Okay, so I'm about to get really personal here. Some of you may react like my friends and be grossed out, but others of you are going to love this post! I made the switch to a reusable menstrual cup and I'm in love! My natural progression of reusable products has been cloth diapers, reusable nursing pads, mama cloth, and now the Lunette Cup! I will never go back to tampons and pads...ever!
The Lunette Cup is made from medical grade silicone and comes in two sizes. Size 1 is for teens and younger women who haven't had children. Size 2 is for me and the rest of us mamas! I have to admit, I was worried about buying a size 2. I think in our heads (or at least mine) we convince ourselves that surely things won't fit us at the recommended size. Well, let me assure you, I am in fact a size 2. The Lunette also comes in lots of pretty colors! I was sent a blue cup, known as Selene. I'm a sucker for packaging and love the box that the Lunette comes in. In your package you'll receive your cup, directions on how to use it, and a cute little storage bag.
It can be a little intimidating to use a cup. Let me start by saying, you have to be comfortable with your lady parts if you're planning to use a cup! If you are already using tampons, it won't me that much different for you. Here's a little description of what it was like for me the first few days:
Day 1: I put the cup in before I went to bed because I was spotting. I slept all night and didn't even realize it was in there! In the morning, I emptied the cup and put it back in. I spent all day with no leaks or discomfort. It was like not even being on my period! Before I went to bed, I emptied it again.
Day 2: I woke up half way through the night and thought I was leaking. I went to empty the cup and it was full! Eek! In about 4 hours I had filled it. My flow had gotten really heavy at that point. I was able to get it back in place and sleep the rest of the night. In the morning I was leaking again. I thought it was full again, but it wasn't. I spent the whole day leaking and the cup was never full. I couldn't figure it out! I emailed for help and realized that it was probably not sealing correctly. Once I figured that out, no more leaks! Another issue I was having this day was I feel like I was having to insert my whole entire hand to get the cup out! The directions state that you can't lose it inside of yourself and I was seriously worried! It just seemed so far up there! (TMI?) Turns out, I was inserting the cup too far up.
Days 3-7: No more leaks and easy removal! I had figured it out! I just needed to push it ever so slightly up. The key was to make sure there was a seal all the way around to avoid leaks.
Overall, I really love the Lunette cup! It is incredibly comfortable! I totally forgot I was on my period with the exception of the 2 times I emptied it a day. I found that the easiest way to empty it was when I was in the shower. I could rinse out the cup and wash my hands all at the same time. I didn't find the using the Lunette cup messy at all! Day 2, when I was experiencing leaks, was a little messy for me, but that's because I wasn't using it correctly. When inserted correctly, you should be fine! I loved that I only had to empty the cup twice a day. I couldn't feel the cup inside me. It was much more comfortable than using a tampon. With tampons, I experienced cramps and worried about Toxic Shock Syndrome. With pads or mama cloth, you still know you're on your period because of the bulk in between your legs. When I used my Lunette Cup, it was seriously like not being on my period!
A few tips:
- Squeeze your kegel muscles to push the cup down when you are ready to remove it.
- Squatting also helps to remove the cup.
- Don't insert your cup too far up!
- If you are experiencing leaks, make sure the cup is sealing.
- Emptying the cup in the shower makes for easy clean up!
This post contains affiliate links. I received a Lunette Cup from Green Team Distrubtion for reviewing purposes.