Yes, you read that right. I am going to talk about a menstrual cup. Which means, I will be talking about all things menstrual. So if that's not really your cup of tea, feel free to peruse my other posts. Maybe this one?
Several months ago I was invited to review the Softcup Menstrual Cup. Let's just say I did not jump at the chance. I wasn't all that excited about talking about my period on the internet.
But then I thought, meh, why not.
So here we go.
(Last chance to leave before things get interesting...)
Let's talk periods. Not the kind at the end of a sentence. I’m talking about the kind that visits monthly and ruins your life. Ok, maybe that's a little drastic. But maybe not. I think it's safe to say that 'Aunt Flo' and I are not BFFs. In fact, I wouldn't even say we're "frenemies". We're flat out enemies.
My cycle is anything but regular. It's always been wonky and I have a feeling it always will be. It is irregular, painful, and awful. So I have spent a lot of time (and money!) trying different menstrual products with varying success. My go-to solution is a combo of tampons, ginormous pads and ibuprofen. And chocolate. And potato chips. Wine never hurts, either. You would assume after 15+ years of having my period, I would have things under control. But no. You know what they say about assuming things. It only makes an...well, you now how the saying goes.
Anyway, back to the Softcup Menstrual Cup. I have always thought of menstrual cups as kind of....gross. I didn't really want to remove a used cup, if you know what I mean. But I like the idea of using something that you can wear for 12 hours, is safe to wear (free of toxins that can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome among other things) and is comfortable. Oh and you can have sex while wear the Softcup Menstrual Cup.*
So what exactly is the Softcup Menstrual Cup?
"Softcup is a flexible cup that is worn internally, around your cervix. It collects, rather than absorbs menstrual flow. It's hypo-allergenic, latex-free and completely safe when used as directed." (softcup.com)
Well, the time came to give it a whirl. And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! They were very easy to use and comfortable. I was able to wear one cup longer than I would a tampon.
But, that being said, there is definitely a learning curve. It took a few tries to get in inserted correctly and comfortably. The key is to relax and keep it level; tilting it up once it is inserted all the way. A little different than using a tampon but once you get the hang of it it's easy.
And then comes removal. I will admit, I was not overly impressed with this part of the process. As you can imagine, there is the potential for a mess. You remove it by hooking your finger under the lip of the cup and pulling it out, keeping it as level as possible. And as hard as I tried to do this slowly while keeping it level, I still managed to make a bit of a mess. Fortunately I was at home during removal and had access to the sink so it wasn't a big deal. But I can't imagine doing so in a public restroom. Although I am sure the more you use the cups, the better you'll get at it. It's not a deal breaker for me, just takes a little more thought and effort than a typical menstrual product like a tampon or pad. Steady hands are crucial too.
So overall, I think the Softcup Menstrual Cup is a great option in menstrual care products. If you're looking for a new solution to your monthly problem, I suggest giving it a try! But maybe try it in the comfort of your own bathroom before you head out into the world of public bathrooms.
Thanks, Moms Meet for giving me the chance to review the Softcup Menstrual Cup! You can learn more about Softcup Menstrual Cup on their website and Facebook page.
*We don't need to tell our significant others about that now do we?
Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.