My Fight Against the Comfort Zone’ is a brand-new series where I embark on new and different experiences. These will allow me to continue to push myself out of my day-to-day life. Seeking fear, adrenaline and generally just a good time, you can read all about my what, why and AHH here!
Until the beginning of 2019, I was an avid pad user. I tried tampons and didn’t like tampons. Therefore, when I made the decision that I wanted to take my periods to the next environmental and organic level, it was a whole new territory.
“I tried tampons and didn’t like tampons.”Me 🙂
After spending some time researching into different menstrual cups, I made the decision to purchase OrganiCup’s Size A cup. It was available on Amazon and (thanks to the power of Amazon Prime) arrived at my door ready for my next period.
Packaged in a brown box, with a small cream holding pouch, I was nervous. Whilst the packaging assured me the product has no BPA, latex, dyes and was vegan certified – honestly I was just scared to stick it up there.
Already outside my comfort zone, I was very glad for the information and various techniques printed on the inside of the brown box packaging. (Because let’s be real, I had no idea how to get it up there.)
The cup is a small cup with a ‘stem’ at the bottom, which will be used to help you get it out. Whilst the ‘outside your comfort zone’ thoughts may cause you to worry that it is going to get stuck, I can assure you it won’t. During the 12 hours, (yes you can leave it in for 12 hours – HOW COOL!?) it may wiggle itself up a bit further than easy reach. Staying calm, using your muscles and pulling will solve that.
If you are thinking as I was, when I first heard of the menstrual cup, you are probably asking, WHY!?
My main reason for changing, not including getting outside my comfort zone, was the environment. Organicup estimates that ‘1 person will go through 11,000 disposable pads/tampons in a lifetime‘. When you take into consideration that ‘a year’s worth of disposable period products leaves a carbon footprint of 5.3kg CO2 equivalents‘ we have a problem here.
Following on, I was becoming more aware of the chemicals in period products. These include
Now, the time had come to try this bad boy out.
Using the box and the Organicup website, I did the ‘fold’ technique and got myself into a (mostly) acceptable position. I will be honest that the first time was not as simple as 1 2 3 BAM and it was collecting. It took several tries and even then when I thought I had done it, I was still leaking a little. (I recommend using a pad/panty liner for the first couple times.)
HOWEVER, the little push I gave myself to try something new opened up a whole new world whilst I was on my period. I feel like I am finally catching up on what I was missing from the tampons! The fact that I didn’t have to worry about it for 12 HOURS blew my mind and I don’t plan on ever going back.
I will be honest here and mention the fact I still haven’t mastered the art of going for my ‘morning conference call’ with it in. (Does anyone have any tips?) But the rest of the time I am strolling round like a boss. (Except when mother nature decides to punish me for not having a child yet x)
“But the rest of the time I am strolling round like a boss”Me again 🙂
And there we have it folks. I did it. I pushed myself outside my comfort zone by pushing something inside my private zone. (HA I’m hilarious)
If you haven’t given one a go I really recommend checking them out. There are tons of different brands, versions and sizes. They can last for years (Mine will last me at least 10 (!!) years) and can save you a TON of money.
If you have used/tried a menstrual cup then please leave your experiences down below!
Until next episode my friends!