Girly Talk – What’s a Menstrual Cup?
The menstrual cup has been part of my life for a little more than a year now and I truly believe it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Recently, I realized that there are many girls that don’t know about it and even how it works. So I wanted to share with you girls all I know about it!
To begin with, what is the menstrual cup?
It is a flexible bell-shaped silicone cup that is placed inside the vaginal canal to store the fluid. It replaces the pads or tampons and has a durability of 10 years if well maintained and cleaned. It usually comes in two sizes. The smallest is for women who haven’t had children yet and the other, slightly bigger, for those who have had.
What brands are available and how much does it cost?
The on I use, I bought it in Brazil and the brand is Inciclo and it costed around €27. For sure it was an investment for me. Can you imagine how much I saved without buying pads or tampons this past year? It’s more than worth it, for sure!
The Inciclo is the famous brand in Brazil, even though there are others. However, I found another brand here in Finland called Lunette. It has the same durability of 10 years and it also comes in 2 different sizes. You can find it online for around € 32.
Please girls, don’t buy fake menstrual cups. They must be certified and made of a specific material to avoid health risks.
How do I use the cup?
The way of putting the cup is very similar to how we put the tampon. Find the best position for you and insert the cup folding it in half (making a C) so it passes through the vaginal canal.
It’s not necessary to put it all the way into the canal. Put it until you feel it’s fully in. After that, rotate it to adjust and for it to open completely. If it stays folded, the fluid may leak.
The video below shows you exactly how it works. It’s in Portuguese, but it cant still be useful.
Not all girls adapt straight away. Each one finds it’s own way to put it in and to verify that it will not leak. However, once it’s in you don’t feel it anymore and you can use it for up to 12 hours. Isn’t that perfect? No more having to change pads during the day or worry if it will leak or not!
Of course if you have a very intense flow, you can check it during the day to make sure the cup it’s not full. However, usually it lasts all day without problems. I also noticed when using it and talking to other friends who also use it, that everyone thought they had an intenser flow than they really had. This was because with the pad, the fluid spreads and gives the impression of being a lot. With the cup, this doesn’t happen and you get to see how much it really comes.
What are the advantages of the cup?
I thought in putting the advantages and disadvantages of it, but honestly, I didn’t find disadvantages. Well, I think this might be a big advantage already hehe but I decided to list what I believe the cup has of best!
After I started using it, I don’t even know how much money I saved without buying pads or tampons. And the best thing was that I didn’t have to worry that I had to find one that I adapted here in Finland after I moved. So I believe that buying it was a well spent money!
How good it is to put the cup in the morning, go out, ride a bike, run, dance, do whatever you want and know that no one needs to know that you are with your period? Yes, because apart of the risk of leaking being low if you put it right, it doesn’t leave any odor.
The odor that remains when we use pads is because the fluid comes in contact with the air. That makes it oxidizes and creates it. I particularly find that smell horrible and I was always concerned thinking that everyone would feel it like I did. In the cup, the fluid is kept saved without any contact, so nothing happens. The only time it will be exposed is when we take it out and discard the liquid.
Every women between 11 and 54 years old have their period monthly. Each one uses an average of 20 pads per cycle which gives a total of 240 per year. That would be around 10,000 pads throughout her life. Moreover, do you know how many years it takes for a pad to decompose in nature? About 100 to 500 years depending on what it is made of.
It’s a lot of time and a lot of trash produced with no need. If we have the option to reduce the environmental impact, why not do it, right?
Anyway, I’m a real fan of the cup and I always recommend it to all my friends. After all, a friend was who introduced it to me. So why not share my experience with you so you can also enjoy it’s benefits? Hope it works out for you too!
Share your experience, I want to hear from you in the comments!
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!