By Andrina Adams
I’ve been using menstrual cups since July 2013, and they’re AWESOME! They’re definitely better than the pads and tampons I used for umpteen years.
Just when I thought period protection couldn’t get any better, I was blessed with the opportunity to try a Lunette Cup…and it was A GAME CHANGER. Before I share why, here are a few facts about the cup in case you’re not familiar with it:
– Up to 12 hours of leak-free protection
– Can’t be felt when inserted correctly
– Can be worn overnight
– Not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)
– Menstrual flow is captured and held in the cup until you remove and empty it — which means no scent
– It’s reusable, which makes it environment and budget-friendly
* Can last up to 10 years with proper care and use
* One-time cost is around $40 online (including here at www.bepreparedperiod.com), which can save you more than $100 per year.
My Personal Experience with Lunette Cup
I used the Lunette Cup for the first time two periods ago. From the start, I could tell it was quite different from other brands. Here’s why:
– It’s sturdier;
– It’s easier to clean since the air holes are slightly larger, the inside is completely smooth, and the stem is solid (as opposed to hollow); and last, but not least,
– The cup popped open with minimal effort and didn’t require the usual twists and turns.
The First Try (aka Trial # 1)
This is definitely not a “love at first use” story. I experienced a serious learning curve thoroughout that first period. For instance, I discovered that insertion methods used for one brand’s cup may not work so well with others. There was also the discovery that the stem could cause serious discomfort unless I trimmed it…a few times. Last, but not least, was the lovely proof that improper insertion / placement really could result in leaks. Ugh!
Thankfully, when I shared my woes with Be Prepared Period’s Tara Bruley (the site’s wonderful founder), she provided tips on different insertion methods that could make a difference. Due to this and glowing product reviews from others, I decided to give the cup another chance.
How I Fell in Love (aka Trial # 2)
When my next period started, I grabbed the cup, trimmed its stem down to the very last guide line, and used the “Punch down” fold (aka “Shell” fold) before insertion. After that, I checked every few hours to see if there were any leaks, and there weren’t any. Yay! Success!
Here’s how things went during the rest of my period:
– I made it the full 12 hours with no leaks on days 1 and 3 – 7.
– On day 2, my heaviest flow day, I only had to empty the cup at 8-hour intervals.
– It took a lot less time than it did with other cups to complete the whole removal–reinsertion process. Woo-hoo!!!
– Really, REALLY LOVED how quick and easy it was to clean the cup, especially the air holes. Heck… I didn’t even feel the need to switch to disposable cups for my light days (as I had in the past) to avoid hassle.
– Last, but not least, I kept forgetting I was on my period. Why? Because I didn’t have to worry about leaks, didn’t have to empty the cup as often as pad/tampon changes, couldn’t feel the cup inside me, and didn’t have to alter my schedule or activites.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m still very fond of the other cups I’ve tried; but, this one’s my favorite! It has definitely earned “Super Drina’s Seal of Approval!” 🙂
If you want to learn more about Lunette Cups, please check-out Be Prepared Period and Lunette Cup’s sites.
Thanks for reading my review. Hopefully, it inspired you to research the product (or another menstrual cup) to make your life easier. You deserve it!