Am I a Menstrual Cup Preacher Now?
I have been on my journey to switching to a more sustainable lifestyle for quite some time now and I knew what the next step had to be.
I knew how much waste I was producing with feminine hygiene products for a very long time but for some reason, I just could not make the switch. Something about the menstrual cup just scared me. There was really no justifiable reason for not trying the cup other than my own fear of being frustrated and wasting money on something that I could not get the hang of.
After much deliberation, research, and personal strength building, I decided to take the plunge and buy a menstrual cup.
Choosing the correct menstrual cup for me was a little challenging. I did a lot of research on which ones were best for beginners and what would get me my bang for my buck. I decided to purchase the Lena Cup. The reviews on this particular cup are absolutely amazing and it's preached by many first time users, so naturally, this gave me a lot of confidence.
It took some time to receive my cup which is no surprise really with everything going on in the retail industry. The customer service representative helping me out was so supportive and helpful, I knew that this purchase, whether it worked for me or not, was supporting a great company with great people working for it.
When I first received my cup, it honestly just sat in my room for a week or two, I knew I had to boil the cups to sterilize them before use but I was putting it off. I can't really tell you why, but I was nervous. Then came my period, I came home after work, boiled my cups, and went to try them out.
Now, I was feeling pretty nervous at this point, I went in feeling like it was going to be a challenge. I had messaged my boyfriend that day saying "I'm going to come home try the cup and probably cry for a bit out of frustration because I can't do it", and I honestly felt like this was going to be how it went. I was going to try and try and try and not get it right and just end up crying out of frustration. But, I am extremely happy to say that this did not happen!
To my surprise, it took only about an hour to figure out the fold that worked best for me, the position that worked best for and how to get that cup all up in me. I was so extremely surprised that I was able to get it to work for me only after an hour of trying. At first, it did feel a little uncomfortable and I was not sure if it had popped inside of me or not, so I fiddled around with it for a bit, took it out and replaced it, and wow let me tell you it was so comfortable in there, it was like I didn't have anything in me at all.
Let's go to the first real day of fully wearing my cup. I went to work with confidence that I put the cup in right that morning and was excited by the fact that I did not have to worry about changing a tampon multiple times throughout the day. The day went so well, no leaks, no uncomfortableness, just pure happiness. For me, it was easy to take the cup out after work, clean it, and place it back in. And again, I was just so surprised that I was able to do it so well.
Now, I know this is not the common story of first-time menstrual cup users, and even though it has only been a couple of days of me using my cup, I can honestly say I am so glad I made the switch and I can tell my cup and I will be the best of friends. So, am I a menstrual cup preacher now? I think so! I say give it a try because you never know, it might work out well for you too!