7 Ways My Menstrual Cup Changed My Life

135 Flares Twitter 11 Facebook 35 Google+ 2 Pin It Share 68 StumbleUpon 19 135 Flares ×

menstrualcupspin

I hinted in my giveaway post for a Lunette Cup how this product changed my life.  You may have thought I was joking a bit, but I'm totally not.  It has literally changed my life and I finally found freedom from my period.

If you haven't been able to tell yet, this post might be a little sensitive to male ears, so there's your warning. 

lunette2

First, this isn't my first experience with a menstrual cup.  I used the my first menstrual cup for a few months and blogged about it.  Honestly, I really liked it but hadn't been using it long enough to really feel comfortable.  It took 3-4 cycles for me to fully learn how to use the cup and how it best worked for me.

So, when the Lunette came I was excited to see what the differences were.  We'll cover those, then I'll give you the 7 ways it's changed my life.

My other cup stained rather easily.  There was actually a question on the post about staining and now I see why.  That's why I chose the Cynthia Lunette Cup – it's a pretty shade of purple that I thought wouldn't be as easily stained, or if it did, wouldn't look as much so. 

The next thing I noticed, after the color, was the stiffness of the Lunette.  When I say stiff, I don't mean un-bendable…

lunettecup1

I simply mean it's stiffer than my other cup.  I've come to absolutely prefer this.  I sometimes had leaking with the other because I couldn't get a good seal {tmi?  Nah, we're talking about periods here, it's already tmi!}.  With the Lunette it literally seems to pop into the right place.  It makes removing a little bit different, but I'm sure I'll get used to that, as I've only been through 2 cycles with the Lunette so far.

lunetterelishresuable

Are you ready to change your life by switching to a menstrual cup?  Let me share with you how it changed mine and why you'll never use a disposable tampon again {once you try it yourself!}.

I never have to worry about running out of disposable products.  Never again.

Do you know how liberating that is?!  And if you're worried about starting your period when your cup isn't around, buy a back-up to keep in your purse or just take yours along when you think it's near that time.
And if you're worried about clean up with the menstrual cup, don't be.  At home, you rinse it with cold water and use a mild soap.  If you're in public and can't rinse, you can simply wipe it out with toilet paper {or Lunette Disinfecting Wipes} until you can wash at home.

Not messy like cloth pads can be.

Sure, things can get a little messy when you're learning, but you'll be a pro in no time.  I used Mama Cloth postpartum {and it was great for that} and a few cycles after Moreaya, but it was just so messy for me.  I have preferred tampons as an adult and the cup is a better reusable alternative for people who prefer tampons to pads.

Some women experience no cramping.

Ok, I'm still waiting on this for me, but some say they experience no cramping when using reusable products.

Menstrual Cups are GREEN!

Less disposable sanitary products in my trash and the landfill.

I have no worries about TSS or any other issues of putting chemicals in sensitive areas.

I can Swim, Sleep, Ride a Bike, Go Skydiving… {ok, you get it} with no worries about leaking, shifting, or replacing.

The Lunette Cup can be worn up to 12 hours and stays in place.

Cost.

Yes, there's a bit of a start-up cost with a menstrual cup, just like with most reusable products {like cloth diapers}.  But the benefits and initial cost far outweigh buying disposable products for years and years and years…  The Lunette Cup retails for $39.99 and the FDA recommends that these cups be replaced every 2 to 3 years. 

menstrual cup

Disclosure


Comments

  1. I am definitely buying a Lunette as soon as the holiday season is over. I have been using the Diva cup for at least 3 years now, and I still have trouble getting it in the right spot, pretty frequently, and especially for the first day or two, and on a few occasions it has just burst open inside of me, leading to a huge leak-splosion. Sounds like the Lunette works better.

  2. i was honestly kinda worried to try this for the same reason as the reader above, i have an IUD. thank you so much for posting the link to the FB conversation about the cups and IUD's! i really want to try the switch!

  3. I have tried both the Lunette and the Diva in size 2. I found the Lunette to be a bit too stiff and actually hurt me, but the Diva leaks like crazy, mise well not even be using it. I was thinking maybe it’s because it’s too big so I just ordered a smaller size in the Diva, but after your post I’m kind of wishing I had tried sizing down in the Lunette to see if that is better.
    Erica recently posted…Recipe: Chili Cheese Smothered Cauli TotsMy Profile

  4. malanda
    Twitter:
    says:

    I’ve been thinking about making the switch for awhile. I think I may give this company a try! The mess is always what worried me or I’m afraid it will be uncomfortable. How many do you need?

  5. Sabrina C says:

    I have a Lunette, MeLuna, and LadyCup. Yes, I love my cups. They are awesome. I have left mine in for over 12 hours, no issue. And I don’t dry out like I used to with tampons. Best thing ever.

  6. Betsy
    Twitter:
    says:

    I am intrigued by these but havent made the plunge yet. My concern is being able to feel it. I tried the NuvaRing for bc a few years back and even though all the commercials say you can’t feel it, I could feel it the entire time. Im worried about spend $40 on something that i wont end up using :(

  7. This might be a silly question or thought, but I’m just not sure I get how to use it. I mean, I GET it, but how does it fit? It looks so large in your hand. There’s no major discomfort or pain associated with it’s use? I use cloth diapers with my little one and this seems like a great alternative for me when I finally do have regular periods again (I’m currently pregnant and we conceived after one period with my daughter), so advice and information is welcomed. I’m just a little …. confused. Thanks!

    • Sabrina C says:

      There is a GREAT live journal site that deals with menstrual cups and has tons of information and other links regarding them. I suggest googling it and going from there. They are very supportive as a community and will willingly help newcomers and curious folks out

    • Casey – perfectly normal question and EXACTLY what I thought when I saw it for the first time {and what hubby said!}. I suppose it’s shaped that way to fit perfectly right under your cervix. When you insert the cup, there are folding techniques that you do so it works a bit better. If you have ANY other questions, just ask!
      Lindsey recently posted…Honor the Earth Giveaway Event – Baby/Toddler Earth Day Package – US onlyMy Profile

  8. Kristina
    Twitter:
    says:

    I have a diva cup and have a really hard time getting a good seal. It always leaks. It also seems to slip downward so I have the tip of of hanging out. Not so comfortable. I wonder if this brand would be better?

    • Kristina – I had similar issues sometimes with the Diva Cup – not always, but when I didn’t get a good seal it would happen. I haven’t had it happen with the Lunette Cup at all because it seems to just pop right into place.
      Lindsey recently posted…Why, Hello Fresh Produce at My Door!My Profile

    • Sabrina C says:

      Diva is a LONG cup lengthwise. It is probably too long for your vagina. Google the live journal that deals with menstrual cups. They have great information and can help you find your perfect fit.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Oh I LOVE my luna cup! I bought it to use the month before we “surprise!!!” got pregnant, so it sat all forlorn for a very long time. When I got my first postpartum period, I popped it right it! It had a bit of a learning curve (watching youtube videos on different folds and tricks) but by the time I had my second and third periods with it I already felt like a pro! And because I’d bought it from a deal site I’d already made back my investment by not having to buy disposable things for those few months! I’m one of those lucky women that have no cramps! If I do I’ll have one (ONE cramp – over the course of my whole period!). Just to clarify, my cramps used to be so bad I was practically incapacitated – sent home from work because my face would be green and I couldn’t stand straight, falling to the ground when an unexpected one hit sometimes. This has TRULY changed my life! I even think I bloat less! (but that’s just probably wishful thinking :P ). I’ve converted two friends to a cup and I’m working on others! People that are afraid of mess – don’t be!! You wash your hands after changing a tampon anyways, and I never have more blood than just on the ends of my fingers!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your story! And I hope my body listens – no more cramps! Although, I do think mine may have gotten easier, they’ve not disappeared entirely.
      Getting the technique of the folds is definitely a learning curve. I’ve found that I do best sitting down, rather than standing up too.
      Lindsey recently posted…Why, Hello Fresh Produce at My Door!My Profile

  10. So I would love to try this but I read you can’t use it with an IUD. Is this true?

  11. Tabitha P
    Twitter:
    says:

    I have been wanting to try some sort of reusable product, I didn’t actually consider a menstrual cup because I was afraid of the mess but after reading this I think I’d like to make the investment. Have you tried or heard anything about the Diva Cup? I know where I can buy that one and have it tomorrow lol

    • I have tried the Diva Cup {http://soeasybeinggreen-blog.com/2012/10/another-alternative-to-disposable-sanitary-products-the-divacup-giveaway/} and it worked perfectly fine. It’s a little more soft/bendable than the Lunette and maybe just a touch wider. I have found that I get a better seal with the Lunette because it’s stiffer and kind of pops into place, but the Diva works just fine too. I really think it’s probably just what you get used to.
      It will be a LITTLE messy when you first start, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time!
      Lindsey recently posted…7 Ways My Menstrual Cup Changed My LifeMy Profile

  12. I see more and more posts about these on my cloth diapering go-to blogs and the thought is starting to intrigue me…. Thanks for sharing your experiences!!
    Jess recently posted…Fresh, New KitchenMy Profile

  13. Ashley
    Twitter:
    says:

    I admit, I’ve never used anything like this before, nor have I really thought to use one! Interesting concept though.
    Ashley recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: A Boy & His Truck ~ #WW #WordlessWednesdayMy Profile

  14. I’m not going to lie. These things scare me…but at the same time I kind of want to try one too. My biggest concerns are that they would be messy and uncomfortable. I’m sure it just takes some getting used to, though.

    • Oh, Alicia! I was RIGHT THERE a little less than a year ago. I thought “NO WAY, NO HOW”! I took the plunge and am so happy I did. It didn’t take long until I could master it with little-no mess and if it’s in right, you don’t feel a thing. I did have to trim the stem, though.
      Lindsey recently posted…Why, Hello Fresh Produce at My Door!My Profile

  15. Jessica Eaton Ledford says:

    I love mine as well!! My favorite part is being able to wear it when I *think* I’m about to start that day. See, I don’t start gradually, all of a sudden it’s just there in full force. Even if I don’t start that day, it’s okay (unlike a tampon where there has to be flow to use them, kwim?) Not having to worry about starting and not being protected enough is AWESOME.

  16. When my period returns after breastfeeding, I am going to try to switch to cloth pads as well as menstrual cups. This post is great in answering some questions that I had about the cup!
    Heather Johnson recently posted…Playing with Sensory Bottles: Wordless WednesdayMy Profile

  17. wow, i have never thought about something like that before!

Trackbacks

  1. […] a few months ago I stumbled across my friend Lindsay’s blog post on menstrual cups. I was immediately intrigued, since I had already been on the hunt for an alternative – […]

  2. […] for years has totally made me love myself [and not dread my period] more! I even wrote a post about How My Menstrual Cup Changed My Life.” – Lindsey from So Easy Being Green  ”It sounds cliche, but I can honestly say […]

  3. […] years has totally made me love myself [and not dread my period] more!  I even wrote a post about How My Menstrual Cup Changed My Life.”  - Lindsey from So Easy Being […]

  4. [...] of using disposables.  I've reviewed a few different menstrual cups and even shared how they completely changed my life.  I did a whole series on Mama Cloth before that, when I had completely ditched disposable [...]

  5. [...] already shared with you the 7 Ways a Menstrual Cup Changed My Life.  I even wrote a rather long post answering all your questions about Everything You Wanted to [...]

  6. [...] Cup: review from So Easy Being Green and from According to [...]

  7. [...] recently wrote a post about how how my Menstrual Cup Changed My Life.  I got quite a bit of positive feedback from the post and quite a bit of "Huh?  [...]

  8. [...] 7 Ways My Menstrual Cup Changed My Life describes Lindsey's experience with a Lunette cup – (size 2 according to the pictures) and her thoughts concerning it. [...]

  9. [...] If you're unfamiliar with menstrual cups, you might want to check out my first experience with one and read all about how my Lunette Cup has literally changed my life. [...]

Add Comment Register



Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge

135 Flares Twitter 11 Facebook 35 Google+ 2 Pin It Share 68 StumbleUpon 19 135 Flares ×