Okay I am the least knowledgeable person when it comes to using menstrual cups. To be honest any menstrual products full stop. I haven’t had a period since before I fell pregnant with Jack. I think it was Oct/Nov 2008. So over 8 years! I have had the odd spotting but nothing I would class as a period. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries in October 2010. Since switching to cloth nappies my views on other single use products has changed. Switching to reusable menstrual products seems a logical step for me. If I thought cloth nappies was a bit of a minefield then I have no hope in hell chance of choosing the right products for me. The difference is you can hire cloth nappies to try before you buy but you can’t with menstrual products (good thing really!
Menstrual cup – Finding more info
There are plenty or websites/Youtube videos and vlogs of people discussing the many different options. Which is great! Normalising other options can only be a good thing. Having all these resources as well your literally surrounded with those who have the knowledge. One of the ladies on Youtube I can’t help but watch is Bree from Precious Star Pads, at the age of 16 she knows so much! I love watching her videos and she explains stuff so well too!
This one explains so well on how to choose your first cup!
This year I had my first period and it came as a bit of a shock. Luckily I always kept a pack of pads and tampons in the cupboard just in case (you never know?!) and it was okay. Pre children they were really sporadic and heavy. The first month came and went and although I thought more about the reusable options I figured it was a one off period. The next month another period, this time I used reusable sanitary pads I had brought for our Nappy library demo kit. I hated them! They kept sliding and would become uncomfortable.
The following month and another period. So off I went looking for a cup. I watched Bree and learnt a bit about the different ones available and also looked on Earthwise Girls. Earthwise Girls is a website owned by a lady called Christine and is full of lots of great information such as cup comparison charts! I knew Christine through cloth nappies so already familiar with her site. She sells a range of products from cups, pads and even sponges (yup! Sponges!). Reading through her guide (which you can find here) I settled on a Fleur cup.
I cannot wait for it to arrive!
The Fleur cup arrived and I couldn’t wait to try it out! Check out my vlog below of my first day using a menstrual cup.