Six years ago I purchased my first menstrual cup. A player on my softball team had gotten pretty sick from a forgotten tampon at the end of her cycle and it scared me. I recently had become a mom to my second daughter and I felt that I needed a safer menstrual product that would still allow me to be as active as I am. I was absolutely frightened of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). As I researched more about TSS I became even more fearful – TSS is pretty scary stuff! My life was no longer just about me, I had two daughters depending on me, but I wasn’t ready to hang up my softball cleats just yet so I researched my menstrual options and concluded that a menstrual cup was the best product for my active life. I instantly fell in love.
I was recently sent SckoonCup, a menstrual cup made of high quality, medical grade silicone to review. It is soft and comfortable. Made from a single piece of silicone, it doesn’t have any irritating seams. The stem is thin and soft, allowing it to move as you do. Because it’s free of synthetic fibers, bleach and dioxin, SckoonCup is a healthier and safer alternative to tampons. With SckoonCup, you don’t have to worry about Toxic-Shock Syndrome (TSS) or vaginal infections with proper use. And unlike tampons, SckoonCup doesn’t absorb moisture, which can cause dryness and discomfort. SckoonCup can be worn up to 12 hours, even on heavy days!
Does it leak?
I put SckoonCup to the test through my last three periods and I’m happy to report that it doesn’t leak! I was able to wear my light grey dress pants at work confidently – I had no worries about having a pants catastrophe. I also wore it while I trained: running, cycling, swimming, and even kettlebell workouts didn’t cause any leakage!
Does it hurt?
No, not at all. In fact it is softer and more comfortable than the other menstrual cup that I’ve used for the past 6 years. When you first begin using a menstrual cup expect a learning curve. It takes a few tries to find the most comfortable position to place it. You don’t want it too high nor too low. With practice you will find your own “right spot”. I often completely forgot I was wearing it – good thing it can be effective for up to 12 hours!
How do you use it?
You fold it in half, called a c-fold to make it smaller to slide in. When the SckoonCup is in, rotate it fully to create a suction and to prevent leaks. This is very important – do not skip this step! Rotating it ensures the cup is fully open. You will usually feel it open after turning it. This creates the suction against the skin to prevent anything from leaking out around the sides of the menstrual cup.
How do you remove it?
To take the cup out you pinch the base of the cup to release the seal, and pull the cup slowly out. You then empty the cup and rinse or wipe it before and reinserting it. It can be washed with a mild soap, and sterilized in boiling water for a few minutes at the end of the cycle. Because it can be worn for 12 hours without having to be emptied, I didn’t bother with it in public bathrooms, I just wait until I got home to empty and rinse it. As I mentioned earlier, even on my heaviest days, the SckoonCup didn’t leak, despite being left in all day while I was at work, and through a lunch hour run.
Menstrual cups are changing lives:
In Africa, menstrual cups are changing women’s lives. Menstruation is expensive, so girls resort to using alternative methods to manage their periods such as leaves, newspaper, cotton rags, mattress stuffing etc. On average, girls miss 4.9 days of school per month due to their periods. Menstrual cups relieve the financial burden of menstruation. Having 12 hours of protection allows women to go about their lives without having to worry about locating latrines — a major challenge in many communities. This allows girls to go to school, and reduces their risk of infection cause by alternative menstruation management tools.
Still not convinced? Then here are 5 more reasons to give the SckoonCup a try:
1. It’s Suitable for ALL Activities
I’ve worn a menstrual cup everywhere over the past 6 years: swimming, running, cycling, jumping on a trampoline, golfing, skating, skiing, horseback riding, bowling, country line dancing etc. It’s comfortable and doesn’t leak.
2. No Surprises
Because it collects liquid instead of absorbing liquid, it doesn’t cause an imbalance in the vaginal environment. A menstrual cup can be placed a day before your period is expected and for that same reason it can be used until your period is completely over.
3. No Chemicals
Free of synthetic fibers, bleach and dioxin, SckoonCup is a healthier and safer alternative to tampons.
After an initial investment of $38.99 (less if you use my affiliate link), there are no additional costs for a menstrual cup for 5 years or more! When I was purchasing other disposable menstruation products I spent about that much every.single.month! I’ve likely saved approximately $360/year over the past 6 years!
Since they are reusable, menstrual cups help to reduce waste. Some disposable sanitary napkins and plastic tampon applicators can take 25 years to break down in the ocean and can cause a significant environmental impact. Source
I honestly loved the SckoonCup so much that I became an ambassador. It’s easy to use, doesn’t leak and is so comfortable!
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Would you try a menstrual cup?
Disclosure: This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and are based on my own experiences.