Let's talk about our periods for a moment, ladies. I jumped in with no issues using reusable products for my children. But there was always something holding me back from trying to turn my period from red to green. After my first son, I went from being a tampon user to just using pads. Tampons were no longer comfortable for me and I assumed the cup wouldn't work out as well either. However, after hearing so many talk about how much they've really loved the switch, I figured I should give it a shot. I reached out to Lunette to bring you all a review and giveaway for a Lunette cup!
They sent me a free product for review. All opinions are my own and I am in no way compensated (beyond the free product) for this review!
Let's start out with what exactly is a menstrual cup. The Lunette cup is a user-friendly, safe, reusable, and eco-logical alternative to pads and tampons. Not only is the Lunette better for the environment, but it saves you from having to dish out money for tampons and pads that you just toss in the trash. It's pretty basic. You just fold, insert like a tampon (adjust when necessary) and you're good to go! You won't ever have to worry about running out of your menstrual products again. You can keep the Lunette in it's little pouch and keep it in your purse when you're close to having your cycle. It doesn't take up much room and you don't have to worry about that annoying crinkling sound of the paper that pads and tampons come wrapped in.
The Lunette Menstrual cup is made of medical-grade silicone (in Finland). It's odorless, safe and does not contain rubber latex. Not only is it affordable and eco-logical, but it is good for you, your purse and the planet! And with the proper care, your Lunette will be with you for years. It's a great sanitary and healthy alternative to disposable tampons and pads. It's also very easy to use, practical and comfortable. It should be emptied about two to four times a day and can easily be used overnight!
Here's what you need to know before beginning to use your Lunette cup! First, always wash your hands when handling your cup. You'll be putting the cup in your vagina, so hygiene is pretty important when handling your Lunette. Then you need to check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open. Once you've done that, you'll want to clean your Lunette by washing it with water and a mild soap. Then comes the fun part you guys. Grab a large pot of water and by my personal suggestion, a wire whisk and follow these directions. Start boiling your water then add your Lunette cup and boil the cup for 20 minutes! Here's where the whisk comes into play. You don't want your cup touching the bottom or sides of the pot because you'll end up burning it. The whisk will keep your cup from touching the pot! After that, you're ready to begin using your cup.
Inserting the cup is fairly simple. After washing your hands, get comfy. You can insert your cup while standing, sitting or squatting and spreading your legs will help with a successful and comfortable insertion. So make sure you're relaxed. Fold the cup in on itself to make it flat. Then fold it in half so that it makes a "C" shape. This technique may take a little time to master, so don't feel discouraged if you don't immediately get the hang of it. Keep the cup rolled up and guide it rim-first into your vagina. Now to make sure you're cup has fully opened, you'll want to slide a clean finger up next to the cup and feel all the way around it. Your Lunette should be emptied about 2-4 times a day but can be used at night for up to 12 hours. The measuring lines on the cup help you monitor your flow and learn your rhythm.
When it's time to remove and empty your cup, be sure to wash your hands and relax your muscles. You need to break the seal which can be done by squeezing the bottom ridged portion of the cup until you feel the suction release. Grasp the bottom of the cup tightly with your forefinger and thumb and rock it back and forth. Gently ease your cup out. You want to be sure you're not pulling it out by holding the stem alone. Then you just empty your cup into the toilet, rinse and repeat.
As far as cleaning and sanitizing goes, you'll want to clean your cup before and after every cycle. Along with cleaning it after emptying it. To avoid odor and discoloration, rinse first in cold water then wash with hot water and soap. Be sure you're using very mild soap with no perfume or oils. You can also get the Lunette FeelBetter Liquid Wash, designed specifically for your silicone cup! If you're worried that this sounds intimidating, don't! Your Lunette will come with a little instructional paper that you can keep handy while you're getting used to using your cup.
I've been using my cup for a few cycles now and while it has definitely seemed like a learning curve for me, I'm glad that we have this option. To be able to switch to a reusable menstrual product after using disposable products for so long has been such a welcomed change!
Now for the fun part! Lunette has graciously offered to give one of my readers one Lunette cup in their choice of size and color! Please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Be sure to head over to my Facebook page and give it a like so I can continue to bring you fun giveaways! (Giveaway is open worldwide!)
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