Last year I made the switch to cloth sanitary pads. I was sick of using disposables – I knew they were bad for our planet and if I was completely honest with myself, they didn’t make my body feel good. Switching to reusables was the best thing for me.
Last month, I featured Kind Organic in my Welsh business write-up. Based in Cardiff, Kind Organic believe that every woman should feel empowered to choose products that are best for body and planet. That’s an ethos I can get behind! They sent me their menstrual cup to review. This is an honest account of a first time user – where I struggled, how easy (or not) it was to use, tips on how to clean and more.
Disclosure – gifted product
Why use a menstrual cup?
- Less waste – the average woman uses over 10,000 tampons or sanitary towels in her lifetime. All of these end up in landfill or in the waterways. Even biodegradable disposable sanitary products won’t biodegrade in landfill due to oxygen starvation.
- More moolah – by switching to a menstrual cup, you stop yourself needing to buy the disposable products every month.
- No stuffing nasty bleach products in or around your vagina every month (yes, the reasons tampons are white is because they’ve been bleached)
The specs of the Kind Organic menstrual cups
Recommended for under 30s and those who have not had children
Recommended for over 30s and those who have had children
Both cups are made from medical grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). They have pressure release holes near the top, rounded edges, a firm grip handle and are cruelty free and vegan. They’re suitable for a light to heavy flow.
My review – what I thought
This was my first ever try at using a menstrual cup and like many women, I struggled a little with my first cycle. Getting the fold and positioning just right took a few tries, and just as I was beginning to get it, my period ended!
For the first cycle, I used a menstrual cup and a light CSP just in case. I tried a few different folds (there are some handy instructions that come with it) and found the U fold worked out best. There was some leakage but that was because in the first couple of days, I couldn’t get the positioning right. I decided to give it another cycle to try again.
The second time around, I took to it really easily – aside from the very first use, it was as easy as using a tampon! There was no leakage, I couldn’t feel it and I could largely get on with my life as though nothing was happening (cramps aside, obvs).
The cup is soft, springy and easy to clean. When inserted properly it didn’t leak and I couldn’t feel it. It did take some time to get used to it, but that’s the same with all cups for first time users. The instructions say to turn the cup 360 degrees once inserted to ensure proper positioning. If you struggle to grip it like I did at first, push down on your pelvic floor just enough to be able to grip the base of the cup. You should then be able to rotate it.
Will I keep using a menstrual cup?
Yes! Although I love CSPs, my menstrual cup has been a godsend at the heaviest part of my cycle. It’s so much easier to tip out and rinse a menstrual cup than it is to rinse what feels like gallons of menstrual fluid on my worst days. I will probably use the cup on those 2-3 days my period is at its heaviest, sticking with my CSPs when it’s light or spotting. I feel like this is going to be the best of both worlds.
How to look after your menstrual cup
Before using a menstrual cup for the first time, and after every cycle, you should sterilise it. Kind Organic recommend you do this by boiling it in water for 3-4 minutes.
During your period, you should wash it clean with warm water at every change, including the pressure release holes.