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Story Of The Day: I Tried A Menstrual Cup And I'm Never Looking Back

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May 25, 2021
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Many of us are doing our bit to be more sustainable in the ways that we can. But that's just one of the few benefits of using a menstrual cup.

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While you might fork out a little more at the moment to purchase one, it's an odd $40 that you'll only have to pay once for five years worth of period protection.

Before buying a menstrual cup, one needs to do a bit of research. Admittedly, the little cup, bigger than a tampon, was intimidating, and the size was one of my main sources of reluctance.

Researching

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What am I, if not a curious kitten? A few months later, I revisited the idea of menstrual cups doing a deep dive into the body-safe materials, firm cups vs. soft cups, and sizes, all in an effort to find what might work for me.

I eventually took the plunge and made the purchase. When it arrived, I realized my initial impression was right. Despite purchasing small, menstrual cups are big. Even with the theoretical knowledge of the techniques to insert, I wondered if it wouldn't feel like I was hiding something in my vagina all day.

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Trying It Out

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So my cycle came around, and it was time to take the cup out for a spin. Before that use, it's important to ensure the cup is clean. I placed it in boiling water for a few minutes as per the instructions.

Now one thing that one might read about before buying the cup is that it can be messy for a first-timer. It's true (or at least for me). But it's not nearly as blood all over your bathroom as it may sound. And by the end of that period, I was practically a pro so it's easy to get once you get into it.

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I found using the punch-down technique to work best. Once it's up there, you feel absolutely nothing. At some points, I had forgotten I was on my period! That put my size concerns to bed quickly. Especially because once you have it in, you can go all day without having to change it.

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Cramps

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Photo by Ava Sol on Unsplash

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Generally, I'm not one to get bad cramps consistently so I don't know whether or not to credit the cup for the smooth ride but I seemed to experience less discomfort overall.

Cons

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While I'm not looking to go back to tampons anytime soon, I can't completely say I've mastered taking it out. It's a momentary tug on the bottom piece, but it does feel quite uncomfortable.

Also, while it's not a significant deterring factor, having used disposable products for years, the aftercare of the cup in the morning and evenings and after your monthly is something to get used to.

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