Health and Beauty February 28, 2020
Continuing the theme of sustainable period products here is one for those looking to level up, we have the menstrual cup, there has been an awful lot of publicity about these funny looking things the last year or so with people claiming swapping to one being the best thing they have ever done.
First things first, everybody is built differently which means it could take a few tries to find the right cup, so do not be put off if you have tried one before and it wasn’t right for you. So, what is a menstrual cup, well you can get the ideas of a coffee mug out of your head right away, it is a flexible silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina and collects the blood. The benefits of using a cup apart from being better for the environment and saving you money every month are that it doesn’t absorb the blood meaning which means you are at less risk of getting toxic shock syndrome (TTS), they also hold more blood than a tampon and won’t soak up your natural moisture. The Lily Cup from Intimina is currently the only cup that rolls as thin as a tampon, it is made from an ultra-soft, medical grade silicone making it one of the more flexible cups on the market, ideal for working out and other activities.
It is best suited for users with a higher cervix (told you all bodies were different) and has been designed to cover the lightest to heaviest of flows, it can be used up to 12hours and there are no odours or dryness. There is a no spill rim on the inside of the cup to prevent leaks, there are two sizes available A and B (B being the larger-suitable for those who have given birth vaginally or diagnosed with a weaker pelvic floor). Every cup will take a little getting used to, give it 2-3 periods before making any decisions, we found it best to wear a reusable liner or period pant (Wuka is a great shout) whilst getting used to it. Full insertion and removal instructions come with the Lily Cup but the basics are that there are two different folding methods to try out, then you simply insert it like a tampon and give it a squeeze and a twist to make sure it completely unfolds and forms a seal inside the vagina, if you find the stem is too long you can trim it down.
The Lily is a very well-designed cup, it is flexible enough to remain comfortable during HIIT and yoga classes and is easy to empty and clean, when inserted correctly it gives you up to 12hours of leak free living. RRP £24.95
- Soft medical grade silicone
- 12hours of use
- Rolls as thin as a tampon
- No risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome
- No spill rim
- Eco friendly and reusable
- Not suitable for those with a lower set cervix