tampon. Then when it is inserted, it will open right up. You should always check the base of the cup after it’s inserted to make sure it has opened, or it will not be effective. If you feel the base, and there is an indentation, try twisting the cup, or pinching it in that spot to see if it expands open. When it does, pull down on your cups tail, to make sure it’s suctioned in place, and you’re ready to conquer the day! Emptying is much easier. You just feel for the base of the cup, pinch it in, and that will release the suction, and you can slide it out. Tip: Do this over the toilet, as it is a cup full of blood. When removing, tilt the cup towards down so it easily pours out . Rinse the cup with soap and water and reinsert.

Q: That sounds hard, what if you’re in a public restroom? How would you wash it off, and reinsert?

A: When I’m on my cycle, and I’m going anywhere, I always carry a bottle of water with me. You should be hydrating throughout the day anyways, so this is just a helpful reminder to have water. If you are out, and don’t have water, chances are you are not leaking, as remember you have 10-12 hours you can have the cup in without leaking, so you can grab a water somewhere. Then when you’re ready, and in the bathroom, use your bottle of water to rinse of your cup over the toilet. Easier than it sounds.

Q: This sounds like a lot more work than just inserting a tampon and going. Why should I switch?

A: 10-12 HOURS PEOPLE! How many tampons do you use throughout the day during your cycle? For me it was every 2 hours. Sometimes less! So that’s an average of 10-15 tampons, and 10-15 bathroom trips! With the cup, you have to empty it maybe once or twice. That is it! The hassle, if any, is so worth it! No more worrying. No more ruined underwear!

Q: How long does one cup last?

A: One Menstrual Cup can be used for two-three years! Yeah. Suck it tampons. Just clean it in between each cycle by soaking it in hydrogen peroxide, and that will keep it sparkling! As some may get dingy and stained from the blood. Soaking is not necessary. Just an extra cleanliness step.

Q: There are so many brands to choose from? Which one did you choose?

A: I only tried one brand, and instantly fell in love. I did read reviews before purchasing of course. My preferred cup is the Lunette Cup . For all questions and answers above, this one was the easiest to work with. Do your research and find what’s best for you. You can also have fun with choosing a color!

Q: It’s kind of expensive..?

A: Most Menstrual Cups cost anywhere from 20$-60$. The one time purchase covers you for 2-3 years! That’s saving you 300$ in tampon cost! Easy decision! #maketheswitch

If I haven’t convinced you that this Menstrual Cup will change the way you period every month, then you are a tough cookie. If it has, I am thrilled to be a part of your journey, and period success! Nothing feels better than to keep living your best life, and not having to worry, or plan your day around your period.

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