When folded in half, the soft, flexible cup slides right up where a tampon would normally go. Sitting low, the cups suction holds it in place while it quietly fills with menstrual blood over the course of the next 11 hours.
That’s not six, not eight, but 11 full hours without having to think about your period.
Additionally, when its time to change, the process is so simple even a horror movie heroine could do it. You simply break the suction with a finger, pull the cup out by its tab and empty the contents into the toilet.
Not convinced yet? Just wait. I got in touch with Cathy Chapman, marketing and social media manager for Lunette menstrual cups.
In her no-frills way, Chapman shared candid responses to the questions both my friends and coworkers were too grossed out to ask.
Relax, theres no measuring involved. You dont have to call ex-hookups to ask, either.
Lunettes two cups are sized based on flow, not actual vaginal width. Both hold a reasonable amount of blood, one is just slightly larger.
We like to say if you generally experience a heavier flow go with the size two, and if you have a light to moderate flow go with the size one, Chapman explains.
Easy. Even the most squeamish woman knows how heavy their Aunt Flo is.
Short answer: no. At worst, youd find yourself leaking a bit.
Thats nothing your traumatized middle school self couldnt handle, especially since you dont even have to go to gym class anymore.
“You would find yourself emptying it more often, Chapman says. “Generally, though, even with the size onemenstrual cup its still holding more than what two regular tampons absorb.”
Its important to note, however, that Chapman recommends pairing your cup with a pantyliner the first period you use it. Shelaughingly explains there is a bit of a learning curve.”
“It took me a cycle to get the hang of it and now I can whip in a cup in, like, 20 seconds, she adds.
Not a phrase you hear every day.
Will I lose it in my vagina and never be able to have kids?
“Literally, you wont ever lose your cup,” Chapman asserts. “Its not going to venture through your womb or out your colon. No, not gonna happen.”
Thank goodness, because none of us can stomach telling the doctor how a menstrual cup ended up in our asses.
Is putting in a menstrual cup similar to birthing a child, pain-wise? What can I expect?
After youve opened the package, youll want to wash the cup with unscented soap. Then, fold the cup it may take a few tries to find the best fit and ease it into the vaginal canal the same way you might with a tampon applicator.
Most importantly, this entire process should be devoid of annoying pains. You shouldnt feel the cup until its ready to come out.
“It shouldnt hurt, Chapman laughs. “If it hurts, youre definitely doing it wrong.
Indeed, the cup shouldnt be sitting anywhere close to your cervix.
“I think one of the biggest misconceptions [with] the menstrual cup [is] you have to shove it up there to your brain. But, actually, you wear the cup lower in the vagina above the pubic bone, Chapman explains.
Give the handle a light tug to test the seal, and it should stay in place.
Im super extra weird about blood and dont want to faint on the toilet trying to change this thing. How much gore should I prepare myself for?
If you can handle a tampon, a cup should be OK.
“Definitely dont just fling your cup out, pull it and whack it around,” Chapman says. “If you break the seal and then gently pull down, itll stay in place. Just picture it as a wine glass, and you dont want to spill the wine.
Or, you know, maybe drink wine while you try and pull the cup out the first time. It might help.
Will I smell like period? I don’t want dogs trying to sniff me.
You can be sure of one thing: you wont smell the blood. According to Chapman, it only starts to have an odor when exposed to air. Nestled safely inside of you, the cup is smell-free.
If you do catch a whiff of something, it might be your vaginas natural eau de parfum.
“Generally when people experience smell, thats usually a result of their own vaginal odor and sweat,” Chapman explains. “Thats like a normal scent.”
Oh, well, this is awkward.
Can I have sex, or will it scare my date away forever? I only get one shot at this and I can’t blow it.
You can havesomesex using a menstrual cup, just not the penetrative kind.
“You can definitely enjoy oral sex with a menstrual cup, so thats a plus,” Chapman says.
Short of actual pentration, she stresses the ease of life without a dirty old tampon string to drag around. Activities like wearing a bikini to the beach and booty shorts at the gym suddenly get so much easier.
An easy period, no strings attached. Throw those tampons away and never look back.