Using a Menstrual Cup Featuring Trips with a Tot
This week we have our first ever guest post! It’s the lovely Naomi from Trips with a Tot talking all about her experiences of using a menstrual cup.
Hi! I’m Naomi and I live in Sheffield. I’m 26 years old and addicted to going on days out and travels with my family. I love going on adventures and exploring locally and afar with my little boy, Eric, and partner, Ollie. We do everything by public transport! I love to discover the best stuff what’s on for families in the area, find hidden gems, and recommend all the best stuff for kids in South Yorkshire. Trips with a Tot is all about finding out where to go to enjoy local days out, things to do, and inspiring you to get out with your family. Please join us on Facebook – we are a community of over 6K followers and I use my Facebook as a micro-blog! Aside from blogging, I love babywearing, the outdoors, taking photos, vegan food, sunny days, and scandi baby clothes.
What I assumed before ever using a menstrual cup
It’s something I’m not sure about.
Why would I change tampons when they’re all I’ve ever used and work for me?
What using a menstrual cup is actually like
It eased period pains.
I have shorter periods.
They are environmentally friendly.
Cups have no toxic shock risk.
There are no leaks when using a cup.
There are no bad smells with reusable cup products.
No waste – they’re reusable!
They save you a ton of money.
So let’s look into it a bit further…
Before ever using a menstrual cup, I thought, “But… why?! I don’t want to see my blood and i definitely don’t want to have to deal with it multiple times a day! Just, gross!”
Much Less Mess
Using a menstral cup is less messy than a pad or tampon. It doesn’t leak. You don’t have deal with pulling a messy string out, blood stained knickers, panty liners and extra pads. I am actually “down there” when I’m on my period much less than I ever was when I used tampons and pads. In fact, most of the time, I forget I’m even on my period.
And… no smelly period pads and liners in the bathroom bin. You know the smell of a dirty pad or a tampon? That’s because the blood has mixed chemicals. The actual menstrual blood does not smell bad… it has come straight out of the body and is not rotten. It’s fresh blood. That’s why, with a moon cup, there are no bad smells.
I’ve always had painful periods. Since they started when I was 11 my periods have been excruciating needing strong pain killers, rest and hot water bottles. When I was a teenager, they were so heavy and painful I went to the doctors who put me on a hormonal contraceptive pill.
Flash forward 10 years later, I came off the pill to have a baby. My periods were still painful. They were no different without pill and no different after having a baby. The only difference I have ever felt was when I started using a menstrual cup. I am no longer in much pain at all. My cramps have reduced massively, so much so that for the majority of my period I forget I am on it. I don’t cramp half as much as I did before, and not at all towards the end of my period. I usually don’t even need to take pain relief.
Comfort and safety
Tampons, pads and panty liners are not cheap. It’s estimated that in their lifetime women on average spend over £18,000 on tampons. Yes, a huge amount of money going straight down the toilet never to be seen again.
A menstrual cup is reusable. It doesn’t get thrown away after one use. It can be used time and time again. My moon cup cost me £20 and lasts a lifetime. Moon cup quote, “If you follow our instructions for cleaning and storage, the Mooncup menstrual cup will last for years and years” and Divacup recommend replacing after 10 years. TEN years! That’s a very long time… and in ten years you would spend a lot of money on tampons and pads. For the price of a moon cup, £20 would get me 4 boxes of Tampax Campax pearl super , which cost £5.85 a packet. It is without a doubt that the moon cup has already saved me so much money. I just wish I had started using it sooner.
My period is shorter in length since using a menstrual cup. Once the blood flow starts slowing down and I notice less and less in the cup, I know my period is coming to an end. Unlike before, with tampons and pads, I had days after my actual period of what I called “after period”- usually bloody discharge but with no actual blood flow. I was stuck between using a tampon (which never filled up so it hurt to pull a dry one out) or a panty liner (which isn’t pleasant either- I do not miss that feeling). Sound familiar?
With the cup, once the blood has stopped, my period is over. I don’t experience any discharge or “after period” at all. I find this extremely convenient! Once my period is over, the cup goes back into the bag until next time. No messing around with different tampon flows, sticky panty liners and changes of underwear.
One of the most useful conveniences of using a menstrual cup I find is the fact that it is ONE product. I don’t have to buy different types of pads, liners and tampons. I don’t have to think about what I need to pack before I leave the house or worry what disposable period essentials I may need to take on holiday. I’ve been caught out many times before when I used pads/tampons and came on my period in public only to have to fork out £4 on a box of super duper flow tampons from the nearest newagents, and usually not the brand I liked or felt comfortable with but I didn’t have any other choice.
But with using the moon cup, it conveniently fits in my bag without taking much space up at all, I can throw it into a suitcase to take away with me on holiday knowing I’m covered if I come on, and I can relax because I am reassured that with every period, the product I use is always my number one choice. That it’s convenient to me.
Using a menstrual cup gives me confidence because I know my period isn’t going to be something I dread. I’m not going to worry about leaks, dirty underwear, wearing pads and tampons I don’t like because I forgot to pack my usuals in my bag, and I feel healthy. I don’t worry about toxic shock, infections, smelly pads, leaks and chemicals.
My moon cup makes me have a happy period and gives me the confidence I need to enjoy my menstrual cycle instead of dreading aunt flow.
I do not miss anything about pads or tampons. They’re uncomfortable, expensive and come with a risk of toxic shock. A moon cup is comfortable, reusable and safe. And that’s why I love using a menstrual cup!
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