I started using a menstrual cup about 10 years ago, my first one being the diva cup. I recently tried out my second menstrual cup, the lunette cup, and want to share with you the greatness that is a menstrual cup (and also some of the problems some people might have with them).
To start with, let me tell you a little more about what a menstrual cup is, because you may not have heard of them even though they are getting much more common recently. Basically, it’s a silicone or rubber cup that you can use for your period. Like a tampon, you insert it into your vagina. Unlike a tampon, it does not absorb your blood. Instead, it forms a seal with your vaginal wall and collects blood. You can simply dump it out, clean it off, and reinsert it.
Because of that, a menstrual cup is much more eco friendly since it’s reusable and much better for your health because it isn’t potentially leaving behind pieces of absorbent material when you pull it out.
When I first got a menstrual cup I got the diva cup. There were FAR fewer choices at the time. The only ones I knew about were the diva cup and the keeper cup. After I tried it a couple of times I absolutely fell in love with it.
Fast forward a bit and the diva cup stopped being great for me. I just couldn’t get it to work without leaking (starting from when I first got a copper IUD over 7 years ago), it wasn’t an overflow problem it just… wouldn’t work. No idea why.
Ever since then I have been thinking “I need to find another cup to try” and just haven’t done it. BUT, I was recently offered a lunette cup to try and I took that up right away.
I found the lunette really comfortable. Even just in my hands I liked the feeling of the silicone. It is somehow really flexible and soft while still being firm enough to not wonder if it’s going to stay in place or never open up how it’s supposed to. Though I found the stem long and I want to cut it off, I liked that the stem was solid and not a hollow tube like the diva cup. The combination of that and holes that were slightly bigger around the edges made cleaning this cup a lot easier than the diva cup.
In terms of actually using the lunette cup, I didn’t have any leaking, which was a huge plus! One thing I didn’t like, that was also something I was not a fan of with the diva cup, is that it presses just enough on my vaginal canal that it pushes into my bladder a bit. I always feel like I need to pee more frequently and actually peeing is less comfortable.
Overall, I am super glad I got the opportunity to try to lunette and I’ll definitely be using it as one of my period products in the future.
Here are my tips if you are thinking about getting a menstrual cup or have one and are still trying to figure it out:
1.) Find the cup that’s right for you.
2.) Try different folds.
Here are some of the different folds you can do. I’m a big fan of the punch down fold. I don’t get the popular “C” fold at all. Be willing to try a few out.
3.) Getting it out might be terrifying at first.
You will probably be scared that you are going to pull your cervix out. Or when you feel how slippery it is you might think you will never get a grip on it and freak out.
My best tip is to stay calm, remember it can not get lost inside of you, and bear down while you look for it. Don’t even try to pull on the stem. I seriously don’t know why the stem is there because it certainly isn’t good for tugging on. What you really want is to get your fingers to the very base of the cup and to pinch the cup so you break the seal. That will make pulling it out infinitely easier. If you can manage to get your finger high enough, use one finger to push on one side of the cup to break the seal. I promise it works wonderfully.
I’d love to know if you use a cup and what your favorite has been so far and why. Let me know in the comments!