I recently caved into the hype and gave the menstrual cup a try. You know how almost everybody across the globe is going crazy about how comfortable, environmentally friendly and user-friendly the menstrual cup is. So I actually caved in and gave it a try this time while I was on my period.
What’s a menstrual cup?
In case if you aren’t aware of them, you might be living under a rock. But let me give up for instance. A menstrual cup is a cup-like structure made up of soft silicone that you need to insert into your vagina while you are on your period. The cup then collects the blood and you stay clean and fresh for 10-12 hours and after that, you just need to rinse it and reuse it.
How to use a menstrual cup?
As you can see in the above image, you need to wash your hands first. Then rinse your menstrual cup thoroughly and if you desire you can boil it for better hygienic care.
Now just fold the menstrual cup as shown in the image and sit as you would on your toilet and just put it in an and release. It will unfold itself and won’t come out until you grab it out.
My experience using everteen menstrual cup
Now I would admit I actually brought it but when the actual time came to use it, I got a bit scared. My heart started pounding and I felt a bit uncomfortable. I hope you can relate to. I have always used pads till date and switching to the cup was a big deal. But alas I gathered all my strength and finally sat down to use it.
It actually took me 8 tried to finally get it in completely and comfortably. Yes, that many tries. It takes a while to get the hang of it. But on my 5th day, I was actually able to put it in one go.
Okay so after inserting the cup, it actually doesn’t bother you. You can dance, run and actually comfortably move around. Now I am one of those people who bleeds a lot, especially in the initial 3 days. So I had to remove it after 6-7 hours initially. But later I was able to keep it for 10 hours straight.
And when I first had to remove it got uncomfortable then too. My cup wasn’t willing to come out easily. it took me 3-4 tries. ANd honestly, it scared me to thee the collected blood. It’s not a pleasant sight to witness. I mean with pads it gets dried out but with the cup, you can actually see the blood and it gets yucky. So that’s one of the major reasons that makes me wish to get back to biodegradable pads. But however, I am still gonna keep using the cup for a while until we become BFFs. I am sure after a few times, I might be able to completely ditch my pads.
Oh and one important thing after your period ends, you need to sterilize it by boiling and keep it in the bag that comes along with it.
Where to buy everteen menstrual cup in India?
I got mine from their official website but you can also get it from Amazon.
Yay or Nay?
It actually takes a while to get used to the menstrual cup but its definitely worth a try. I am still bugged by the sight of blood but I am gonna keep using it.
Hope you enjoyed this little experiment of mine. Let me know if you are interested in more such posts where I share my personal journies and experiments.
HAve a lovely day!