If you’re a long time reader then you know that I swear by menstrual cups. If I weren’t a traveler I don’t know that I would’ve ever discovered them, but I am and I did. I’ve been using a particular menstrual cup for a couple years and while I could go on being vague, I’ll be honest and let you know that it was the DivaCup. While I’d loved the idea of it and preferred a cup over buying tampons and pads every month, it still wasn’t the “perfect fit” for me. I mean that literally and figuratively. So, I decided to test out the Lunette menstrual cup after MUCH research. I’m not joking. We can literally google any thought and I guarantee there’s a website or forum dedicated to the topic.
I settled on Lunette because when researching the particular issues I was having with my DivaCup, I learned that Lunette remedied it. I’ll get into specifics a little later but for now, here’s my Lunette menstrual cup review:
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a small, silicone cup that replaces other feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons. There are disposable ones (I honestly don’t recommend them) and ones for long term use. I mean, imagine not buying a box of tampons for a year or more. Cha Ching! I also like not being terrified of Toxic Shock Syndrome or worrying if there’s an odor exuding from my sanitary napkin.
You fold and insert the cup, and while you go on with your day, it collects your menstrual blood. Lunette provides a simple, yet effective How To Guide. I’ve learned that during the first couple days of my period, I need to empty my cup every four hours or so. However, the cup can be worn for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. During day 4 of my cycle I only need to empty my cup every 6+ hours and day 5 is pretty much me emptying it once.
Honestly, I still use panty liners when using my Lunette menstrual cup because that’s just how my body is set up. After reading tons of blogs and reviews I realized that I’m not alone and it’s okay. I thought I was still experiencing the learning curve and even after realizing a fold other than the C-Fold to insert the cup works for me, I still can have a slight leak. So, a panty liner does the trick. It also secures those overnight leaks because please believe my flow seems unstoppable while I’m sleep.
Why I switched
I’ve had my period for more than half of my life and at this point I know my body pretty well. I know that my cervix likes to shift around and that affects how a menstrual cup (tampons too) will fit me. Because my previous menstrual cup was on the larger side, there always came that day where my cervix was tilted funnily or so low that the cup was uncomfortable. And don’t get me started on the stem. That already adds length to the cup but I’m one of those women that NEEDS the stem and opts not to fully cut it off. How else do you guys get the damn thing out?
When searching for other cups, I was elated to read that the Lunette menstrual cup is a little smaller (read: shorter) and just may be a better fit for me…literally. I also read that it’s made with a softer silicone which is something that I could’ve lived with, but I wanted to be completely comfortable. So I hopped on it!
How does Lunette compare?
Believe it or not, when I first got my Lunette menstrual cup (just in time for Aunt Flo) I left the full stem in tact. It’s flat, versus round, and was even dare I say, a little comfortable. However, I was worried it would eventually bother me so I cut about half off.
I wore it toward the end of my period when I know my cervix tends to shift, and didn’t have to keep running to the bathroom to push it back up. Is this too much information? Well, it’s a little late for that. That was what sold me on this cup. I hated having to constantly run to the restroom to adjust my previous cup because it was simply too big for me and constantly sliding out during days 4 and 5 of my period.
This may not matter to some, but I also love that the Lunette menstrual cup comes in a variety of colors. My previous cup was clear and I think it was permanently stained by the second time I used it. Really, who wants to see that? My violet cup simply doesn’t have these issues. And the bonus is their handy wipes for when water isn’t available (HELLO TRAVELERS) as well as the cup wash for when it is.
All in all, I highly recommend the Lunette menstrual cup and encourage you to at least give it a shot. If you hate it, it won’t be the end of the world. Plus using one helps to save the world just a little bit at a time.
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*This post was sponsored by Lunette and as always, all opinions are 100% my own.