Somewhere in the course of watching tons of YouTube videos about Smash Books and various scrapbooking and sticker subscriptions, I started getting recommended videos from Precious Stars Pads. She does reviews and advice about menstrual cups and reusable pads. (So if you are squeamish about periods, maybe this is a good time to hit the back button.)
My periods were super irregular for years, and then one day they magically started being perfectly regular. No idea what changed, but I’d already heard about menstrual cups by that point and was interested, but not wanting to commit to buying one if I wasn’t sure my periods would stay regular. I decided that after a year I’d buy one. I ended up getting a Lunette cup in December 2013. I loved it immediately, but was too embarrassed about the topic to spread the love to my friends.
Then in September 2015 I started taking birth control pills. My 2-day periods turned into 0-day periods – not a spot of bleeding at all since I started the pills…until Monday. I had just lamented the fact that I don’t get to use my Lunette cup anymore, then 5 minutes later I was in the bathroom finding a tiny trace of blood. I cursed myself. Of course, my uterus can’t decide what it’s doing. Every time I take out the cup and find it empty I leave it out, then a few hours later there’s blood again and I put it back. I’m getting annoyed.
However, I was also really excited about the idea of needing my cup again, because in watching these YouTube videos I found a really cool one called Lily Cup Compact. It folds down like a collapsible funnel and fits in a tiny plastic case. I’ve already taken a chance and ordered one in hopes I’ll be able to use it.
So what’s great about menstrual cups? They save money in the long run because they last for years. They keep a lot of garbage out of the landfills. They don’t dry you out by absorbing all your natural lubrication. There have been no reported cases of TSS. They aren’t full of bleach and other nasty chemicals. They can be worn for up to 12 hours without needing to be emptied. Some people experience shorter, lighter periods.
The YouTube channel I mentioned above has great videos that should answer any questions people have, but I’m happy to answer questions to the best of my ability. I’m tired of being too ashamed to share one of the best things that I ever discovered.