How to Have a Smooth Transition to a Menstrual Cup
Did you know that Leona Chalmers invented the first menstrual cup in 1937? Chalmers designed the menstrual cup to allow women more freedom, power, and comfort around the clothes they wore while menstruating. Menstrual cups provide low-cost, low maintenance and eco-friendly period options, BUT how the heck do you transition from your current period products to a reuseable silicone cup?
Fun Fact: The average menstrual cup is $35 and lasts ten years. The cost of 10 years worth of tampons is $500+.
Be comfortable in your skin!
To make sure the menstrual cup you want to purchase is the correct fit for you, you may have to do a little cervix testing. It’s straightforward & there are many tips online to help teach you how to do so! This will be helpful to prevent you from purchasing the wrong brand or size, & let's be real most menstrual cups aren't the cheapest. Even though they can last for up to 10 years after finding the right one, its best to save your money and do the research beforehand. I sure wish I had.
BE PATIENT / take time to learn
Don't lose hope! Being a woman who is comfortable with her body, I expected to transition from tampons to my first menstrual cup easily. Oh, how I was wrong. The internet is your best friend, use it, a lot. I quickly realized that watching a couple of youtube videos certainly did not make me a pro.
Things take time, ladies. Don't let one uncomfortable leaky day let you down. Or do, that’s also fine; we support you anyway! Here's a great page with examples of 9 possible ways to fold your menstrual cup; it may take a couple of tries, but one will eventually click! https://www.menstrualcupsaustraliaonline.com.au/menstrual-cup-folds
Have a comfortable bathroom
It is recommended to attempt taking out your cup the first couple of times in the shower (I wish I would have known this haha hahaha). This way, it can help in case there's any mess, and it will most likely be more comfortable for you overall. Also, maybe don't use your cup if you know you're going to be away from a private/comfy bathroom for an extended period of time.
Do your research to figure out which cup is the best fit for your body.
This may include doing a little personal research (see #1) to determine the height of your cervix, as well as just seeing all your available options. Make sure you aren't allergic to the cups materials since some are silicon & some are latex. Keep in mind whatever cups are most popular/in stores may not be the right fit for you or your vagina! Another tip: if you tend to live a more active lifestyle, try a softer or squishier cup. It will do you wonders!
While many women love menstrual cups, it is important to talk to your doctor around changing your period routine. It is okay if a menstrual cup isn’t for you. Everyone is different, and at the end of the day, the option that works best for you is best for you.