What's a Menstrual Cup?Menstrual cups are inserted into the vagina and worn just like a tampon but lower. Instead of absorbing the blood, the blood is collected in the cup. There's no possibly way for it to fall out if inserted correctly your vagina muscles help to keep it inside and it also cannot get lost. The rim of the cup acts as a suction once opened inside you. This can be worn for 8 - 12 hours. Heavier days may need to be emptied more often.
Body Kind I decided to try FemmeCup LITE as it's described as an introductory menstrual cup. It looks just like it's normal cup except it's slightly finer. I can't compare as this is the first and only cup I have. Femmecup is 50mm in length and 45mm at its widest point. The stem at the base of the cup is 15mm long and aids easy removal, it can be trimmed to any length; some women even remove it altogether. Femmecup holds up to 30ml, which is more than tampons and pads. On the base above the stem there's a couple of 'grip rings' that you can hold onto and bring the cup down once removing.
- They contain no fibres, bleaches, perfumes or other harmful chemicals.
- Cost effective, you will spend less money on menstrual products.
- No leaks.
- Don't have to worry about the possibility of any smells on your person or the bin in the bathroom.
- No irritation or itching like you may experience with pads or tampons due to sensitive skin.
- You're doing your part for the environment & not throwing away items that aren't able to
- Publically it might be an issue for some having to empty and clean it but through some tips people say to just wipe it with toilet paper, although some might want it to be more cleaned than that.
- The suction pop you MIGHT experienced, I've heard it release myself but nothing terrible, others might find it embarrassing if out.
- If you don't like blood and your period is just about all you've managed, the cup might not be for you as your fingers are likely to get blood on and you need to empty a cup filled with blood.
- The stem, this is designed to help you locate and pull out the cup, for some women it pokes out especially if you have a low cervix but it can be trimmed or cut off totally.
I watched a few videos on menstrual cups, better believe there's a lot of cups & a fair bit of knowledge but it's mostly similar. It's finding out if the cups suitable for you. The best thing is to find out if you have a low or high cervix and the best time to know is when you are on your cycle as your cervix moves up and down. I read the same way how to find out but a couple of different positions, we use the knuckle rule.
I determined mine was medium but the next thing was how do I get this open cup, up inside of me? Once again it's going to be based on what you prefer, I tried the c fold and I didn't like it but the push down method was perfect - watch this video on different fold methods (this channel in general is very informative on menstrual cups). Another thing you can do is practice wearing the cup on a dry run (not on your period) so you can get comfortable with inserting and removing. You can wet the cup for it to be a bit easier to insert or use water based lube. I did use lube on my first day because I wasn't so heavy. The I practiced getting it out and at this point I still had the stem attached, I found it easier the first time to squat and really relax. Using my forefinger and thumb to find the stem and bring it down a little and then grip onto the grip on the cup, start to bring it down, and slightly push downwards onto my pubic bone to release the suction, once one side is down you walk it down and get one side of the cup out and then the other. Written down it sounds so complex but believe me it's not and the more you do it, the more you become a pro!
As I got use to taking mine out I did it while sitting on the toilet as it could just be emptied and if there was to be any spillage, no mess.
My cup now is stem free, I prefer it, it's not got lost. I know for those so use to tampons that string is a piece of security for you as well as a mess free way and the cup may take a little adjusting but I went out one day wearing it and I was amazed at how I forgot I was on my period, normally I have this constant reminder, that being the nappy I've got to wear and I'm always checking have I leaked but I felt so carefree!