I tried a menstrual cup for the first time! Zero-waste resolution

Did you know that an average woman uses about 12,000 pads in her lifetime? (source)

My less-waste decision started a few years ago when I embraced a minimalist lifestyle. It all started with curbing my shopaholic habit (Why I become a minimalist), then to decluttering my whole life! (just-in-case stuff & stop buying stuff), then to reducing my waste as my 2018 resolution!

So…one of my resolution is…try the menstrual cup! I did it last year in September for the very first time and my thought of it is….so stressful!!! Hahaha… Here, in this post, I’m just going to share my first-time experience. I’m still learning how to use it properly and confidently. I wrote this post in the hope that it might encourage someone who wanted to try out the cup too but was afraid and did not have anyone to share the “fear and burden” with. Here’s my story.

So what happened on my first time?

1 – I have no idea where “exactly” is my vagina opening.

As I’ve always been a pad-kind of girl, I have never use a tampon. The menstrual cup is exactly the thing I need to be up close and personal with my body. The moment when I try inserting the cup in, fearing the pain that might come, exploring my “down region”…it was almost like a spiritual journey, ha! It feels so foreign but so liberating at the same time because I was going to know myself so closely.

2 – Trying to relax in the midst of trial.

When you don’t relax your muscles, that thing ain’t gonna go in, girl.

I push it in. Just a heads-up, my whole body felt this weird sensation as it passes the “barrier” (the opening). I was shocked so once it cup enters, I let go of my fingers. Darn it! Because I supposed to push it in until I can’t feel the stem of the cup. So I slipped my fingers in again trying to push it in. I think I was so tensed that it just wouldn’t budge!
With my fingers still inside my vagina, holding the base of the cup, I say to myself out loud “relax…relax…”. Then I try it again. It got better.

The punch-down method

3 – Time to take it out!

I seriously have no idea how to take them out. I was lucky because I didn’t have to reach too far in to feel the menstrual cup. I then try to pull the base, as what I’ve read online. No, it did not move. I try pulling the stem, it was hard. I tried harder. It gradually comes down then pop! Oh what a surprise attack! It hurts. Darn it. And my bathroom floor is like a crime scene. Gosh.

It was for the first time, I get to look at my menstrual blood, up close and wow it was not watery and not as much as I imagine. You don’t get that nasty odour as when you’re wearing a pad because the bad odour only happens when your blood is in contact with oxygen. So, your menstrual blood just smells like…blood. If you like really go close and smell it. Hmm…haha!

Press the base

4 – It’s okay to rest and try again.

I don’t know about others, but I struggle to put it back in. I felt a slight pain (which is very normal for first-timer). I was feeling tense again. At the end, I say “this is for mother nature”, and I give myself another try.

But to be honest, after several times, I stop. I feel my down area couldn’ take another try. It feels kinda traumatic down there haha! So, I use pads for the remaining days of that period cycle.

I think it’s really important to just start, in whatever you want to achieve, but it’s even more important not to give up. Many menstrual cup users said that it has a steep learning curve. So, don’t beat yourself if you messed up the first time, you feel like you didn’t insert it properly, etc. I still feel the stem poking out of my vagina!

We’re all work in progress. We’re all trying. Learn to appreciate the process.

Mine is Freedom Cup. They work on a buy-1, give-1 scheme where every cup purchased allows them to give a cup to a woman in an underprivileged community. 

I’ve come so far from a simple idea that I don’t want to be part of the problem. Our small act may look like it ain’t gonna save the world. But I still strongly believe that we can do a small part in this big community. There is a quote, I’m not sure if this is truly from Mother Teresa but it doesn’t matter because it’s a good one –
“If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean”.
It means we have to be responsible for what we do in this life. We can do better each time, one step at a time, and never give up.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

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