When I first heard about menstrual cups, I loved the concept.
“It’s a little pricey once-off buy that will save you so much money,” my friend said, holding the Mina cup in a Wellness Warehouse aisle. I was sold on the idea of using it, especially after meeting the Mina promoter standing at the end of the aisle, whom my friend knew personally.
This woman had left her fancy ad agency job, seeking a higher purpose, and found herself devoting as much time possible to spreading the word about the menstrual cup. She mentioned that it was the most sustainable option for women across the globe and that it was saving girls – who can’t afford pads – time, hassle, money and embarrassment of any kind.
I was sold.
I’d love to save some money. It’s going to be so convenient. No more toxic fragrant pads for me – I thought.
Boy, was I wrong. Horribly wrong. I have never been this disappointed in a personal care product. Ever.
For all the reasons above, I really wanted this to work. I was going to vlog about it, and help everyone else I know also save money, time, and potentially an infection from using fragranced sanitary towels. But it didn’t happen that way.
Instead of buying the Mina Cup that day, I decided to learn more about menstrual cups, in general, to make sure that it was safe. As I searched online, an ad for the Goddess cup popped up and it was R50 less than the Mina cup. Excited was an understatement.
I’d ordered the Goddess cup for R255 via the Faithful to Nature website and they’d given me some sample snacks when the package arrived. I loved the personalised service and that they’d sent me a snack that I could actually eat – and I’ve actually been on the site to order something today.
So imagine how amped I was to start using the Goddess cup. I couldn’t wait for my next period – Goodbye Kotex, Always, Lillets.
This is a little embarrassing but also not my fault so whatever right? Before ordering the cup, I chatted to a few ladies on Instagram and got amazing feedback from most – along the lines of; “life-changing; I’ll never go back, best decision”… I also discovered that one size doesn’t fit all; it gets awkward, especially when you’re out shopping and have to rinse the menstrual cup before reinserting it, but mostly that it is the healthier and most cost-effective option on the market.
I’d ordered the medium Goddess cup – 46.6mm Diameter x 70mm Length x 25ml Volume – and during my first period, it began to spill – not like crazy – but it spilt drops. At first, I thought that it was because I was doing it wrong so I went on Youtube – as one does – to make sure that I was using it properly. At most, I was using it for 3hours and my cup was certainly not full, so why was it spilling?
I kid you not. I thought that maybe I just needed to get the hang of using the Goddess cup so I decided to continue using it for months. The first and second cycles were conveniently painful.
My workout routine had changed during the time and the intensity level was not as great as it had been before using the cup so I figured that could be a possibility – I’ve always credited exercise as an easy cure for period cramps because it’s never failed me. But I decided to skip a month of using the Goddess cup and went back to using my sanitary towels, and magically the cramps vanished. The next month, using sanitary towels again: no cramps. To be sure, the following month, I used the menstrual cup again and what do you know: super painful period cramps.
Did I insert it correctly? Yes. I’d chosen the medium cup to avoid any spills, which clearly happened but according to this fun menstrual cup quiz, I should be using the small cup being that I haven’t given birth, and so on…(I’ll save you further personal insight about my flow). The exact feeling was bloating – as if the cup was pushing against my bladder. It was super uncomfy after an after the first rinse.
Difficult to remove
Hashtag: awkward. This is not an easy task when trying to carefully remove the cup after short periods of time. I was trying to avoid spills and my oh my was it difficult.
So will I use it again? Definitely not this brand. I’d be willing to try the small cup, although I have reservations due to the spills with the medium cup.
Are you using a menstrual cup and loving it? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment below or mail me directly to firstname.lastname@example.org