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Anonymous said: Just out of curiosity: I've read that menstrual cups are good for activities requiring a wide range of motion, but do you know how they would be for riding horses?
I think they’d be fine! I looked up a link just to be sure and it seems like it will still hold in place while you ride.
So I had a discussion on my dash with a friend about menstrual cups yesterday, and it sparked so many questions and responses that I thought I’d make an actual post about it.
To all you fab people who menstruate: Have you ever thought about using a menstrual cup?
Most of the time when talking about periods, only two options are mentioned: tampons or pads. In the past several years, however, menstrual cups have become more widespread and popular!
Why use them?
- They’re re-useable! When you’re on your period you can just take them out, empty them, rinse them, and put them back in. If you feel like you need to clean it more thoroughly when your cycle is done, you can clean it in boiling water or with baking soda! What’s the benefit? You’ll spend WAY less money than you would otherwise. It’s a little spendy to start, around £30, but you can use it for 7+ years! That also means you’ll have a lot less waste from menstrual products, which is much greener.
- Unless otherwise stated, tampons and pads contain loads of chemicals from the manufacturing process. You certainly can get natural organic products, but generic ones often contain bleach & chlorine. That’s how you get the ultra white “clean” look. These chemicals when used in tampons can often exacerbate cramps. Menstrual cups, however, are absolutely non-toxic.
- Speaking of non-toxic—there is absolutely NO risk of toxic shock syndrome with a menstrual cup!!!!!
- To insert, you can just fold the cup in either of the ways shown above, and insert into your vagina. It’ll open and create a seal around the walls, and will collect blood until you remove it! (If you wait too long to remove and you have a heavy flow, it might leak a little—on the first days of your cycle be aware of that!)
If you’re at all interested, you can check out mooncup (UK) or divacup (US), or even just search “menstrual cup” and you can find the type that’s most central to your area. Both those sites also have FAQs if you have further questions!
disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional, and the pics I’m using aren’t mine—I just think menstrual cups are great and I wanted to share some info :)
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Anonymous said: Can you ask your followers if anyone has experience using the DivaCup or similar cup when they are a virgin? I'd like to spend less on products and be more environmentally friendly, but not having had sex yet, I'm worried using the cup will hurt.
Inserting a cup shouldn’t be much more uncomfortable than using a tampon. However, if you aren’t comfortable reaching into your vagina to insert and pull it out, this is probably not the best option for you.
Not having had penetrative sex doesn’t impact you ability to use a cup, in fact many menstrual cups come in smaller sizes for those who haven’t had penetrative sex or who just haven’t had children. If you end up deciding to purchase one, shop around for different sizes from different brands, (for example many people report that even the DivaCup’s smaller size runs larger than other cups).
Lunette also has some great tips for teens/people who haven’t had penetrative sex which include instructions on inserting a cup for the first time:
Tips for first time insertion
- Relax and take your time: Choose alone time when you can focus without distractions or interruptions. Perhaps after a warm bath when you are relaxed. If you are too nervous, the vaginal muscles will tighten, making it uncomfortable, if not impossible, for successful insertion.
- Get Acquainted with yourself: It is always a good idea to know your own body. Take some time to locate the vaginal opening and even insert a finger to locate your cervix. It feels exactly like the tip of your nose. Knowing where your cervix is will help you to position the cup properly and not insert it too high.
- Practice during your period: The vagina is more flexible and the blood works as a lubricant. OR …
- Take a “dry run” before your period: You might be more comfortable practicing before your period if you feel squeamish about touching blood. In this case, use water as a lubricant.
- Try different folds that accentuate the insertion point: Most women use the typical C-fold. However, there are many ways to fold a Lunette. The video here will show you nine different folds.
- Proper insertion direction: Be aware that the direction of insertion needs to be aimed towards the small of your back — not straight up.
- Be patient: Know that it may take several times before you are successful. If you begin without the expectation of perfect insertion, you are more likely to be relaxed and pleasantly surprised when success happens.
- Assess the stem: Once inserted, you will need to decide whether or not to keep the stem. If it protrudes, it will be uncomfortable. In this case, you likely won’t need the stem and can trim it off. However, if not, you may need it to assist with removal.
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