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This might be kind of an icky topic to discuss, but in addition to sharing recipes, I like sharing paleo-friendly/natural products with you all. In the past I’ve tried out two different types of menstrual cups. Without mentioning the brands, I will say that I really had major problems with both of them – a ridiculous amount of leaking no matter what I did. I had given up on using a cup until the opportunity came along to try out SckoonCup.
SckoonCup is a menstrual cup alternative to tampons and pads. It’s made right here in the USA, from FDA approved soft medical-grade silicon, which makes it safe to use in the body. That also means that it’s reusable and environmentally-friendly. The cup comes in two sizes: Size 1 is for women who have not previously given birth vaginally, and Size 2 is for women who have given birth vaginally.
In addition to menstrual cups, SckoonCup also makes organic cotton reusable cloth pads, which I’m really looking forward to trying out.
So, I’ve been using the cup for three months now and here are my thoughts on it…
It’s a lot softer and smoother than other cups I’ve used. That softness makes it easier to insert.
It didn’t leak. EVER. Remember how I mentioned above that I had major leak issues with other brands? Well SckoonCup never leaked!
It was really easy to clean – much easier than other brands I’ve tried.
Even though the silicone is soft, it’s also very sturdy.
It’s easy to fold for insertion.
It held a lot. I have very heavy periods, but the cup was able to last me 6-8 hours at night, which is great.
I had a difficult time getting the cup to open once it had been inserted. The first month went very well – it opened/suctioned all but one time. The second month went poorly – it only opened/suctioned one time my entire cycle. The third month was somewhere in between – it opened/suctioned about half the time. There’s always a learned curve to cups, so I’m hoping that’s just what the issue is. Because of the excellent benefits of using a menstrual cup (which I will detail below) and the fact that this one doesn’t leak, I will continue trying to use it.
The stem really hurts. It seemed a bit long for me, so I trimmed it, but it still hurts me (even after the trimming) for about 30 minutes after insertion. I’m too afraid to trim it any shorter because…
Removing the cup was pretty tough. There were several times when the cup moved up so high inside of me that it took a long time to remove it. At one point, I was actually afraid that I would have go the hospital to have them try. Alas, it did eventually come out, but it had me worried. I have heard about this happening with other brands, as well, so I can’t say for sure that it specifically had anything to do with SckoonCup.
So, now, what are the benefits of using a menstrual cup?
5 Reasons To Use A Menstrual Cup
- Non-toxic: Tampons and disposable pads contain numerous chemicals that can harm your body.
- Cost-saver: There’s no need to spend big bucks on disposable product every month since a cup is a one time cost.
- No Pain When Removing: I can’t tell you how many times it felt like tampons were cutting me on the inside when I removed them. Ick. Removing a cup is painless.
- Easy To Transport: I travel a lot. If I get my period on a week-long trip and I’m using tampons, can you imagine all of the space that will take up in my bag? A menstrual cup is one small item that can be put into a cute holder (that comes with it) and tossed into any bag. It won’t take up any space.
- Doesn’t Have To Be Changed As Often: When using tampons, I have to change them every 1-2 hours when my flow is heavy. When using a menstrual cup, I only have to change it every 3-4 hours, which is a big difference when I’m running around non-stop with a 4 year old.
Have you ever tried a menstrual cup? What was your experience like?
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