When I am unsure about a purchase, I ask myself, “Will this item change my life?” Most of the time, the answer is 'not really'. So last year, I was having coffee with my girlfriends, and my friend, GF1 tells us about her friend is inventing a sexy diaper/ lingerie thingy for when you have your period. And GF2 says she uses the cup.
I heard of the menstrual cup before, but never really heard about the menstrual cup before. I really don't like the idea of wearing a diaper, even if it is really sexy. So I buy a disposable menstrual cup to try it out before I make the investment of the real deal. It goes well and I decide to buy the real thing. By the way, I now realize that the disposable cup is NOTHING like a reusable cup. It feels different, it goes in and comes out different, and it looks different.
I bought a Diva Cup, (which came with a pin which I promptly attached to the back pocket of my husband's jeans that was hanging in our bathroom) and I love it. Admittedly, I had a total panic the first time I try to get it out after leaving it there for a few hours. I had this brilliant idea to take it out while I was in the shower, because I thought it would be messy...
Anyways, to make a long story short... being relaxed in a seated position on a toilet worked best for putting in and taking out.
I totally advocate using a cup, it's comfortable and you can wear it for 12 hours at a time. Wonderful. This is coming from a girl /lady who got her period while on a 12 hour flight to Asia and had visible stains on the back of her pants. In high school, I wrote a math exam for a couple of hours and when I stood up to hand my paper in, the tampon I was wearing was not enough and blood ran down my legs and stained my white socks.
Needless to say, my period and have had a rough relationship.
I have had some slight issues with leaks with my Diva, so I decided to try a Lunette. It looks more or less the same, but I think the Lunette is stiffer. The Diva feels more pliable when am folding it to insert it. However, I have zero leaks with the Lunette.
If you aren't vagina-shy and comfortable with your own blood, the cup is for you. Years and years ago, I recoiled at the thought of a menstrual cup... and now I don't know why. It goes in, much like a tampon, and when you take it out, you just empty it in the toilet. It isn't as bloody and awful as I thought it would be. I just rinse mine out with hot water under the tap to clean it. No more bloodstains on my sheets from night leaks. No more changing pads and tampons every couple of hours. And no buying tampons and/or pads every month!
If you are thinking of switching to a menstrual cup and want more info on how to use one, Click Here