My menstrual cup, the OrganiCup, is here to stay. I never thought I’d use a menstrual cup and I never ever thought that I’d be writing about a period cup on this blog, but yep, here we are. It’s made too much of an impact on my life, including my travels, for me to keep it to myself. Supposedly 91% of people who try one never look back and I’m one of them.
Maybe you will be too.
My OrganiCup Review
I’ve been asked quite a few questions, so I thought I’d write my post in a bit of a FAQ style. I hope it helps and if you have any others let me know and I’ll do my best to add them.
If I’m honest I feel a little embarrassed writing this OrganiCup review – the thought of male colleagues or friends reading it is a little weird, but then maybe it’s weirder that guys might want to read it?! Anyway, periods are pretty day to day things (or I guess month to month!) and like I say, this period cup has really helped on my recent trips so I thought I’d share all…
What is a menstrual cup?
In simple terms, it’s a small silicone cup that you put inside you to collect the blood you leak when you’re on your period.
How does a period cup work?
Once your period arrives you insert it in your vagina canal and it collects the blood. According to the NHS, you’ll lose 5 to 12 teaspoons of blood during an average period. The cup can contain more liquid than 3 super tampons, so you basically don’t have to change it as often as a tampon or towel, which makes it super convenient. You’ll find a more in-depth guide further down.
Why are you using a menstrual cup?
The real reason I’m sharing this review and recommendation is because it makes travelling SO much more easier in my opinion, especially family travels.
When I have the kids with me I lose all chances of privacy. When we’re out and about and I need the loo, guess who comes with me? I have to contend with Nova trying to open the door, Kit trying to clamber on top of me or determinedly trying to pull every.single.piece of toilet paper off the roll. It’s a mission trying to pee, let alone change a tampon or towel.
You can wear the OrganiCup for 12 hours, so that means I don’t have to bother with changing anything when they’re in the loo with me. I usually do it first thing in the morning before they wake up and then in the evening once they’re asleep.
It makes my period so much easier and convenient and using my OrganiCup is helping to save the planet and saving me money, so it’s an all round winner in my eyes.
Why is a period cup ideal for travelling?
You don’t have to change the cup anywhere near as often as a tampon or towel, so it minimises the need to faff about with anything in pokey toilet cubicles on the plane or in grimy loos out and about. Hurrah.
It means you can spend less time worrying about where you’ll next get changed and more time having fun. When I’m away I’m nearly always able to save any changes for when I’m back in my hotel room, where it’s less stressful, clean and quiet (well, unless the kids are with me!).
Are there any downsides for using the OrganiCup when you’re travelling?
If you can’t time the change for when you’re back at your accommodation it can be a bit annoying as you need to remove it, empty it and re-insert it and often there isn’t a sink in the toilet cubicle, so it can be tricky. However, I think it can be just be as difficult changing a pad or tampon in a public loo and apart from one time, I think I’ve always managed to time it right.
Why is better to use a period cup?
The cup can contain more liquid than 3 super tampons, so you don’t have to change it as often as a tampon or towel and you can go to bed without fear of leaking.
It doesn’t contain any chemicals so it’s not drying.
It’s better for the environment and certified with the Vegan Society.
It’s more cost-effective. One cup generally lasts two – three years!
How do you use a menstrual cup?
When your period arrives you simply put it inside you. You can wear it for up to 12 hours. At that point (or before if you’d prefer or depending on your flow), remove it and empty it, then reinsert as and when until your period finishes.
For more detailed instructions, follow this step-by-step;
- Boil the cup for 3-5 minutes.
- Wash your hands with clean water and a mild soap, as well as the cup before inserting.
- Fold the cup. There are loads of different techniques and you’ll figure out what works best for you.
- Choose a position! Again, there are loads so it’s what works best for you and depends on where you are – sit on the loo, stand up, lie down etc.
- Insert the folded menstrual cup and once the entire cup is inside of you, simply remove your fingers and let it pop open.
When you want to empty it, you just pull it out and empty the contents in the loo, give it a wash or a wipe and then reinsert.
For more detailed instructions, follow this step-by-step;
- Wash your hands with clean water and a mild soap
- Pull slightly on the stem until you can reach the base and pull it out
- Empty it into the loo or sink, rinse with warm water and reinsert. If you don’t have access to water you can use an OrganiCup wipe or toilet paper in the interim.
Does it hurt?
No, not even in the slightest in my opinion. I really hate tampons and find them so uncomfortable. I always thought I must have been using them incorrectly, until I read that the they actually soak up natural moisture and unsettle your natural pH balance. Then it didn’t seem such a surprise.
The OrganiCup is really comfortable even on light days. Once it’s in I can’t feel it and carry on with whatever I’m doing.
Is a period cup hygienic?
Yep. Before you use it you need to steralise it and once your period has finished you steralise it again (simply in boiling water). During your period you just rinse it with water.
The OrganiCup is made of 100% FDA approved medical grade silicone.
How often do you replace it?
It’s suggested every two -three years.
How much does it cost?
It comes in two sizes – A and B. B is recommended for people who have given birth vaginally.
OrganiCup Voucher Codes and Promos
At the time of writing, you can get a second one for free on the OrganiCup website. They often run discount codes and promos.
What’s the best menstrual cup?
There are quite a few period cups on the market. You’ve probably heard of the Diva Cup or the Moon Cup. The reason I chose the OrganiCup is because it didn’t seem gimmicky. I immediately felt comfortable with the brand and its ethos; easier, healthier, smarter. Month after month.
I think I’ve covered everything, but if you have a question feel free to get in touch.
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I was gifted my OrganiCup. I’ve been using it for over half a year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.