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Saving on waste is becoming more and more of an issue. I’ve been wanting to change to a menstrual cup from tampons for a while. I tried one before which had a valve at the bottom to empty it without removing, but I could feel the end of it no matter how I positioned it. I have since tried another menstrual cup, the Sileu cup. This one is better for me, it has no valve. When I first tried it, I could still feel the end low down, but I was able to trim it, then it felt better.
How do you find the best fitting menstrual cup?
The general advice is that once you’ve had children (c-section or vaginal) you will need a large cup. If you’re still unsure, the website put a cup in it has a survey you can do to see which one to go for.
How do you insert a menstrual cup?
The Sileu cup comes with full instructions, but you basically fold it and then insert it. I tried it with one foot on the bath and had no problems. It unfolded inside. I always thought it was supposed to sit underneath the cervix, but actually it’s meant to sit inside the vagina. It stayed in no problem. I wore a panty liner at the same time just in case. I had no leaks.
Emptying the menstrual cup
I was a bit apprehensive, but it was alright. It is a bit messy! If I was out, I’d like to have a wipe or something with me. You just squeeze to release the vacuum and remove. There was surprisingly little blood in it. I poured it down the toilet, then I was able to wash it and my hands. I got the travel case and steriliser with my sileu cup, it comes in a nice rose pattern and fits the cup and steriliser inside. You also get a cloth bag with it.
To use the steriliser (which you can flatten and pop out), you pop the cup in, fill with water to cover and put it in the microwave. It also comes with a lid. Simple!
Pros and cons of using a menstrual cup
- Good for the environment
- No plastics (made from medical grade silicone)
- Better for your body, no fibres left behind
- No risk of toxic shock syndrome
- Can be worn longer than tampons
- Fiddly to insert and remove at the beginning
- Can be messy on removal
Well I’m converted, it may take a couple of goes to find the right one for you, but don’t give up, they are much easier than tampons once you get used to it. Have you tried one yet?