Ladies, This is the Best Menstrual Cup & It Will Change Your Life!
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Ladies, hear me out… and men, feel free to skip this post.
Remember that time you got your first period and the thought of using tampons was basically the most intimidating thing ever? Yeah… that’s exactly how I felt when a good friend told me about menstrual cups. And apparently that’s how almost every woman I’ve talked to feels when I ask if they’ve ever tried a menstrual cup.
So here I am, writing this post so I can tell you all the reasons you’re missing out and wasting unnecessary money.
I get it. We’re creatures of habit and we tend to stick with what works (I’m the same way). But what if I told you this little product will be the best switch of your life? If you’ve been around here for a bit, you already know that I’ve been making some major eco-friendly switches in my home. Not only are they saving me a ton of money every month, but they’re SO much better for the planet.
The one product I’ve been procrastinating switching to?…A menstrual cup.
I know what you’re thinking. “GROSS. NO WAY. Not me. EVER!” I know, I know, those were exactly my thoughts too. However, my urge to become more eco-friendly made me a little more curious and open to the idea of trying it. I knew one of my best friends used them so I asked some really personal questions and even then I still didn’t think it was for me. Do you know what I did to myself though?
I stopped buying tampons.
Similar to when I was potty training my kids, I literally stopped buying diapers so there was no going back. So one month, I just forced myself to be tampon-less and go for it. Also, similar to potty training, I was expecting this switch to be a total disaster less than a day into my cycle, but at least I could say I tried! LOL!
I ended up choosing the Flex menstrual cup – it’s hypoallergenic, contains no BPA, can be worn up to 12 hours 😱, is doctor recommended, lasts for YEARS, and there have been no cases of TSS with this product. 🙌 WOW! It’s also incredibly easy to clean. Just wash with warm water and soap and when your cycle is done, you can boil the cup for 10 minutes for extra sanitation.
And can we just take a minute to harp on how frugal this thing is?!
It may be a little pricey, but it literally pays for itself in just a few cycles and when you’re spending $10+ a month on tampons and pads the potential savings over the next couple of years will keep hundreds of dollars in your pocket!
Better for you. Better for the environment. Better for your wallet. 😍
It comes in two different sizes; a slim fit which is ideal for light to medium flows (holds the capacity of two super tampons) and is great for first-time cup users and a full fit which is ideal for heavier flows and holds the capacity of three super tampons.
Each box comes with a cute discreet bag for storage and traveling and 2 disposable menstrual discs (which wasn’t my favorite thing to use) but at least you know there’s another option included for you to try.
The Flex cup also sets itself apart from any other cups for these reasons:
1. It has a one of a kind design.
This is the first and only menstrual cup on the market that can be removed like a tampon. When you pull down on the release string, it breaks its own seal effortlessly which makes taking it out easy and mess-free. This also means that emptying it is breezy (this was another major concern I had) but with how easy it comes out, you can just dump it right into the toilet before you even see it.
After using this thing multiple times, I can attest that this design is everything it’s cracked up to be. The silicone material of the Flex cup is so comfortable and once you get the hang of relaxing your muscles, it just slides right out. There’s also no discomfort like what you may experience with a dry tampon when your flow starts to lighten or if you may not have put it in exactly right from the getgo. 👏So long, tampons!
2. It’s dark-colored.
A couple of my friends mentioned that their cups became stained over time and that’s the only reason they’ve ever needed to replace them. Not only did that gross me out, but I’m trying to be as frugal as possible too, so the fact the Flex cup was black and would conceal any future staining was a huge bonus! 🙌
Now it was time for the real learning curve…insertion.
For me, this was the most intimidating part of it all. Relearning how to insert something when it was that time of the month made me feel like I was 12 again and learning how to use tampons. The entire concept of a menstrual cup was so foreign to me.
After playing around with the Flex cup and probably staring at the directions a million times over, I actually found this video on the Flex cup to be the easiest to understand. The woman talks about how it works and more importantly shows you different ways to fold your cup so you can decide which technique works best for you and more importantly, she goes over how to make sure it’s inserted correctly so you never have any leaking.
She even gives a quick demonstration with a clear tube so you can see just how the cup blooms inside your body and how it easily comes out compared to traditional cups.
After using the Flex cup, I’ve decided…
This is the best product I’ve ever purchased for myself. I was mainly concerned about my 2-3 heaviest days during my cycle and how this cup would work, but there was even a day where I washed my cup right after dinner, went to bed later that night and didn’t check it until the following morning only to be totally impressed that there was no leaking whatsoever! 👏 I could never go that long with regular tampons EVER – not to mention, that type of neglect with tampons would put anyone at risk for TSS.
I was shocked at how easy inserting it was too, I got the hang of it right away and found which fold works best for me after some trial and error.
Along with the health perks that this cup provides, there are so many other amazing & life-changing benefits I discovered while using this cup:
- You can go to the bathroom without needing to empty or take out the cup. (This one still blows my mind and those girl-night-outs and a few drinks later also just got a whole lot more manageable.)
- You can swim while having it in.
- You can exercise without any worry or discomfort.
- You can sleep all night without worrying about leaking on heavy days.
- Traveling just got a whole lot lighter since you don’t need to carry around a surplus of tampons.
- Did I mention you can go 12 hours without even thinking about it?! This means that you’ll more than likely always be in the comfort of your own bathroom when needing to empty and wash it and no more changing soiled tampons and pads every hour when your cycle is at its worst.
Not only has this cup changed my life, but it’s changing many others too. Here’s what a friend of mine had to say about her experience:
“I was initially put off about menstrual cups so I feel like I am a poster child for converting. I was weirded out and confused about the process. It took many Google searches for me to understand how they worked. Another good friend getting one was the turning point for me. I am not joking when I say this… and I can’t explain it but…
I don’t mind getting my period each month.
It’s not like I ever had major issues with tampons or anything, but once I got used to the cup, I will never go back to tampons. I have never felt cleaner. I no longer get that sweaty, musty period smell after a few hours of wearing a tampon – I’m not sure if that’s normal but I just felt like I was always self-conscious about the way I smelled when I wore a tampon. I put my cup in before I go to work, and literally don’t think about it until I’m home and I take it out – favorite part ever!
I don’t worry about going too long with it in and TSS, no worries about leaking because it’s literally suctioned inside (crazy!). It’s BPA free and non-toxic so I’m not absorbing any of the chemicals inside tampons. I don’t have to spend $10 a month on tampons and it’s just a totally freeing feeling. I also love that I’m not adding to a landfill.
The other weird part that I somewhat have weirdly grown to love is the fact that I feel… so empowered. I feel like I know exactly what my body is producing and what my normal flow looks like. I hate blood, I hate anything of that sort but it’s like I’ve become so normalized by something that truly is so… normal. I got over the ‘ick’ factor pretty fast. And I’m always in the comfort of a private bathroom when I need to take it out, so it’s not like any inconvenient thing that I worry about having to do. I know what muscles I have to use to get it out which is kind of incredible and cool. Idk… I feel like a boss woman.
It’s a learning curve, getting to know exactly how to insert and take out but I can not recommend it highly enough and I wish I learned about cups when I was first getting my period. You might just try it one day and it’ll change your life… I promise.” – Lauren
Here’s where you can purchase the Flex menstrual cup:
- Target – Available online or in-store plus you can save 5% OFF when you use your Target REDcard.
- Directly from the Flex company(currently on sale for $32.99!)
Hip Tip: On Friday, March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act includes important provisions for users of health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and specifically, menstrual care products are now considered eligible expenses.
Examples include tampons, pads, liners, cups, sponges, or similar products.
To see learn more or to see about your eligibility, check this page for more information.
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