5.10.2013

Lunette Cup Review

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. 
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