Hello beautiful people!!
Thank you for joining me once again on my blog and you volunteering your precious time to read about my opinions or events of my life even though I am not a writer I tend to just pump my fingers into the keyboard as soon as something comes into my head for the topic! I am shit at story telling and tend to jump around sections so apologies for that in advance.
Now, first of all, I need to get this all out of the way first before people get their nickers in knots (haha) or feel grossed out (which they shouldn’t!) or feel uncomfortable..
YES I will be talking about Vaginas!
YES I will be going into detail!
YES I will be using the word PERIOD!
YES I will be talking about putting an object into a vagina!
So if you hate any of these things then, simple, DON’T READ!
😀 okay now that we have moved on from the “uncomfortable” issues that some people seem to relate to the above.. I also want to state I am in no way a doctor or trained in the female anatomy, I just happen to have lady parts that I feel I can share my experiences and personal opinions on so don’t hate or pick apart my words. Thank you! 😀
Where to begin!!
I am among MANY if not EVERY woman that HATES getting their period.. lets face it, it is never an enjoyable moment every month to have satan himself occupying our uterus from anywhere to 4-7 days and dealing with shitty cramps EVERY MONTH!!
In my opinion the only good thing about me getting my period every month is knowing I am not pregnant! phew!
Now, I got my period when I was 12. All of my friends had gotten their periods before me, gotten bras and they were becoming woman and I remember thinking before hand;
“what’s wrong with me, all my friends have gotten their period before me. They’re bodies look different and they have actual boobs with bras, but why does mine not look like theirs and why has mine not come yet?!”
we as woman always compare ourselves to others which in hindsight is not healthy but we are our worst critic and always want what we don’t have.
I remember wanting to get my period so bad so I could “fit in” and be like my friends. HOW STUPID. Anyway, my experience of getting my period for the first time ever was in the car on a trip coming back from Dubbo with my mum and sister, sitting there in the car waiting for the car ferry to arrive, I felt it…. it happened… I can’t really explain what I felt, I just sort of knew, I didn’t initially get cramps or any of that, I just felt… different.
I remember looking at my mum and saying “oh my god! it’s happened…” she knew EXACTLY what I meant.. We got home and went straight into the bathroom. She showed me soooo many different kinds of pads and I remember feeling terrified! I was 12 and confused as to why there were so many different kinds, like thickness and length.. I mean you get told a certain amount in “sex ed” class but until you are experiencing it you have no idea what to expect and it’s scary and all new. Needless to say I put one on and felt like I was wearing a damn nappy or a toilet paper roll between my legs! I hated it! Was terrible! I remember thinking “NO! take it back, I no longer want periods!” and we all know that’s not possible haha (unfortunately)
Usually when you first get your period it takes a while to regulate and become shorter, or lighter ect. I ended up going on the pill when I was 16 years old to help with acne problems but it was a bonus to regulate my periods on it also.. so I was happy.
My whole period life I have mostly worn pads. I tried tampons before but HATED them, they made me feel extremely dry and I just hated inserting something into my vagina every 3-4 hours or worrying about TSS (toxic shock syndrome) that freaked me out so I just.. didn’t.. I hated using pads also because they aren’t comfortable and I never felt fully “fresh” down there when I would have my period, especially during the hotter months.. YUCK!
Now lets get into the fun and interesting part, which is why I imagine you are all here! 🙂
I had NEVER heard about a “Period Cup” or a “Menstrual Cup” before, I mean I suppose, really they haven’t been around as long as pads or tampons have been but I have only really heard about it within the past two years maybe less and even then I was like “haha, yeah righteo! who would stick a silicone object into their vagina to collect blood”
The idea of it just baffled and confused me.. I just disregarded the idea and moved on.
Until I recently started seeing more and more advertising and people whom I am subscribed to on YouTube talking about their experiences and how our waste on the planet is becoming a bigger deal and more people are talking about the health of our planet and how pads and tampons create so much landfill and pollution (amongst other things too of course) in oceans and land all around the world! think about it; every time a woman has her period she is using maybe a whole packet of pads or tampons which roughly consist of 12 a pack? MONTHLY, they take years to break down and every single woman does this, 1000’s.. think of the landfill this creates!!! I have never really thought about it in detail before but it makes sense not to mention the damn “pink tax” or whatever it is called that is on woman’s tampons and pads as if they are a damn luxury item!! they are NOT a luxury item and we as woman need tampons and pads EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH we don’t choose to have periods and we don’t choose to buy tampons or pads, we HAVE TO! So ridiculous! but yet condoms and viagra don’t have a tax and they are more so a luxury item than a damn pad or tampon is. BUT in saying that I am glad to hear (today actually) that they are taking the “period tax” off woman’s pads and tampons, about damn time I say!!
I started looking more and more into a “Period Cup” and doing my research to get more of an understanding on why this was a good purchase and why I should be considering this and how this would be beneficial to not only myself but the environment.
I was easily convinced to say the least AND they come in so many colour choices,
I of course chose purple (my favourite colour!!)
I should mention that I have taken most my information from this website:
Lunette Australia which, yes I realise that you could really just click on the link itself and go to their website but I thought I would just type bits here anyways :).. haha..
The period cup, in this case “Lunette”, comes in two sizes.
Believe it or not, not all vaginas are the same size!! Crazy right?! haha.
- Ideal for a light to normal flow
- Ideal for teens and young users
- better if your cervix sits low
- It’s a softer silicone
- The stem measures 25 mm (1 inch).
- The volume of the cup is 25 ml (0.85 fl oz).
- Measuring lines: 5ml (0.17 oz) and 13.5ml (0.46 oz).
- The diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches).
- Ideal for a normal to heavy flow
- Ideal for mothers whom have given birth as your cervix may have shifted
- It’s a firmer silicone
- The diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches).
- The stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches).
- The volume of the cup is 30 ml (1.0 fl oz).
- Measuring lines: 7.5ml (0.25 oz) and 15ml (0.5 oz)
You can leave these babies in for up to 12 hours overnight and empty it out every 2-4 hours during the day depending on your flow. I use model 1 and have gotten away with emptying mine about 3 times during the day; when I get up in the morning, around the middle of the day and before I go to bed! how amazing is that! I have also worked out that my flow is very much lighter than I actually thought it was whilst wearing pads. You can actually measure how much blood you collect with the measuring lines that are on the outside of the cup and because the cup collects blood you can actually keep an eye on your period health! Not only is all that brilliant, they last several years, no more spending your hard earned money on disposable pads or tampons every month, just whip this out! How I mentioned me getting extremely dry using tampons, using a period cup does not make me feel dry, up there, what so ever, it doesn’t absorb EVERYTHING in the vagina, it collects it so the cup allows your vagina to be able to naturally clean and lubricate itself whilst still doing it’s job.
The one major problem I had once I had stopped taking the pill was not knowing when my period was coming each month, I would have somewhat of an idea but it was never locked in stone as stress or illness would prevent my period coming on the day it was supposed to, so it’d be late or it would surprise me and come early, I just never knew exactly when “aunt flow” was going to surprise me with her visit. With the cup you don’t have to worry about her surprise visit and not being ready and you not having a pad (or tampon) handy, trust me, this has happened to me countless times and it is not fun at all. Lunette comes with a handy little pouch that you can carry in your handbag or just place it in around the dates you think you are going to get your period. No dramas!
The other great thing about the cup is that if you insert it right it NEVER leaks! you can swim, run, do normal everyday things, WEAR WHITE PANTS with your period without the thought of “oh man, have I leaked onto my pants?!” you don’t have that worry because once the lunette is inserted and popped out correctly inside it creates a suction to your vagina walls and your vagina muscles hold it in place which prevents it from moving thus creating leaks! genius! You don’t even know it’s up there, honestly!
- Comfortable: Soft and flexible rim – which I honestly was skeptical about not being able to feel but I can honestly say you cannot, 100% feel it.
- Reliable: A superior shape for greater capacity and comfortable, fixed placement. As mentioned above, you will never have a leakage issue as long as it’s inserted properly and popped open.
- High quality: Natural, highest medical grade silicone which is BPA free and no chemicals.
- Easy to clean: Smooth interior for easy cleaning. super, SUPER easy to clean!!!
- Easy to use: A cleverly designed stem, ridges and larger air holes make for quick and easy ins and outs. I did have to cut the stem a bit, maybe just below the second line from the top of the stem as this was SO UNCOMFORTABLE to me the first few days of having it in, which I will get into soon 😉
Okay so my experience using the Lunette cup.
I watched a beauty gurus youtube video which convinced me to order my own Lunette cup and try it out! I placed my order and waited patiently, It didn’t take long to arrive at all, maybe a couple of days. I was extremely nervous and over thinking it (like most things in my life -_-) but my period was coming, I boiled a pot of hot water and boiled it for 15 minutes (I think) as listed on the leaflet. Let it cool down and was ready to insert this baby into my vagina!
I go into the bathroom, nervous as all hell, I was just about to stick a piece of silicone in my vagina and not in a fun way!!! if you know what I mean haha (had to!!!! sorry!!)
Honestly it took me ages to even work myself up to even inserting it!! like anything, I was reading the little leaflet which is actually very helpful and straight forward. Bent my knees and went for it. You have to fold it for easier insertion otherwise good luck inserting it open!! There are heaps of different ways you can fold the cup to insert so it just depends on what works for you, my preference is the “typical C fold” which looks like the below. You insert it obviously rim first in the lower part of the vagina in front of the cervix. Like anytime when touching down there, make sure your hands are clean and washed, you are about to stick your fingers into your vagina and the last thing you want is an infection honey! Once you have inserted the cup in you are supposed to stick a finger up there and run it around the base of the cup to make sure it is smooth and make sure it has popped open, I struggled at first and it wouldn’t open up so I took it out and inserted it so many times before I actually felt it open up and got the hang of it. This took me two days and about 5 mins each time to get right but now it literally takes me less than a minute and so easy now, It’s like I have been doing this my whole period life! When I went to take it out the first time to clean it, I was freaking out. This is where your pelvic muscles really help you out!!! I find the best way to get it out and break the seal is to slightly bend your knees, use your pointer and thumb finger and pinch the base to break the seal otherwise it is VERY uncomfortable just pulling it out!! (do not recommend) once the seal is broken you wiggle it side to side before pulling it out and voila, empty contents into the toilet, wash it with the wash you can purchase if you have access to a sink otherwise use the wipes that are available via the website and insert it all again 🙂
Another cool thing I learned about vaginas (in particular, mine) your cervix can move during your period!! I NEVER knew this at all. Before making any alterations to my cups stem, the first day my cervix seemed to sit higher as everything was fine, couldn’t feel the stem that much, it did stick out the tiniest bit, but after about 30 minutes I did end up cutting literally 1mm maybe 2mm off the stem, so the smallest amount ever as feeling it slightly was very uncomfortable for me but once I cut those mm’s off it was fine and I couldn’t feel it at all. The second day my cervix seemed to sit a lot lower as the stem stuck out a bit more and I had inserted it the same as the first time but the stem was SO UNCOMFORTABLE for me and rubbing and making it very difficult to ignore so I cut another 2mm off so now I only have juuuuust below the second line on the stem and it’s perfect!!! I honestly feel nothing the entire time I have the cup inside doing it’s thing! Once your period has ended all you do is boil it in boiling water on the stove for 10 minutes and voila put it back in it’s baggy until the next time aunt flow comes to visit you!! 🙂
I honestly cannot believe how used to this I have become and I have to mention, I have only used it twice (two periods) and I will NEVER purchase another pad or tampon again in my life, hands down!! I feel so clean and fresh during my period now with using the cup!
Where has this been my entire period life, honestly, I wish this was a thing back in the day and I never used pads or tampons!! :O but I am a firm cup user now and want other woman to take the plunge and give it a go!
I guarantee you will love it and won’t want to go back to tampons or pads!
it has so many up sides and NO CONS in my opinion..
But yes, if you have made it this far reading my blabbering mess, then CONGRATULATIONS and thank you, I love you loads!! let me know what you think or whether you have tried a “period cup” and what you thought! I have only tried this brand so I am unsure whether they are all the same, I imagine not but I kind of don’t want to try another one, I love my cup! 🙂 Until next time! Love youuuuuuu xx 🙂