Three cycles ago, I decided to forgo the tampon situation and use a menstrual cup. I started off with the small (after reading the directions)and it arrived when I was mid-cycle. It worked perfectly.
I wore panty liners the first day in case it leaked and realized I didn’t need to at the tail end of my cycle. My 2nd cycle, I wore it the entire time and wore a heavy pad for when I slept and the first few days just in case. It didn’t leak when I slept, I’m assuming because I was parallel however all day I felt it leak. Thank god I wore pads! By the 3rd cycle, I didn’t want it to leak because it felt disgusting so I got a larger size. I am super heavy the first couple of days and every time I went to pull it out it was overflowing and filled to the max.
I’m not sure if I’m doing it right or if I’m just bleeding too much by the 3rd cycle, I was hoping to have it down but I didn’t. It leaked again when I was out and about but not when I slept. I just ended my 3rd cycle so I’ll have to wait but so far I love it. Even with the leaking. I’m okay wearing a pad for the first two days and panty liners thereafter.
Thinking back, I can’t imagine the cotton ball that was stuck up my thing for however long. There must be lint residue from it and it totally doesn’t sound or feel sanitary. I am hoping to not leak because either I can wear it properly or I can dump the period one more time in the day. But that’s the hard part. I can’t be dumping blood and cleaning my cup in a public bathroom!
I have 3 weeks to figure it out. The best part about this is that I don’t ever have to buy tampons again!
I use overnight pads when I’m most heavy when I sleep. I also use pantyliners during the first couple of days and the last couple of days. I have this weird thing where I stop bleeding for a day and it appears again. And every time, it tricks me. Pantyliners come in handy.
I didn’t know what to expect, I never thought of going organic but after the first use, I’m a bit obsessed.
For me, I don’t know the difference other than to describe how it feels. It felt cleaner if that makes sense. The material was comfortable, I didn’t feel like I was sweating or smelly. The feeling of wearing Rael was a much better experience than Playtex or whatever other brand I’d pick up at the store.
And I’m not just saying this because I was sent this stuff. If you know me, I’m going to be candid about my opinions even if it was for free… it’s typically with food so this is a bit different.
I’ll use it again on my next cycle and see if my opinion stays the same…