fertility and endocrine issues. So back in 2013 when I was ready to start fertility treatments for our second child, I knew I needed to assess what menstrual products I would be using to take care of my induced cycles. Thanks to our use of cloth diapers, I've become more and more aware of the toxins we expose ourselves to by mainstream products. With all of my health issues already a factor, I try hard to eliminate unnecessary toxins and make the switch to healthier alternatives.
Did you know that tampons contain hazardous ingredients that can cause cancer, reproductive and endocrine issues, and allergic rashes. Wait. Did you read that? Reproductive and endocrine issues. Bingo! I already have those issues! I hate to think that I did this to myself with all of the tampons I had used in my teens and early 20s, before my menstrual cycle disappeared and my fertility took a turn south. Unfortunately, it's not just tampons that are a problem. Pads, feminine wipes and washes, deodorant, and more are causing these same types of problems. To read more about these products and what they're doing to our bodies, the Chem Fatale report from Women's Voices for the Earth has more information.
I know what some of you may be thinking. Everything causes cancer. Everything is toxic. Something is going to kill me eventually. I've been there. I've had those thoughts, but trust me. You should care and you should be doing something about it. As someone who has spent years crying over my inability to get pregnant, to make my only child an older brother, and watched us gamble our money away on unsuccessful fertility treatments, I can't help but wonder how many toxic products have contributed to my conditions. So I'm doing something about it.
I made the switch to reusable products in 2013 and after about a year of use, my periods came back! I don't have to have them induced with prescription medication, I don't have to wonder why my 31 year old body isn't working the way it should be each month. For the first time in 10 years, I can track my fertility with my menstrual cycle and I'm still hopeful that we'll get a second child without the use of fertility treatments. In the meantime, I'll continue to ditch more toxic products and ingredients from our lifestyle.
A few months ago, I began using the SckoonCup (AD) during my cycles and I think I'm in love! Are you ready for the best part about this cup? I totally forget I'm on my period while I'm using it! In fact, I had to go back to the bathroom one morning because I thought I had forgotten to put my cup in. Only, when I got to the bathroom, my cup wasn't there. I didn't forget, I just couldn't feel it at all, it's that comfortable!
I only have to deal with my cup twice a day. I empty it each morning while taking my shower and then again each night before bed. The mornings are easiest because I can rinse it out while in the shower and in the evenings, I do a quick rinse using my bathtub faucet (it's right next to the toilet) without having to get up. It's not messy at all! The cup doesn't spill all over the place once removed. Everything stays in the cup until I dump it out into the toilet.
The SckoonCup doesn't hurt when inserting, but if you're new to menstrual cups there is a bit of a learning curve. You'll have to play around with your insertion method to find the spot where the cup should sit for you. The first month or two that I used a cup I was inserting the cup too high. It was quite stressful trying to get it out, but you won't lose your cup inside you (trust me!).
Some of my favorite features of the SckoonCup are that it's made in the USA using FDA approved medical grade silicone! This silicone is soft and really flexible, making it easy for you to bend it however you need for insertion and removal. The SckoonCup comes in two sizes, small, for women who haven't delivered babies vaginally, and large for women who have. I'm using a size two and it's a perfect fit! Unlike other brands, Sckoon positions it's suction holes so that the cup has maximum capacity, without actually making the cup itself bigger.
The SckoonCup comes in a variety of colors and retails for $40. If you think that $40 is a lot, just add up all of the money you spend on tampons in a year and then think about all the toxins that are coming with it (yuck!).
- Bear down with insertion! If you're trying to get your cup to "pop" into place, bear down a little bit and it will find it's spot.
- If you're having a hard time getting your cup into the right spot, try squatting all the way down. This is not ideal if you're in a public stall, but at home, it can be helpful.
- Utilize your shower! Emptying your cup in the shower and makes it easy for clean-up. Also, squatting in the shower is much easier than in the middle of your bathroom.
- Expect a learning curve. If you have leaks or experience discomfort, give it a few months before giving up. It takes a few cycles to become a pro!
This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. This post contains affiliate links.