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For some, the menstrual cup is part of their monthly care, some have heard of it but never tried it and there are others who just discover this period hack and want to try it.

We love to bring you the info you need to take the best care options for you.

This is why we decided that this particular blog post will be based on a real experience of a very real woman, aged 36, mother of one child. She tried the menstrual cup for the first time and we wanted to share her experience with all menstrual cup noobies.

But before we dive into our user’s experience, let us give some context about menstrual cups.

The first cups were invented in 1867 (yes, they have been around way longer than we imagine:). The reason they haven’t picked everyone’s interest back then has to do with limited hygiene solutions for the cups to be sterilized and properly used, the fears, and cultural beliefs that follow most communities.

Cups may be more mainstream, but certainly not widespread (studies suggest only between 11 and 33 percent of women surveyed are aware of menstrual cups), as stated in an article from Popular Science. 

It’s time to change this, but to do so we must offer useful information from women who use the menstrual cup and see its benefits and how life changing they are.

This is where Ana’s story comes into focus. We asked her to share her first time using the cup and decided to use her story raw and unedited with you.

We find that this particular way could help you take the best decision, based on unfiltered information.

So here it is:

I’ve heard about cups for some time now. 

But everytime I saw an ad or a post about it on Instagram, I’ve always thought: “Oh, wow…interesting for someone else, but not for me.”

It’s not that I love the stuffed panties only pads can offer or that I’m a fan of the bleached tampons. But cups just seemed …invasive somehow. Plus it seemed like we already sacrifice so much, why should we sacrifice our period confort? 

I get it… tampons end in landfills, but I don’t want to be uncomfortable when I’m cramping and I am already miserable. 

So moving foward, here comes the moment I find out a dear colleague of mine also knows about cups AND she uses them for 2 years now.

My interest has picked now!

You can’t imagine the amount of questions I asked her. I think she feld interrogated at some point. 

Some questions were about safety, some of them about hygiene. Most about the insertion, cause in my mind that seemed a hardcore thing (spoiler alert: it isn’t, there was another moment I should have been more aware of though).

So after she pumped me up on how her periods became a breeze after using the cup (she swears she is even cramping less because of them), I’m offered the opportunity to try the Femi.eko cup.

So, naturally, I go for it! I’m curious and have this idea that is she could do it, I can too! Also, my colleague assured me it’s gonna be alright but she did say there is a learning curve when it comes to menstrual cups and I may not succeed on the first try, but I shouldn’t get discouraged by it. 

Normally everyone says to read and decide which type of cup is better for you. 

Femi.eko, the cup I used, has 2 sizes. One is A and one is B. They have even a quiz on their site to help you choose the better option.

I haven’t taken the quiz and since I got both cups (A and B) haven’t paid attention to which one I sterilize first.

In hindsight, I should have paid attention to this.

I did watch some Youtube videos that show how to insert the cup, sterilize it and what to do to get it out.

So, fast forward, here comes Aunt Flo. It’s night time and I just don’t wanna use another tampon and get up in the middle of the night to change it.

I boil the cup for 10 minutes (I am paranoid and watch it closely, minding that it is always under the water:) my husband watches curiously, staying close by).

Than time to get to the part, I am most warry of. Insertion. 

I wash my hand (again, I think I did this 5 times already), I fold the cup in a C fold (thank you Youtube videos!). The Femi.eko cup is super soft and pliable, I like the texture a lot!

I proceed to insert it. Lord and behold! It goes smoothly, I might say even easier than a tampon. It may not be like this for everyone, this is why some recommend using a little bit of water-based lubricant.

So the cup is in, but how do I know it has opened? 

I try to run my fingers for the edge of the cup but I just can’t feel the edge.

Now I’m a little worried, but not much.

I repeat this mantra: it has nowhere to go. “It’s there, calm down, breathe!” (they say to do that a lot in the videos).

I start to move a little. I am conscious of it’s presence but I can’t say it bothers me or that there is any pain.

So I go to sleep, fretting a little over night and being paranoid the cup didn’t fully open and I will wake up to a blood bathe.

But morning comes…and what a glorious day it is!

No sign of blood stains, none on the sheets, none on my PJ’s. 

That is truly a miracle (I used the cup on my second period day, so on the heaviest flow).

I am very curious to see how much blood there is in the cup. 

So to the bathroom, I go. 

I wash my hands very thoroughly and try to fetch the cup.

But I just can’t find it! 

Wait…what? 

I feel for it and I find the tail…

“Phew, ha, ha, Ana, you are such a cup virgin. Where did you think it will go?”, I say to myself.

I know I have to break the vacuum, but see this is where I think I was overconfident and skipped an important step. 

I am now fully aware I should have read about sizes. I think I have a very high cervix cause of the problem from last night…it’s still here. I can’t find the rim of the cup.

I try for a few times and decide to Youtube this.

There must be something I am not doing right.

It takes just one video to get my confidence up.

I now know I have to squint a little, until I’m able to get the cup down. 

The thing is you are tented to just pull on the tail, like you would with a tampon. 

But that doesn’t work (and can hurt your poor vagina a little). 

At this point I find it easier to squint while sitting on the toilet.

I push (like taking a normal poop) and now I can reach the cup. I press it firmly to break that vacuum and I firmly pull on it and safely remove it.

Tadaaaa! What I was fretting about a minute ago?

I go for a pair of period panties because I am a freak and want to sterilize it again before using it, but I could just wash it and use it again. After all it has been in my body and can get back in.

Since this first time happened I’ve been using the Femi.eko period cup size B and it has been a life saver. I was able to swim at the pool with it and pass my heaviest days without a stain!

I am grateful someone invented this for women!”

Ready to find out more about our cups, just go here for info. Or if would like to take the quizz and find out which Femi.eko product is best for you, go here.

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