Using a Menstrual Cup for the First Time was a bit scary for me. I wasn’t sure how to use a menstrual cup and was full of worries. I was worried it would fly out at an inappropriate time, get stuck, be messy and be painful. However, I am determined to master cup use and increase my reusable menstrual product arsenal to include both cups and reusable menstrual pads. I have been ready, with my Cups, and was just waiting for my cycle. My family was planning a vacation and I took them along just in case. Turns out, Aunt Flow wanted to go to the beach too! I had my first cup use experience via hotel, beach and out on the boardwalk. I learned how to use a menstrual cup for swimming and I’m convinced that if I can do it in this setting, anyone can! Here’s my experience, some tips, words of encouragement and advice:
As I stood on the beach, I looked out over the ocean and wondered if there were sharks in the water. I imagined my cup flying out, releasing the menstrual blood and attracting a swarm of sharks to my location. Menstrual cup shark bait?! Then, I remembered that it didn’t come out easily when I wanted it to and started to walk into the water. I hoped it wouldn’t shoot out like one of those champagne party poppers from the fireworks store. Luckily, it didn’t and my confidence grew even more. I left it in for 4 hours this time, walked the boardwalk and even went out to dinner with my family. I was so busy that I forgot about it and eagerly waited to inspect it when we returned to our room.
ear. While I did have some blood on my suit, I realized that this was because there was already some on the equipment from when my cycle started and I have a nice collection of cloth pads going to wear as overflow protection.