Review for Ladies: Silicone and Softcups

So I was talking with my sister-in-law tonight over a huge piece of chocolate cake — the Great Wall of Chocolate, to be exact.  (Seriously, if you’ve never had the Great Wall at PF Chang’s, you’re missing out.  Chocolate lover’s rejoice; the Great Wall will satisfy all you’re chocolatey-chocolate cravings.)  But I digress. I mention this because she asked me a question about a product I’ve wanted to review for a while.  And the question made me realize — I should really put this out there.

Before I get into details, fair warning to all you men.  You might want to move along. This post is going  to talk about girlie parts and periods and other stuff you may not want to hear.  Of course, if you’re not squeamish, read ahead.  You may just learn something that would interest your girlfriend or wife.

Anyhow, here’s the thing.  Several month’s ago I started using a product that I’ve totally fallen for.  It changed my period-life.  You see, I read about something called a DivaCup on one of my favorite traveler’s blogs.  She raved about a menstrual cup that’s used instead of tampons or pads.  Apparently, it works for twelve hours at a time, can be washed and reused, and never leaks.  Never.

I never heard of such a thing.  But I was seriously intrigued.

(Oh, and by the way – no, I’m not getting any money for talking about this.  I just happen to think these products rock, and I can’t believe how few women even know about them.)

So, back to the subject at hand. I was intrigued but not convinced.  Instead of buying one right away, I started researching menstrual cups.  Did other people use them?  Did they work? Everything I read said, yes, they absolutely did.  Women seemed to love them.  But still, I didn’t know how to find one at the store, and I never got around to ordering one.  Then I went to Walmart a few months back and ran across a box of something called Instead.  I’d actually seen Instead before.  A little different from the traditional menstrual cup, Instead is a disposable softcup.  It was around five bucks for the box, so I decided to give it a try.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

And let me tell you.  Never again will I ever go back to tampons or pads. Menstrual cups rock.  They really do.  Here’s why:

  • You can use it for TWELVE HOURS at a time. Seriously.  Insert it in the morning when you’re getting ready, then insert a new one when you go to bed.  It doesn’t leak, you can’t feel it, and you seriously forget your on you’re on your period. Heavy day, light day.  Whatever.  I have a history or ridiculously heavy periods, and I have had no problems with it.  It doesn’t leak.
  • You can wear it while you’re having sex. To be honest, I haven’t tried this yet.  But I would, and I wouldn’t be concerned about it.  I can definitely see how it would work.  Plus, I’ve heard from others that it works just fine during sex.  (Do note, you can’t do this with other menstrual cups.  Instead is the only cup that can be used while having sex because it’s a softcup.)

So, essentially, what I’m trying to tell you is this is an awesome product.

Thus far, I’ve only tried the Instead brand.  But I’d really like to try one of the other menstrual cups.  Instead is meant to be disposed of, and the other cups are designed to be reused over and over.  In particular, I think I’ll try one called Lunette.  Everyone I’ve talked with has loved this particular brand (because of its comfort and ease of cleaning).

Now, before I let you go, I have a few tips:

  • There is a learning curve. It’ll take you a few tries before you really get it.  Be prepared to make a mess and get seriously frustrated the first couple of times you use it.  You may want to give up and throw it away.  But don’t.  Seriously.  Because once you get it, it’s awesome.  You won’t regret it.  I swear.
  • Try it on a light day.  You’ll feel more comfortable, especially if you’ve never used one before.
  • Don’t worry, it can’t get lost up in there. Seriously.  There’s nowhere for it to go.  So if you’re worried you’ll put it in wrong and you won’t be able to fish it back out — don’t.  Take a breath.  It might seem funky at first, but truly, it’ll be just fine.

And there you are.  My favorite new product. Yes, it’s something small and seemingly insignificant.  But I think lots of women don’t know about it.  Which is too bad, because for those of us who prefer not to worry about our periods, this makes a huge difference.

If you have questions I haven’t answered, leave a comment or send me an email.  I’m happy to answer them.  What about you?  Have you heard of menstrual cups?  Have you tried any?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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