What is this funny little cup and what do you do with it? That was the most common reaction I received when posting a picture of my blue Fun Cups from Fun Factory. A MedAmour favorite, I could only expect the highest quality caliber of sexual health products.
I was thrilled to see Fun Factory making menstrual cups that are not only shaped correctly, but are gender neutral (“Diva Cup”can be triggering for some) and come in different sizes. For those of you that don’t know, a menstrual cup is a replacement for tampons and pads. Neatly put into your vagina and cupping your cervix, the cup catches all blood and can be left in for 12 hours at a time. It’s healthier, more sanitary, and provides an easy clean up (takes a few times to do right, but don’t worry).
It’s no secret that typical tampons in grocery stores have harmful chemicals that can actually make cramps worse, or even cause certain cancers. Pads… well, let’s not get started there. They are basically adult diapers at best, and don’t do much in terms of cleanliness! There have been alternatives like organic tampons and special period underwear, but why not eliminate all this mess with just one cup to use every time?
I doubted the menstrual cup originally. Having tried the Diva Cup a year ago, I originally threw it away because the shape and design was incredibly uncomfortable- in my opinion, it wasn’t made to fit vaginal canals properly.
With Fun Factory making incredible sex toys, I would expect nothing less from their menstrual cup. The shape alone tells you that they had vaginas and function in mind, vs trying to stick in a rigid cup and trying to make it work. Made of the softest silicone that is used in their toys, it dominates the plastic feel of my previous experience.
The pack comes with two menstrual cups, one bigger and one slightly smaller. What I truly can’t get over is the packaging, and the LOADS of information inside of it. From the technology behind the cup, its benefits, and a very good instructional on how to actually use it- I don’t think it could have been any clearer that this cup might be the end all to my menstrual struggles.
Having a very light flow (1-3 days max), I wasn’t sure if a menstrual cup would even be necessary in my case. Given the flow is light, I also have to move away from tampons since there simply isn’t enough blood to soak one- this often times leaves me feeling dry, scratched up, and restricted in my movements. A pad isn’t an option because I go commando 90% of the time, sorry folks.
As instructed, I put a small amount of lube on the cup for insertion and folded it into position. Now, putting this cup in for the first time is like rocket science- you have no idea what the hell you are doing. They told me to insert as far as possible, and see if I could feel my cervix to make sure the cup has expanded properly inside of me.
Yes thats right, feel my cervix: If you haven’t felt your cervix lately, you are going to LEARN. I found the easiest way for me to insert the cup was in a squatting position, as it dropped my cervix much closer to my vaginal opening. It takes some maneuvering to get the cup to unfold, but that wonderful little tip at the end of the cup is so easy to grip and help adjust. After I had inspected my entire vagina and couldn’t feel my Cervix, I felt secure to go (and super familiar with my insides).
After standing up, I was so surprised to feel absolutely nothing! Usually when you put in a tampon, you can easily identify that there is something inside of you. Since this neat little cup sits on your cervix, your vagina isn’t being bothered at all. I mean, it also helps that Fun Factory has the softest silicone ever- a complete 180 experience to the diva cup.
Being the daring gal I am, I even wore a thin grey dress with no underwear to see if there would be leakage on this thing. I was lucky that I inserted it properly, because there was zero signs of blood during my dinner and hot tubbing date with friends.
I wanted to remove the cup and observe what it was all about, so to the shower I went. Again, I had to power squat to feel the silicone tip and pull it out- it sits very far up, for good reason! Long behold, the magic: the blood neatly sitting at the bottom of the cup, with absolutely no mess around it. I drained the blood, washed the cup, and reinserted with a little more lube!
Yesterday, I wore the cup for 12 hours and didn’t feel it or even think about it. It was such a relief to not worry about tampons, leakage, or dying from toxic shock syndrome. I also want to note that I haven’t had ANY cramps using the fun cups, while I will usually feel intense menstrual cramps while using tampons. The cup fits easily into my toiletry bag, making it a staple for my travels, adventures, and day to day life.
I 100% will not be going back to traditional menstrual products- it is such a waste of money, time, and health. The future is now, and these fun cups aren’t here to play- they will change your life!