Friday, July 19, 2019

Organicup Review and Experience

Disclaimer : If you are someone who are easily grossed out or uncomfortable with the topic of woman reproductive system and chunks of blood and menstruation, then this blog post is not for you. 

Hello, lovelies~ I know, I know. I am SO late in the game with these menstrual cups, huh? It takes me that long to join the cup users.

Nobody says that.

Ever.

Anyway, I am going to share with you the menstrual cup that I used during my last period, which is Organicup. Since I have only used this brand, I can't really tell which one is more comfy or less firm or whatnot, but maybe in the future, I will.

Who knows.

Alright, so what is a menstrual cup, I hear you asking from a distance. Well, my fellow first-time cup users, it's basically a cup that you insert to your vagina to collect the blood to sacrifice to the Gods for you to later dump out. It's made of medical-grade silicone, so none of that nasty chemicals on the lining, etc.



Before using it ( at the beginning of the menstruation cycle), I boil the cup for 5 minutes. Make sure that the water is already boiling before you put the cup in so the cup won't touch the sides of the pan. Afterward, just make sure it's cooled before removing it from the pan. Wash your hands and the cup before insertion.


MY EXPERIENCE                                   
The morning of the first day using it was surprisingly pleasant and easy. I used a C cup fold, but it wouldn't go in easily, so I switched to the punch down fold. It went in way easier because of the smaller diameter. Once it's inside and a little adjusting, I couldn't really feel the stem.

As a reference, I work at an office from 9 to 5 mostly sitting, maybe walking up and down the stairs a few times to get my papers from the printer. I thought I was gonna have spots when I check after 12 hours, but nope. My pants are clean as a whistle!


Getting it out is easier than inserting it because it's just a slight pull at the stem, pinching the base and pulling it out gently. I never thought I'd be satisfied to see the 'red juice' collected inside the cup. My first day has a quarter of the blood collected.

Now, I have a short temper that is a bad quality when combined with elevating hormones that makes me go into mood swings with just a snap. When I was gonna change the night of the first day, I had a hard time making the cup unfold. It didn't occur to me that I can just simply TURN the cup at the base to make it a round shape, hence sealing the deal.

but I didn't think about that

I LOST IT.

I HAD A BREAKDOWN.

G even offered to help since he said he would have a better sight at the 'target'. I politely declined in tears and hysterics. I was thinking of how I have failed as a medical doctor, not being able to place this medical device inside of me successfully. I started to think about how my family would be disappointed in (not that they're proud, to begin with) me because of my failure. I started to feel like a failure. Oh my, it was just nasty to look at. Geez...

Yup. That's what my hormones + short temper does to me during my period.

I SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T TURN THE CUP.

I tried again for the last time before going to bed, but no luck. The cup is still left there unfolded and I'm still bawling my eyes out because of the failure. G consoled me and reminded me to take deep breaths and that this isn't the end of the world. If it wasn't for him, I would probably be in the middle of an anxiety attack. So, I took the cup out, used my sanitary pad and cried myself to sleep.

*phew*

The second day was a lot better since I did turn the cup at the base once it's already inside. There were a few leaks because I inserted the cup way too deep that it probably slanted to the side. It still caught a few milliliters of blood, so that was good.

The third and fourth day went smoothly because there was less blood than the day before. I already got the hang of inserting the cup and how deep it should be. My cue was inserting it until my index finger was about a quarter inserted. I then let go and it usually unfolds automatically. Right after my period ended I boil the cup for 5 minutes and store it in the cloth bag.

Verdict?

I enjoyed using it to the point that I wanna say...

SANITARY PAD WHO?
and

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!

also ...

HOW DO I LIVE WITHOUT YOU~?

I like that I can't feel anything while using the cup. There is no need to change pads every few hours. I don't have irritation because of the friction between my skin and the sanitary pads. There is also the financial and environmental effect of using menstrual cups. Sure it costs a lot in the beginning, but for the convenience and less (much less) waste piling up at the landfill, this is a worth to buy product for me.

How about you? Have you tried or thinking of trying a menstrual cup? Let me know in the comments below. I think I'm gonna do a separate post on tips for using a menstrual cup. This post is already too long I don't even know if you made it here. Until then, I'll see you later~


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