How I decided which one to get:
I’ve been getting my period since I was 4 weeks post partum, and trying to remember to change a pad, or things like that, when you are dealing with cramps, fatigue, and a young baby, is just not fun. And let me just tell you, for some women trying to use a tampon after a baby may be out of the question for either a long time, or forever, because things down there, are just never quite the same again. So I decided the menstrual cup was the best route for me.
I did lots of research, and I do mean lots. I watched a ton of YouTube videos, read even more reviews, and finally took a test on putacupinit.com to help determine which cup was best for me.
Out of the choices it gave me, I went with the Lena Sensitive menstrual cup, in size large. My reason for picking this cup was because:
A) Every review I read said it was great for beginners, and easy to insert.
B) I picked the large because I have had a baby, and since having her, I have a pretty heavy flow. (Large qualifies for women that have even had a C-section, not just vaginal births)
C) No risk of TSS
D) (Last point) I have been told by many people that menstrual cups in general lighten your flow, and help your period cramps.
I know what you’re thinking… How could a menstrual cup help lighten your period and help cramps? Well, disposable pads and tampons, have a ton of chemicals in them. Which in turn make you bleed more, and you then go out and buy more of that product. The chemicals can also have adverse effects on our uterus and ovaries, making things a little more painful. So if you ditch these products, and go for reusable things, such as a menstrual cup, your flow should become lighter and your cramps should become more manageable. And as a slight side note, but still kinda on the same topic, tampons cause micro abrasions when you pull them out, which opens you up to getting infections.
What all came in the box:
Of course the actual cup, and a little baggie to store it in, which is really cute. It also came with a little thank you card on the inside, which I thought was a nice touch, and some instructions (which I failed to get a picture of).
The box itself:
I think the box is beautifully made, and I love that it’s made out of recycled materials.
First I want to talk about the cup before I actually used it. Not gonna lie, my initial thought to it when I saw it was, “How am I not going to feel that inside me?”. But then I started messing with it and practicing some of the folds, so I knew what to do when I tried to put it in the first time, and I wasn’t nearly as scared of it. It’s actually really soft (keep in mind I don’t have a firm cup to compare to), and easy to do the folds with it.
And I was really impressed with the stem, be it was flat, instead of rounded, so I figured that would make it easier to grab (which it definitely was). And I also like the amount of grips on the whole cup.
Day 1 of period:
I always dread my period, because I literally have such bad pain, like it’s worse than labor. Most of the time I just want to take pain meds and crawl into bed for the entire week. But this time I was excited, I was ready to use my new menstrual cup (that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still in pain, because I still had significant cramps).
My period started around 4 in the afternoon. So I got my cup out of the baggie it came with, read the instructions (even though I had read them a million times before that), started to try to insert it. Now for me, I tried a few different ways to insert this thing, but the best way for me was doing the punch down fold, while squatting very low, and then standing up and using my middle finger and my kegel muscles, to get it the rest of the way up. The biggest struggle I had with it was just finding a position that worked for me, my cervix is VERY high, and the opening to my vagina is very tight, but otherwise I didn’t have an issue. I ran my finger around the cup, to make sure it was open, and it definitely was.
Taking it out:
This honestly scared me more than putting it in, simply because I knew how far up I had pushed it, and it just didn’t seem like I would be able to get it out easily. BOY, was I wrong. I just found the stem, gave it a little tug, until I could feel the base of the cup, grabbed the base and out it came. And it definitely was doing it’s job, I honestly have no clue how I got it to do it like that the very first time, but I had no spotting outside the cup, and the pad I was wearing just in case was clean. I was honestly shocked. But the first day is now my lightest day, so the next few days were going to really test this cup out.
Day 2 of period:
The morning of day 2 started out very crampy, like I used to have pre-pregnancy, so nothing super unusual. So I got in the shower to help with my cramps, took out my cup, which did very well, and no leaking again, cleaned out, and reinserted it.
On this day I was rather active as I had some errands to run, so I was on my feet a while. And the only issue I had was at one point, it started to slide down, where I could feel the stem, but all I had to do was push it back up.
Later that night when I took it out, I had used it to it’s potential, it was nearly full. But it had done it’s job. At this point though, I decided to give my vagina a little break, and just wear a pad, I wish I hadn’t done that though, because my bleeding picked up significantly during the night, which has been happening during the night.
Day 3 of period:
By this point my period had picked up to the heaviest it was going to be. And my cramps had finally calmed down some. And this day was pretty anticlimactic, I really just stayed home and slept on the couch.
The cup did really well, and again I didn’t have any issues with leaking, and I was finally getting the hang of things. I can go about 10-11 hours before having to take it out.
First, the rest of my period was pretty uneventful, and I was at home most of the time. But it did last for a few more days.
This cup has changed my life forever! I love this thing. The only thing I will say, is I think I will get a second one, only because on day two of my period, my cervix dropped really low (which has never happened, and it went high again the next day), that way I don’t have to cut the stem off of this one.
But it was remarkably easy to use, I never had a problem with leaking, or getting it in.
The only thing that shocked me was how easily I could go to the bathroom with it in.
So would I recommend this cup to my friends? Of course, I’m telling everyone about it.
And they have amazing customer service. I had to email them not long after I got the cup, and they responded so fast. To me that shows that they actually care about those that buy from them.
Updated on February 1st, 2017
I’ve now had my second period with this cup. All I can say, is I’m extremely happy with it. Some days I even forget that I’m on my period. And I have been suggesting this cup to everyone.
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