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Lena, where have you been all my life? In my humble opinion, period cups are the best invention since sliced bread. For us ladies, at least. Although admittedly, I was one of those skeptics when I first heard about them. Is it messy? Will it be painful? What if it gets stuck, and I can’t take it out? However, once I took the plunge, all those worries washed away, and NOW – I can’t live without them. Period cups, specifically Lena Cups have officially been established as part of my monthly routine, every time Aunt Flo comes to visit.
WHY? How did I end up trying something I had previously been hesitant about? Two Words: Climate Change. Pollution caused by waste is a huge contributing factor to climate change and essentially the destruction of our planet. The more we throw trash at our home, the less it will become a safe and healthy place for us and other species to reside in. That was the push for me. I’ve been working my way towards a waste-free lifestyle and period cups are vital when it comes to eco-friendly living, as the recurring use of these feminine hygiene products contribute intensively to waste production. And indeed, that could be said about a lot of things. Zero waste, no chemical-ridden cotton and no unwanted spillage – period cups are the way to go. When researching period cups, I wanted to choose one that was ethical and safe. Lena Cup is made in the USA, vegetable dyed and FDA approved. That means it is an ethical company using no nasty chemical dyes on their products, with no labels of unknown ”imported” manufacturers.
THE EXPERIENCE. I was able to try the 2-pack of the small and large, and the sensitive cup. On the first day of my period, I tried the Small Cup to get acquainted with period cups as it was my first time. I gave it a rinse with warm water using a mild, allergen-free, natural and vegan soap. Then I flattened it, folded it in half and inserted it until the bottom was at the opening of my vagina. It suctions into your vagina and will reform itself to catch all your blood. And yes, I even have it in when I sleep. I would say that there can be leaks, and I’ve stained my underwear a few times so I’d suggest wearing a liner when your flow is heavy. Also, it could just be needing to make sure it’s suctioned in fittingly. After noticing the leakage, I did switch over to the large cup and that definitely solved the problem for me. With the period cups, you’re able to wear it up to 12 hours – amazing. However, the longest I’ve worn it was 8 hours (at night until morning). When I’m out and about, I was changing it every 4 hours. When I did this, I noticed that the period cup was only filled up halfway, at most. I wear the Large Cup at the start of my period when I have a heavier flow, and once I see that cup barely filled up at 4 hours, I switch to Small. During a period cup emptying or switching, I rinse it and insert it back in. Instantly, I feel refreshed and clean again. If you do not have access to a private bathroom or stall with a sink, rinsing it will obviously be an issue. I suggest purchasing a second and bringing it around with you, or just opt for the 2-pack. Lena Cup gives you a small pouch to keep your period cup sanitary. Comfortability factor, I’d give it a generous 8/10. That’s pretty above and beyond, considering having anything up there shouldn’t be comfortable. And I haven’t even talked about the Sensitive Cup. This one feels a lot more gentle and soft, not significantly but enough for one to notice. For those of you who are uncertain and nervous, I’d start with the Sensitive Cup. I used this one when I was feeling sensitive “down there,” hence the name. We all undoubtedly have those days where we don’t want to deal with anything. The sensitive one is great for that, but also not necessary since the regular cups are already excellent. I’ve used it three months in a row, and I can confidently say I will never go back to pads and tampons.
STILL NOT CONVINCED? If you’re unsure about it because you have never even inserted anything into your vaginal canal, think about how miserable you are when your period rolls around. On top of dealing with moodiness, fatigue and period cramps (if you are one of the unlucky ones), you have to put up with a mess in your underwear, consistently for 3-7 days. Not going to get too graphic or descriptive because all you pad-wearing ladies know what I’m talking about. If you are strictly a pad lady for any other reason besides a fear of sticking something in your vagina (such as religious reasons), I understand, and this may not be the thing for you. Another huge plus I can’t forget to mention, is that you never have to buy a box of tampons and pads, ever again!
With that all being said, I highly recommend period cups. I have linked the period cups I talked about at the bottom of this post, and I suggest you give them a try. They’re currently on sale right now!
I think I pretty much covered everything, but if I’ve missed something you are curious about – definitely send me an e-mail or a DM on Instagram, and we can chat.