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Why I Love My Menstrual Cup!

May 2nd, 2015 | 5 comments

 

What the heck is a menstrual cup I hear you say?!

I wondered the same thing the first time I heard of it.  To cure your curiosity, it is basically a soft, reusable, hypoallergenic, silicon cup that sits in the inside of your vagina and collects your menstrual flow.  It is folded and inserted just like a tampon.  Once it is opened it creates a seal so it won’t leak.  And then when it’s full, you empty it into the toilet, rinse, and re-insert.  Below is the Juju cup brand which I ended up buying…

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Sounds crazy, but now I would never go back to tampons….let me tell you why.

 

Recently I’ve been diving into the literature on women’s health, hormones & the female menstrual cycle.  Being super interested in fertility, I understood that healthy, happy hormones is one of the most important things to get sorted out first!  Our menstrual cycle is like a window into our health, with our symptoms being little tell-tail signs about what is going on in the body.  My curiosity about this wonderful female reproductive system was growing.

Jessica Polar

In some text I read, they discuss the ‘volume of flow’, colour and consistency, and how these symptoms are used diagnostically by natural therapists.  While I was very intrigued, I was also confused…how was I meant to know these things about myself when I use tampons and they absorb all the evidence of my flow?  I wasn’t really sure if I had a light or heavy flow, or exactly what colour or consistency the blood is.  The only thing I did know was how I felt, and physical symptoms I experienced (bloating, acne etc).

 

I wanted to be able to monitor my flow more carefully.  I was so curious…what can all these symptoms of our menstrual cycle tell us??? 

 

I learned that a ‘normal’ menstrual loss is about 50mL and a heavy period is anything over 80mL.   This is interesting, but as far as I’m aware, most woman don’t measure their flow so these numbers are fairly meaningless.

 

While I was doing all this pondering over my ‘flow’, I remember a yoga teacher of mine back in Perth talking about her ‘Menstrual Cup’.  I remember her talking about how much she loves it!  So I opened up Aunty Google, and typed in ‘Menstrual Cup’.  I discovered some of the popular brands, which go by the names of ‘Moon Cup’, ‘Diva Cup’, ‘Lunette Cup’, and the ‘Juju Cup’.  I read as many reviews as I could find about these little devices.  Some were fairly entertaining, particularly this one posted on Mamamia ;), and others were informative, such as this one on the Juju site.

 

After much debilitating, and a lot of feedback from other women who use them, I decided to take the plunge and get on-board with the menstrual cup.  To me it seemed like the best way to truly be able to monitor my flow closely.  I chose the ‘Juju Cup’ brand, mostly because it is Australian made, and has two different sizes (pre-baby, post-baby!).  I never usually looking forward to my period, but this month was different.  I couldn’t wait to try it!!!

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To my surprise, it wasn’t as hard as I thought to insert.  Once it was in, I couldn’t feel it…just like a tampon.  Apparently you can leave them in a lot longer than a tampon (8-10 hours depending on your flow), but I took mine out more regularly as I was petrified of it overflowing!!  It sits just up inside your vaginal opening, and once it’s in there it forms a suction seal to prevent leaking.  You can empty the contents into the toilet and then wash it in the sink.  If there isn’t a sink available (in a public toilet), you could just wipe it out with toilet paper until you get home to wash it properly.  I was a little nervous of all of this, but to be honest found it much easier than a tampon!  I could leave it in the whole day at work, rather than having to find gaps between clients to run to the bathroom.  I could also leave it in all night.

 

I’m excited I can now start to really pay closer attention to my flow.  In my next post I’ll write up what the different menstrual symptoms can possible mean (remember these are never a diagnostic on their own; you should always go and see a natural or medical therapist who can assist you).

 

Some other good reasons to make the switch include saving money & helping the environment!  Did you know that on average, a woman will have 400 cycles in her lifetime.  This means a LOT of disposable sanitary items into landfill and money spent.  So I’m stoked to be saving money, reducing landfill, and doing something better for my reproductive health.  Win win win!

 

I can honestly say I will happily never go back to tampons.

 

Get on board ladies…you won’t regret it 😉

 

Love Ngaire xox

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5 people have commented
  1. Joan says:

    Great article! I think a lot of people get the impression that menstrual cups are a ‘hippy’ thing – like the only benefit is environmental. But they’re just so much more convenient and reliable. Unless your flow is really heavy, you only need to empty it twice a day, and forget about it the rest of the time – no leaks, no gross string or itchy pad.

    Anyway, I think you meant ‘deliberating’ not ‘debilitating’. Also, a really great resource for anyone thinking of buying a menstrual cup is the map at http://menstrualcupmap.com that shows all the stores that stock them.

    • ngaire stephenson says:

      Thanks for your feedback and the correction there Joan! I’m so glad they are starting to become more widely used 🙂

  2. Kaylene Meyer says:

    I always thought there must be an easier way and after I read this I thought why not give it a go. Honestly now I have I can believe I had never heard of these before. Awesome!
    Give it a go just for the money savings of no more tampons etc. Never mind the comfort factor.

    • ngaire stephenson says:

      Awesome Kaylene!! Yip I’ll never look back again either. I find sometimes the first day can be challenging if it’s really heavy, but after that it’s smooth sailing 🙂 Yay for no more tampons!!!

  3. Mariya says:

    Thanks for your nice informative post on the menstrual cup. I am confused about one thing and asking for your advice. I found many eco-friendly menstrual cups but are those really eco-friendly?? Hope to see more post on it. I have found another article on the menstrual cup. In this article, I found eco-friendly menstrual cups review. After reading the review the question comes to my mind. Please advise if possible. You can check it for more information: http://besttopreviewsonline.com/blog/10-best-menstrual-cup-for-beginners/

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Hi! My name is Ngaire, owner of Whole Lot a Health. I'm a Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, and Clinical Pilates teacher, with a passion to empower woman to living a ripe & fertile life; rich with energy, abundance & opportunity.  Health is wealth!

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