So, my menstrual cup arrived on day two of my period.
When the postman rang my doorbell (Hello?! My kid is napping. You don’t have to ring the bell incessantly. I heard it the first time. I don’t live in a mansion.), my frustration turned to giddiness when I realized what was in the package.
After doing quite a bit of research, I settled on a cup manufactured by a Czech company that has a good reputation in the reusable menstrual products community.
Unfortunately, here in Canada there are only a few cups distributed through online resources or even in stores. I’m sure if I went scowereing the streets of downtown, I would of found a store that had an array of cups to choose from, but I don’t have time for that.
After finding out that Amaz.on.ca did not carry the cup I was looking for, Amaz.on.com had the cup but does not ship to Canada, and the manufacturer will ship to what seemed like anywhere but Canada, I turned to E.bay. Ahhh…
Not only did they have the cups and ship to Canada, they also had packages that had a combination of small and large cups, and two large cups made in the original firmness and soft.
I opted for the two large ones. After reading that some women fare better with a softer cup (the firmer cups can push against the bladder), it was more important for me to have both options available to me.
It was a no brainer for me to choose the larger cup. My cervix is high, even when I’m on my period. This was confirmed the first time I wore the cup. There’s a little stem on the bottom to help you retrieve the cup. Some women trim it if it hangs outside the body. When i put my cup in, that little sucker was gone!
After it was in, I forgot that it was even there. It was great!
I only dared to wear it at home and switched to my disposable products when I ventured out to work.
It is a bit finicky to put in, but I suspect it will get better with practice.
I didn’t really pay attention to whether my flow or cramping was any different, so I’ll be sure to pay more attention next time.
I think I’m going to give myself another cycle or two before I attempt to wear it to work. Emptying and rinsing out the cup can be challenging in a public washroom.
The last thing I need is to drop the darn thing in the toilet, or accidentally drop it on the floor or myself. Can you say crime scene?!
Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on how the next cycle goes. I have a feeling though that I’m never looking back on this one. Tam.pax, O.B. and all the other tampon manufacturers can kiss my butt! They are not getting any more of my money! Ha!