What I’ve Learned Using a Menstrual Cup

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menstrual cupLife is complicated. Whenever I come across something that may simplify my life, I am all for it. 

Tell me I’m not the only one who is never ready for my monthly cycle. It seems like I was always buying supplies, and always running out of supplies.

One day, while in the feminine hygiene section, I saw the Diva Cup and I got curious.

Many years ago, I tried a menstrual cup with not-so-great results, but I really liked the idea. The design of the Diva Cup was different than what I’d tried before. It was less like a disc and more like a bell. I decided to give it a try.

I learned a lot by switching to the menstrual cup. Here are my tips if you want to also simplify your cycle.

What I’ve Learned about Menstrual Cups:

  • Buying one menstrual cup per year or so is way cheaper than pads or tampons.
  • There is still a TSS risk with using a menstrual cup, but you can wear it up to 12 hours at a time, safely.
  • Inserting the menstrual cup correctly takes practice. There are two methods very clearly explained on the box when you purchase one.
  • Taking the menstrual cup out also takes practice. I have found that using a small piece of toilet paper to help grip the “stem” of the cup makes it much easier for me. 
  • There is a learning curve associated with using the cup for the first few months. I would recommend using a pad for “back up” during your first few cycles, especially at night. This is normal, and you will eventually get the hang of it.
  • Those that are squeamish about blood, might not be a great candidate for the menstrual cup. Especially toward the beginning of my cycle when the cup is dumped, it looks a little gory in the toilet. (Pro tip: The closer you dump the cup to the deep hole in the toilet, the better)
  • Cleaning the cup is simple, all you need is a good rinse with clean water each time you take it out during your cycle. Then, you will need a deeper cleaning with gentle soap when it’s time to put the cup away for the rest of the month. Obviously you can clean it with a gentle soap more often, if you prefer. Diva Cup has their own brand of soap you can purchase in the feminine product aisle.
  • Using a menstrual cup makes me feel good about what I am putting into my body to control my monthly flow. 
  • Using a menstrual cup also makes me feel good about eliminating the feminine products I was using (and the packaging they came in) from making their way to a landfill.

Menstrual Cups are not for everyone

I do realize that menstrual cups are not for everyone, but for me, they have made my life easier. I usually keep one or two tampons in my purse for emergencies, but honestly I haven’t had to use those for about a year. 

Now that I have been using a menstrual cup for a couple of years, I don’t see myself ever going back. It has been a game changer for me. My hope is that I’ve been able to convince some of you to give it a try as well.

Does anyone else already use a menstrual cup?

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Jennifer is a single mom of two boys. She does her best to get to places on time, despite being a chronically late person and the fact that neither she or her boys are morning people. She recently went back into the classroom after staying home for nine years to raise her kids, and she credits her sanity and success at this endeavor to the fact that she has incredibly supportive parents, family, and friends. She also has a network of single moms that truly “get it” and who encourage her on a daily basis. When she’s not hanging out with her kiddos, Jennifer enjoys writing at a coffee shop, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

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  1. I’ve been using a menstrual cup for a few years now. It’s so simple to use and the tips given in this article are great! I only purchase pantyliners now in case I leak a little or for the end of my cycle when the cup is not needed anymore. Love the Diva Cup!!!

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