After 7 months of breastfeeding, my worst fear happened. My period came back. Aunt flow. The red curse. Whatever you want to call it, it came back with a vengeance. Destroyed a pair of treasured underwear (aka, expensive) because I wasn’t expecting it.
Instead of dragging out dreaded leftover tampons from pre-pregnancy, I decided to give Lunette’s menstrual cup a try. I was nervous about this – one small little cup that does everything a tampon does? And it’s reusable? It sounded too good to be true – and in this case, it sounded like a way to destroy several more pairs of underwear.
When I first pulled the menstrual cup out of the box, I was surprised. It’s made of a strong and flexible silicone (I looked it up out of curiosity – it’s made of medical-grade silicone), with a long tip to make it easy to remove.
It still looked a little daunting. How do you put that inside???
Surprisingly easy. See my video for step by step instructions, but you just fold it twice and insert it inside. You let go once it’s in, and you’re good to go. If you know how to deal with a tampon, this is a piece of cake.
What about removing it?
No different than a tampon, except instead of trying to dig around (awkwardly I might add) for a string that folds itself around that area, your fingers can easily grib onto the ridges of the tip to pull it out.
But won’t it spill out?
That’s what I thought at first. I figured, yeah, a tampon works because it absorbs Lady Flow. But a cup???
I came back tired and expecting the worst. But here’s what happened: the liner didn’t even have a bloody dot on it. No indication that Lady Flow was even visiting (if only, if only…).
You might think because it’s a cup instead of a thin tampon, it’s going to feel uncomfortable up there. But surprisingly, it didn’t. It felt normal. I forgot I was wearing it. If a run didn’t make me want to pull it out, nothing will.
“Fold it twice, insert like a tampon, and you’re good to go for up to 12 hours. Even on a run there was no spill. The Lunette menstrual cup had me covered. Literally.”Lana Medina
But I figured the downside would come when I went to bed. Sleeping on your side – it’s going to tip out, right? Wrong. It didn’t just stay inside, but when I went to the bathroom the next morning, there was no spill. Even with a tampon, there’s a decent chance something will leak out. It’s why you buy liner pads in the first place!
But what about clean up?
With a tampon, you’re just throwing it away – so of course that’s a little easier. But it wasn’t a pain to clean this. I tested out the cleaning wipes and Lunette’s special cup cleanser, but when in a rush, soap and water seemed to do the trick (I cleaned it out later properly).
How often did I need to clean it?
When I was in a heavy flow: 4-5 hours. Compared to a tampon: 2-3 hours. The cup can handle more. By day 2 (lighter flow), I could keep it in overnight and it wouldn’t be full in the morning.
Now, if I do the math – every box of tampons costs me about $8-10, and I go through that every 2 months. Not to mention the extra pads and occasional stains caused by an unexpected heavy flow. The menstrual cup is not only easy to use, but saves me in the long run.
Final question – wouldn’t it look a little weird carrying it around?
Nope. See the little purple bag that comes in the box? I just tuck it in there (with one of the wipes) and toss it in my bag. Ready to go. Done.
There’s even 2 different types/sizes of menstrual cups for heavy or light flows. I used the light (purple) one. And it even made a difference for that steady trickle near the end, where you don’t really need a tampon but still need a pad. A tampon is harsh in that area unless there’s a lot of blood. With the cup, much easier to keep inside.
Yes, I’m sad that my pregnancy and postpartum window free of periods has ended. But at least I have something to make it a stain-free experience. Unlike having a baby, there’s nothing stain free about that. Ever.