This article contains an experience of a Medfem Menstrual Cup user.
WARNING BOYS (& maybe some girls): This post may contain Too Much Information and forever scar your brain If you choose to read on you do so at your own risk.
I first heard about these from a friend who tried to convert me over to using them, but it just sounded way too out of the norm. Plus, I already had my year supply of pads and tampons and I wasn’t about to change anything up.
Then there was this day at work where my period was out of control! I’m not talking about a little either – I’m talking about finally needing to check to see if I had a gunshot wound I didn’t know about or something!
I see patients every hour (dental hygienist) and I wasn’t even able to make it between patients before I filled 2 tampons and a pad that felt more like a diaper. I decided then, it was time to order a menstrual cup and see if it really could handle Aunt Flo.
It did, and I said goodbye to my pads and tampons forever!
What is a Menstrual Cup?
Some call it Period Cups, Reusable Menstrual Cup, Vagina cups, Medfem menstrual Cups, etc.
Menstrual cups are reusable, soft, silicone cups that you insert into the vagina that collects the blood, rather than absorbing it like typical tampons and pads. They can be worn for up to 12 hours and I’ve been told, can be reused for up to 10 years!!
What are its benefits?
LARGER CAPACITY The best part about menstrual cups is they have a much higher capacity than sanitary pads and tampons.
You can use one of these for 10 years! Yep, you heard right – 10 years or for about more than 120 periods!
- LESS SPACE
This is probably one of the biggest benefits I found because I was running out of room for my stock-pile of pads and tampons. Personally, I would rather run out of food before I ran out of what I needed for that time of the month!
With the menstrual cup, you only need to buy 1 to have your year supply! If you’re on top of it, you’ll have an extra for backup. Besides that, you’re set!
I didn’t realize how liberating it was to no longer have to dig through my purse to get a tampon every time I went to the bathroom.
I usually forgot to grab one in the first place, I would have to come back out, and then go back into the bathroom which made it more obvious, I was on my period. I absolutely love the freedom of starting and ending my period without having to open a single wrapper or hope my purse has what I need!
I NEVER thought this was possible, but I actually forget that I’m on my period because I rarely have to think or do much about it.
- NOT EMBARASSING
It seems whenever I’m on my period I have Tampons falling out everywhere (purse, pockets, bra, or wherever I put them that day). One time I was on a plane and one fell out and rolled all the way down the aisle. Everyone was so sweet and made sure to pass it back up to me – I just kept passing it forward With menstrual cups you never have to worry about all those embarrassing moments – like when the kids see the string hanging out of your bathing suit and decide to pull it, or waking up in the morning to what looks like a crime scene, or my favorite was when a friend’s little brother tattled to their mom that she was hiding candy bars in her but, I really can’t think of any way these could embarrass you.
There is Zip- Zero-Nada trash involved with these, besides the box they came in. That should at least make the trees happy!
You don’t have to lift another one of those disgusting lids that say “dispose of napkins here” EVER AGAIN (another huge selling point)! You can also ignore those super-annoying signs threatening your life if you stick a napkin down the toilet. Which, can someone explain why pads are called napkins anyways?
- LESS ODOR
Menstrual flow only begins to develop an odor when it is exposed to air. Since the menstrual cups are worn internally, you don’t have to worry about odor again!
The first month took a little getting used to, but I can honestly say I forget it’s even there now. When I’m not being lazy I’ve run with it in, worked out, gone swimming, and I don’t feel a thing.
Menstrual cups also keep you dry, do I need to say more? Since menstrual cups collect menstrual fluid inside the vagina and do not leak (if emptied often enough) the way tampons do, there is less breakthrough bleeding and wetness during use.
I’m still not sure what toxic shock syndrome is, all I know is the thought of dying from using a tampon always seemed like a horrible way to go. I could just imagine how that story would be passed down from generation to generation.
I’ve yet to hear of anyone that has died from the toxins in tampons (or at least admitted to it), but in any case, menstrual cups are not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome in any way. So if that warning did ever worry you, you don’t have to be concerned with menstrual cups.
- OTHER USES:
- Monitor Blood Flow – You can know exactly how much your bleeding and begin to recognize what’s normal for you and what’s not!
- Extra Discharge – Even when you’re not on your period, you can use these if you’re experiencing extra discharge.