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    Sarah CooksonSarah Cookson
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    I’ve been wanting to try a menstrual cup for a while, but I’m really hesitant. Everything I’ve heard about removal and cleaning seems really overwhelming. Can anyone share their experience with a menstrual cup?

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      Sarah CooksonS

      Thanks for all the tips, ladies. I bought the Cora cup and tried it towards the end of my cycle. My flow is a bit lighter then, so I thought that might be a good way to ease in. I’m still figuring out how to get it in the right position so it doesn’t leak, but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it next month. Bottom line: it’s not as scary as I thought! And not having to change it as often as tampons is definitely a game changer.

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      sarah msarah m
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      Hi! I have been using a cup for almost 2 years now and it’s honestly the best. I have tried a few and am currently using the June cup, which is super affordable right now due to them selling it at cost for those struggling financially with Covid! I suggest starting out with a smaller size. A lot of companies will size you by if you’ve given birth or not, which I don’t really find to be true. You can always size up after you’ve had some experience, and sometimes is kind of nice to have two options on hand.

      It definitely takes some time getting used to working with it, but once you do, I actually forget I’m on my period sometimes (now if I could get rid of the other symptoms 🙃). I rinse and wash it with a gentle soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s but there are other specific cup washes out there) between uses and boil it between periods. I will also occasionally use This Is L pantyliners with it if I feel I haven’t secured it properly which adds another layer of protection. They can stay in there for up to 12 hours, so it’s a great option if you are on the go kinda gal, and for overnight!

      TBH tampons really dried me out and I would feel discomfort for up to a week after my period ended but that doesn’t happen with the cup. I switched to the cup to be more eco-friendly, but I have found the overall happiness of my vaheen to be sooo much better.

      Related: I have a copper IUD/paraguard and have heard horror stories about people dislodging theirs with a cup, so I am extra careful when I take it out. Instead of pulling it out by the “thread” (not sure what to call it), I pinch the bottom of the cup so the suction breaks before I even move it. It doesn’t interfere with the strings at all, either.

      I hope this helps!

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      Leigh E.

      Hey there! I made the switch to a menstrual cup when I went off my birth control in July and I love it. Honestly the most “challenging” part is figuring out insertion but it’s nothing that complicated. Most cups that you buy come with instructions about insertion (there’s different ways to fold the cup), removal (you just need to undue the suction by squeezing the cup as you take it out), and cleaning (use boiling water in between periods).
      I recommend the MeLuna cup. I also googled “best menstrual cups” when I was thinking of switching and there was a whole article comparing the different cups on the market.
      I also invested in some reusable pads which I recommend when you start off using the cup to deal with some possible leakage.
      Hope this is helpful! As I said I love it and it’s nice not having to buy tampons or pads anymore. Also the added benefit of less waste!

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