Is a menstrual cup right for you?
How do you know if a menstrual cup is the right choice for you? Before you think to yourself, Never will I ever!, please hear me out.
I was first introduced to the world of reusable menstrual products through my cloth diapering circles; it’s really not that large of a leap to cloth diaper and then begin to use mama cloth. I played around with the idea, but was too chicken to use anything other than cloth panty-liners (which I love). Too many bad middle school memories came flooding back at the thought of using pads for my monthly cycle (extremely heavy flow = MANY embarrassing accidents).
Enter my postpartum days, and the reality is that the thought of something is much scarier than the reality of it. Postpartum, I wore pads that made my middle school menstrual pads look like panty-liners…and I survived! As a tampon user, I started seriously considering using a menstrual cup, but caring for a newborn, and two subsequent pregnancies delayed my foray into the world of reusable menstrual products. So, when Sckoon sent me a SckoonCup to try and share with all of you, I jumped at the chance.
I could go on and on, listing environmental and health reasons for why you should consider using a menstrual cup, but most people familiar with reusable menstrual products are already aware of that information. Instead, I’ll give you my reasons for making the change.
It will save you money [in the long run].
After your initial investment, switching to a reusable menstrual cup will save you money. I spent approximately $7-10 per month when using tampons and pantyliners, which adds up to around $100 per year. Given the fact that most menstrual cups last for several years (SckoonCup should last 5-10 years), that is an excellent cost savings.
Menstrual cups are a great non-pad option for women with light periods.
I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum, having suffered both heavy, crampy menstrual periods, as well as super light barely there periods. When my period was heavy, I constantly had leaks; now that my period is light, wearing tampons is no longer an option (the cotton causes painful dryness). SckoonCup has allowed me to forego menstrual pads, once again, and have the comfort of an [almost] invisible menstrual period.
Menstrual cups are a great option for women with heavy periods.
As I mentioned previously, I’m no stranger to super heavy periods. For years, even using tampons, I would have to change every 45 minutes to an hour the first day or two of my menstrual period. Yes, my period was really that heavy. SckoonCup has the capacity to hold more than a tampon, allowing women with heavy periods to have longer stretches between trips to the ladies’ room. I can’t imagine how convenient a menstrual cup would have been for me during those heavy flow days!
Menstrual cups are discreet and save you clutter.
I know, I know, this is probably a silly one, but I had to mention it. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to ‘hide’ my box of feminine hygiene products when I was expecting guests, or how much room my box of Kotex took up in a cramped apartment bathroom. Remember when OB applicator-less tampons were all the rage? SckoonCup is small, discreet, and comes with a handy organic cotton drawstring pouch – no tell-tale packaging here.
Why SckoonCup reusable menstrual cup is the right option for me:
Because my full-term pregnancy resulted in a cesarean section, I ordered the size 1 cup (SckoonCup is available in two sizes). I had no time to think about what I had signed myself up for, as my SckoonCup arrived just days before my menstrual cycle began; I jumped in with both feet and am never looking back.
SckoonCup menstrual cup is perfect for me because I went from someone with extremely heavy periods to someone with extremely light periods. After having two D&Es last summer, I went from debilitating menstrual cramps and heavy 5-7 day menstrual periods, to someone who experiences no cramping and minimal to nonexistent flow for a maximum of 3 days. Because of this change, I’ve only needed to use menstrual pads, but had been using tampons for overnight and times when I would be out and about.
Despite having a light-flow, I still prefer to forego pads, and SckoonCup is perfect for me. Having had a c-section, I use a size one SckoonCup, but still find it to be a little large when trying to insert; this problem may be easily remedied by trying a different cup fold (switching from the Heart Fold to the Punch Down Fold).
After the initial insertion, the fit of SckoonCup was snug. I had worried that I might not be able to get a good seal because my cervix is high and tilted, but I had little to no leakage. In fact, SckoonCup fit SO well, that a couple of times I had difficulty removing it because of the suction the seal created. I will say that I was worried the stem would break off because it was stretching so much in trying to tug the cup down and out.
As I stated previously, I had little to no leakage using SckoonCup; I actually experienced more leakage with absorbent tampons than I did with the SckoonCup. I loved the fact that I did not spend my menstrual period frequenting the ladies’ room, as the Cup allowed me to go for hours between emptying.
Menstrual cups are the right choice for me, but I wonder how women with very heavy periods are able to use the cup when out and about; I haven’t figured-out how I can change my cup, without making a mess, while out and about. I’m pretty sure that more practice will make my menstrual cup experience even smoother. SckoonCup is made in the USA (awesome) and Sckoon also makes organic cotton pads (my next adventure).
Thank you to SckoonCup for providing samples of the products mentioned in this post. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of the Green Moms Network, and the content and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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