How to ditch tampons and start using menstrual cups for beginners

I’ve been using tampons for as long as I can remember and they SUCK. Just as much as pads. That’s why I ditched them all together. 

 

I’m finally not afraid of going out in public on my period and feeling like I’m a. going to leak and have embarrassing red spots all over my butt for the world to see and b. being SUPER uncomfortable because I’m wearing the damn thing. 

 

When i found out about the menstrual cup like less than a year ago, I thought to myself, WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE? It literally would have been a life saver that time I completely leaked through my jeans during lunch period in 11th grade and cried hysterically and had to wait until the room cleared to get up and run to the bathroom with a hoodie wrapped around my waist so I could call my Mom to come pick me up. OR that time when I totally leaked through my white dress….wait for it AND white graduation gown at the very end of my graduation ceremony….BOOM. That day sucked and was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my “adult” life.

 

This ENTIRE nightmare could have been spared had I known about God’s gift to all women: menstrual cups. 

 

Ever since using a menstrual cup, I never leak. I almost always forget it’s in there it’s THAT comfortable unlike tampons that feel like you’re being stabbed by a dry piece of paper. 

 

Long story short…tampons ruined my life. Okay that may be a little dramatic, but I cannot remember ONE period where I didn’t leak or felt super uncomfortable AT ALL because I was still using tampons. Pads weren’t as uncomfortable, but I couldn’t ever wear them out in public because it felt like a river was gushing out. Sorry. A little much? But it’s SO true! If you’re a female and go through this every single month like me, you have to know how it feels. 

 

I was skeptical about the cup when I first heard about it. I watched YouTube video after YouTube video review and decided to finally go out and buy one. 

 

I went to CVS and bought the Diva Cup. It was about $40, but when you look at the bigger picture, you’re actually saving a shit ton. Think about it. You spend on average about $15-$30 per month on pads and tampons. Times that by 12. $40 is literally the smallest and best investment you can make to finally make that time of the month a little bit more enjoyable. It may not take away the pain, but at least you can stop being afraid of leaking and getting dried out. 

 

I recently ordered a new cup that should be arriving in my mailbox Friday. It’s by a brand called Lunette and I’m so excited to try theirs out because I loved the Diva Cup so much but liked Lunette’s branding better so I had to give in. Plus I had to throw my Diva Cup out because I procrastinated and forgot to clean it after my last period. Gross. I know. 

 

And because of that, I had to use tampons last month and I was wishing for a new menstrual cup. So I went ahead and did myself a favor and bought one.

 

But I ordered my Lunette menstrual cup and I’m so excited to get it in the mail. I also ordered wipes for when I’m out in public and can’t wash it as well as the actual wash for it to keep it nice and clean while I’m using it.

 

Okay, I think I’ve rambled on enough. Let’s get into the details about menstrual cups and why they’re better than tampons ten fold:

 

  1. Because of what they’re made of. It’s made of silicone and is BPA free, odorless (and eco-friendly), and no chemicals or latex to worry about either.
  2. You don’t have to worry about the risk of the shock syndrome that comes with wearing tampons.
  3. You only have to “change” it twice per day not multiple times per day. As in when you wakeup in the morning and before you go to bed at night. That’s it. I’ve found that on my heavier days I do have to dump one extra time in the middle of the day or afternoon but that’s no big deal.
  4. It’s so comfortable once it’s “in” that you forget it’s even there. This means you can barely feel it in there it’s that great. 
  5. You’re saving so much money. One $40 investment vs $15-$30 every single month. That adds up. 
  6. You don’t have to change it every time you use the bathroom. Unlike the tampon, where it would absorb urine, etc. when you went to the bathroom which raises the risk of UTI, etc., you do not have that problem with the menstrual cup.
  7. You can swim in peace without worrying about the chemical-ly water being absorbed by the tampon or leaking into the water.
  8. You never have to worry about running out of tampons or have to try and figure out how many you need to bring with you for the day. You don’t run into this issue with the cup.
  9. It’s super easy to clean. Each time you dump your cup, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before removing it and washing the cup after dumping it. Then rewash your hands once you finish re-inserting it. When your period ends, immediately remove it and clean it with the wash as well as boil it for 5 mins. When your period starts back up again the next month, boil it again for 5 mins before washing it and inserting it. That’s it. I went to Target and got a whisk and small pot and keep it in my room when I’m not using it so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the dishes upstairs that we use for food.
  10. It’s long lasting and RE-USABLE. Lunette recommends replacing your cup after a couple of years of use. They encourage to keep it around for longer than a year or so if you can. As long as you keep up with cleaning it properly, it should last several if not multiple years.
  11. I never have to fear a public restroom again. When I used to wear tampons, it was hell having to go into a public restroom and try and change my tampon without touching the seat at all. If you still wear them, you know how much of a struggle that is. With the cup, you no longer have that problem!

+ To use the cup, here's an illustration I found on Lunette's website:

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All in all, I SO wish I knew about the cup when it first came out in 2003. Even though I was too young to use it then, I SURE wish I knew about them when I started getting my period. Oh well. Now I know and now YOU know. Unless you’ve already discovered them a while ago and are laughing at me for not ditching tampons sooner. 

 

Anyway, it’s currently 1AM and I couldn’t go to sleep without the relief of a blog post written. So do me a favor and let’s continue this convo down in the comments.

 

Have you tried the cup for your periods yet or do you still use tampons? Let me know in the comments below + any tips or questions you have about menstrual cups!