Everything you need to know about the Lunette Menstrual Cup, how to wear it, how to prevent leaks, the eco-friendly & body safe benefits & MORE!
Never have I been so excited to get my period as I was in the beginning of this month, after receiving my pink Lunette Menstrual Cup in the mail. Menstrual cups or “period cups” first came on my radar about a year & a half ago, after health & wellness guru, Lee From America shared why she switched over to using one. Since then, a cup has been something that I was dying to give a try. I mean what’s better than a reusable, eco-friendly, cost efficient, low maintenance way to deal with your period every month?! So after a TON of research, multiple brand & sizing quizzes, I decided that Lunette was the leading brand when it came to the best menstrual cup on the current market.
Growing up, I never really heard of someone using a menstrual cup…
You see them by the tampons in Walmart, but I never considered them to be an option! Cup use really isn’t talked about & I also think there’s a bit of assumed anxiety that comes with them! After I introduced Lunette on my IG stories, I got a lot of “how is it used” questions. That alone tells me that communication regarding cup use just isn’t prevalent! And if I’m being honest, I too, didn’t know much about menstrual cups before Lee shared her experience!
Knowing what I know now, I actually wish I had started using a cup WAY before this past month!
Prior to any menstrual cup knowledge, I considered pads & tampons to be my only option. And since I haven’t worn a pad since 6th grade, tampons have always been my go-to. But as I learn more & more about the toxic treatment & the pesticides sprayed on the cotton that makes up menstruation products like tampons & pads, I knew I wanted to move away from using them, which initiated my own personal interest in beginning to use a menstrual cup.
Another huge reason why I wanted to switch over to using a period cup is the immense impact they have on our environment! When you think about how many products like pads & tampons we use throughout our menstruating years, it adds up to be a whole heck of a lot! Not only do we spend money on these products monthly, but after we’re done with them, they most likely end up in landfills.
I’m really trying my best to become more mindful of my own personal carbon footprint & I’m really making an effort to make small changes in my daily life to do my part to help our beautiful Earth. Being so eco-friendly is another reason why I was initially drawn to Lunette. The silicone Lunette Menstrual Cup is zero-waste, eco-friendly, vegan, & can be burnt to ash when it’s time to get a new one after several years of use!
Even their packaging, can be composted…how cool, right??!
In all honesty, I think switching to a menstrual cup is a no-brainer in my opinion, if you are looking to #1 help the environment, #2 provide a better & safer option for your body, #3 save money, & #4 deepen your relationship with your cycle. I’ve found all four reasons to be spot on as I made the transition to using the Lunette Menstrual Cup. It was a seamless transition & I couldn’t be happier with my decision to do so.
I’ve read it takes about three cycles to really get familiar with the cup. Personally, it took me about three days. And within my cycle I only leaked once, but I quickly understood how it happened & what I needed to do differently to prevent further leaking. I’m not a fan of pads or anything like that, so I just went my full cycle fully reliant on the cup, & it was amazing. But if you are a period cup newbie, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if you wore a bit of “back up” while you’re still learning about the ins & outs of using a menstrual cup.
Now that I’ve finally started using a menstrual cup, I truly don’t see myself going back to using tampons.
Wearing a menstrual cup really allows you to see exactly what’s going on & will most likely make you become more in tune with your body & your cycle. I was actually shocked with how little blood filled my period cup (TMI?)…I had always assumed that I had a moderately heavy flow based on my tampon use. But it’s crazy to see actually how much your uterus releases. Tampons, I think, give the illusion that we bleed more than we actually do! Yet another reason why menstrual cups are amazing!
So I’m sure you may have a lot of questions regarding all things menstrual cups, so I did my best to outline a little Q&A regarding some of the most common questions I got regarding cup use!
Everything You Need to Know Using A Cup
Q: How do you use a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is used in the place of a tampon to collect the uterine lining released during your cycle. It is inserted into the vagina, similar to a tampon, by folding the cup. Once the cup is folded & inserted rim first, you’ll want it to be fully open to prevent leaking. Now this is going to call for you to get up close & personal, but it’s a fantastic way to get in tune with your cycle & your body! After insertion, you’ll want to use a finger to make sure the cup is open & flush against the walls of your vagina.
To remove the cup, you’ll want to get into a comfortable position & use your pelvic muscles to push the cup down. Then you’ll want to grab the bottom of the cup with your thumb & pointer finger. Gently squeeze the bottom of the cup, not the stem, & slowly pull the cup down until it’s outside of your body. Pulling on the stem may cause the stem to break or the contents to spill. Especially because the cup creates a suction while it is inside.
Watch a video about how to use a menstrual cup HERE!
Q: Is wearing a menstrual cup painful?
I did not experience any pain inserting or wearing my Lunette Menstrual Cup. And I believe you shouldn’t either if you are inserting it properly & if you are wearing the correct size for your body. Some cup users also find that wearing a cup is more comfortable after trimming the stem with scissors. But I didn’t feel like it was necessary to trim the stem of my cup.
Like a tampon, if you insert the menstrual cup properly, it shouldn’t cause any discomfort or pain.
Q: How far do you have to insert the cup?
The entire cup should be completely inside the lower part of your vagina, including the stem. Proper insertion may take some practice. You might find it easier to practice inserting the cup before your period begins, which is what I did!
Some menstrual cup users find that insertion is easier after a bit of all-natural lubricant is applied, but that solely depends on you own personal preferences & needs!
Q: How much is the Lunette Menstrual Cup?
Lunette Menstrual Cups are $39.99 USD – in my opinion, worth every penny! And since they last for several years, just think of all the money that you’ll be able to save! I know I’ve always spent at least $8 a month on period products, which equivalents $96 annually…& that’s just for 1 year!!
Shop Lunette Menstrual Cups HERE!
Q: How long does a period cup last?
Your Lunette Period Cup can last several years if taken care of properly!
Q: What’s the best way to prevent leaking?
The best way to prevent leaking is to make sure that the cup opens up the entire way after insertion. During my last cycle, I leaked once & I believe it was just because the cup wasn’t fully open. So I’d suggest playing around with different ways to fold the cup for better insertion.
Check out three ways to fold the cup HERE!
Q: How do you know what size to get?
Lunette offers cups in two sizes. I took a quiz in order to determine my correct size. My Lunette cup is a Size 1 & is a perfect fit.
Take the sizing quiz I took HERE!
Q: Can you workout & sleep with a cup in?
Yes you 100% can! You can do anything while wearing the menstrual cup! And if inserted properly, you won’t be able to feel a thing!
Q: How do you clean the Lunette Menstrual Cup?
After use, I pour the contents of the cup into the toilet & proceed to rinse the cup under cool water, making sure that everything is properly removed. After the initial rinse, I really love using the Lunette Feelbetter Menstrual Cup Cleanser to cleanse the cup before re-inserting it. The cleansing Lunette Cupwipes are also a great option if you don’t have access to a sink or the cleanser! Perfect for on the go!
Shop Lunette Cup Cleaners HERE!
Q: How long can you leave the cup in for?
You can leave the Lunette Menstrual Cup in for 12 hours, which is SO amazing & so convenient! I clean & change my cup about twice a day & that’s it!
Q: Is there an odor involved with using the cup?
There shouldn’t be any lingering odors if you cleanse & clean your cup properly after every use.
Q: How do you properly take care a Menstrual Cup?
Before & after your cycle, Lunette recommends that you sterilize your period cup in boiling water for 5-10 minutes to eliminate any odors, kill bacteria, & overall just keep the cup in the best condition for your next period. When I’m not using my cup, I love to store it in the adorable “Periods are Cool. Period.” satchel that came with my Lunette pink cup!
I hope this post was helpful to anyone who may be new to menstrual cup use or is thinking about making the switch! I was on the fence for over a year about the decision to ditch my tampons & I’m so happy I finally did.
Do you use a menstrual cup or are you on the fence about it like I was? Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments!
This post is made in collaboration with Lunette Cup.