So I have been using the Pink Cup for a little over 7 months and I am very happy that I made the change.
I made the move from traditional menstrual items to the cup for numerous reasons. There are a number of concerns around tampons and pads that made me start feeling concerned about using them.
There were talks of the material that tampons are made from are not FDA approved – and we are sticking that stuff inside of us.
Tampons = cotton. Cotton farms use pesticides, which is probably not the best thing to be putting inside of your body.
The vaginal canal (where the tampon sits) is very absorbent, and say that the materials aren’t FDA approved, our bodies are absorbing all the bad chemicals.
Female hygiene products have a serious environmental footprint! The average women uses between 10 000 and 15 000 tampons in their lifetime, and due to the fact that tampons contain plastic they are not biodegradable.
At first I was very worried about how hard the cup feels, and that I would feel it while it was doing it’s job down there, but once I put the cup in properly you actually forget all about it – no lies…
If you are tired of a string hanging out of the wrong place, or of having to frequently change a pad, then the Pink Cup is definitely worth a try.
There are a few things that were very strange to have to adjust to during the initial move from tampons to the Pink Cup.
The first thing is that you get very intimate with yourself, and if that is not something that you are comfortable with then I think that the Pink Cup might be a very difficult move for you. There are points at which you have to put more than you bargained for up there in order to pull the cup out or correct it so that it sits properly.
When you first start out, it is very difficult to judge whether or not the cup is sitting properly and so the cup might leak during your first few uses. It is important to make sure that you then take note of how it feels inside of you when it leaks, and how it feels when it doesn’t – you will get used to how it feels when it sits correctly. You shouldn’t feel the cup at all, so use that as a starting point when trying to find the sweet spot inside of you.
When you first put it in, it will feel like it disappears just because you are expecting something to stick out that makes it obvious that there is something there. But the cup will move up into your canal until it sits comfortably and in the correct place. It is fine, and this should happen so don’t get a shock if you can’t feel it at the opening of your fru-fru.
During my first week of trying the cup out, I felt as if it had really disappeared and that I was never going to get it unless I acted then and there. I made the mistake of trying to pull the cup out without breaking the vacuum seal inside of it. Make sure that when you pull it out you squeeze the bottom of the cup before you pull it out. Otherwise it will feel like it won’t budge and then you will start to freak out and think that the cup is stuck.
When you think the cup is stuck – it is actually not. Please don’t freak out when you think it’s stuck – calm yourself down before you try and pull the cup out. The insertion and removal takes practice and you might not get it perfect the first few times, but stick it out and keep practicing because it will all be worth it.
Discolouration is normal. The Pink Cup will not stay its beautiful vibrant pink colour.
It’s important to note that you cannot just use anything to help you put the cup inside. The cup silicone is not compatible with a general lubricant – and lubricants are a very popular aid. Menstrual cups can usually be put in using water and it works very well, but coconut oil is the next best option if you need more help. In saying this, please read up about the cup that you have bought and make sure you are familiar with what forms of lubricants you can use to help you insert your cup.
I am very happy with the move that I have made over to the Pink Cup. I don’t stress about my time of the month. There is no worries about strings hanging out of the wrong places, nor is there the worry on how to hide the bulk that is a pad.
Make sure you read how my first encounter with the Pink Cup went – it’s a hoot! 😉