Okay so every month during my cycle I always get the urge to lament about the wonders of mentrual cups. Now before you all act grossed out by something you’ve been experiencing since fucking puberty lets approach this like adults.
I made the switch to mentrual cups almost 3 years ago randomly while shopping in one of my favorite store…Mertz Apothecary! So I had been researching them for quite sometime and I was completely over tampons and diapers….I’m sorry pads. I wanted something that didnt involve me shoving bleached cotton, cardboard, and paper products up my hoo haa every month and I absolutely hated sitting on pads cause that just cant be sanitary and it def not comfortable. So i come across the very popular Diva Cup and its like $40 (eck) but I wouldn’t need to replace it for a year so Im like not bad im actually saving money in the long run.
Now the learning curve and honest truth. Insertion takes a few tries to learn what method works for you and what method has the lowest probability of failure. My first try I can say i did have about 3 accidents where the cup didnt expand and create a suction barrier properly. Once i was able to get it up far enough for it to be comfortable and get that very necessary suction pop I haven’t had an issue since. Pop is an exaggeration its not painful of that extreme you feel a slight suction when it expands and it will properly just make you say “Oh!” followed by a shocked giggle. My insertion method is simple I squat and fold the cup in half and push up. Its soft silicone so its not uncomfortable.
What I love about this baby is its medical grade silicone, reusable, easily sanitized (I use hibiclens its a soap you use on your body prior to surgery), and allows me the comfort to forgo hideous period underwear and still sleep au naturale. Now i first purchased the Diva Cup and after year i upgraded to the Dot cause it was all black and cute and i like cute shit. You can find tons of options and designs online. Prices vary as well. Some brands include carrying pouches and their own cleansers. Any antibaterial soap works tbh. I am against boiling them cause i think it increases to possibility of creating tiny cracks in the silicone and bacteria can hide there and cause issues for your lady parts. Follow the care instruction included is your best bet. Ill leave some links below of ones Ihear good things about!