Ever wondered what it's like to use a menstrual cup? Menstrual cups may not be for everyone; however, for many people, they are an absolute life changer. Our business development manager Alanna has the rundown on what her cycle is like using a menstrual cup (and she says it's straightforward!).

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I use a mobile app to track my cycle, so I usually know when my period is due, and it typically comes first thing in the morning. I can sterilise my cup the night before and have it ready for when my period arrives. In the morning, at the first sign of blood, I pop the cup in, make sure it is sealed, and off I go for the day.

My first day is light, and I can get by without changing the cup throughout the day. When I have a shower in the evening, I remove my cup, empty the blood down the drain, give it a good rinse and pop it back in. Come morning, I get up, make my coffee, give the cup a chance to take in the morning flood, then pop to the toilet and empty it, rinse it under the tap and re-insert for the day.

Day 2 and 3 for me are usually my heavier days. Very occasionally, I empty the cup around midday when I don't think I am going to get through the full day. If I know I'm on a heavy day and won't have a chance to empty the cup throughout the day, I stick a pair of Oriana undies on as back up, just in case. In saying this, though, I rarely need to empty the cup throughout the day. I use a regular size cup, and I've only had one situation where I leaked significantly, which was due to an unexpected horrifically heavy day.

Whether I'm at work, going for a run, out with friends, swimming, hiking or just lounging at home, my cup routine doesn't really change… except for when I forget that I have my period (yes the cup makes me forget) and realise I'm overdue for emptying the cup!

You may ask….

Was it this simple the first time you used it?
No, the first time I used a cup, I used one that was too small and leaked everywhere. When I then tried a larger one, I didn't get a good seal and leaked again. I persisted though, and after a couple of goes, I had the hang of it and have never looked back. I would highly recommend having a couple of pairs of Eve or Oriana undies on hand to use as back up for the first couple of cycles.

What about the blood! Isn’t it a bit ick removing the cup and emptying it?

Menstruation is such a normal, natural process, and we should not be afraid of the blood we bleed. Whether you use a cup, menstrual undies tampons or pads, you are going to see blood and get some on you. Try and focus on the benefits of the cup, you will quickly get used to pouring the blood out.

What if I get an unpredictable period out and about and can't sterilise my cup?
The most important thing you can do to help with this situation is to sterilise your cup at the end of every cycle, then store it in the bag provided. When you get stuck out and about and can't sterilise your cup before use, give your cup a thorough wash in some hot soapy water, give it a good rinse and sterilise it when you get home. Alternatively, you can store a pack of Accalia menstrual pads in your bag and always be prepared for that first day.

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I'm scared my cup may leak...
There are many reasons this may happen, don’t panic, we will run through some possibilities and resolutions below. Until you get the leaks under control we suggest wearing a pair of Accalia Underwear or an Accalia Menstrual Pad with your cup.

What could cause this:

  • Residual Blood - When you insert your Accalia Cup there will be some residual blood in the vagina, you may be able to wipe this away, otherwise pop on your favourite pair of Accalia underwear or use an Accalia Menstrual Pad to catch the residual blood.
  • Not sealed or cup not opened - When you insert your Accalia Cup you need to ensure it is fully opened, below your cervix and sealed in place. To test the cup is open, run a finger around the edge then give a little tug on the base to make sure it is sealed in place, it won't be easy to move down if it is sealed correctly.
  • Position - Your cervix should be above the menstrual cup opening. Sometimes your Accalia cup can slide up beside your cervix, remove and re-insert it in the correct position below the cervix if this happens.
  • Size - Perhaps your cup isn't quite the right fit, everyone has different shaped anatomy. A general rule of thumb, the S cup is for women who are less than 25 years and have not given birth. For all other women, we recommend the L cup.
  • Empty the cup more often - If you are finding your Accalia cup is leaking after a few hours (or more) of use, perhaps you need to empty your cup more frequently.

Can I swim with my Accalia cup?
Yes! Accalia Cups create a seal once inserted correctly so you can rest assured that you won't have a shark sniffing you out in the ocean.

What if I need to urinate or have a bowel movement?
You can still urinate on your period without any issues. Sometimes with a bowel movement, a cup can move or feel more difficult due to pressure from pelvic muscles. If you choose to go to the toilet with your cup in be sure to check your cup is still in place when you are done.

How long will my Accalia cup last?
Provided your Accalia cup is well looked after it will last for approximately ten years. If you currently use the S cup and have vaginal childbirth, you may need to go to the L cup.

What are Accalia cups made from?

Accalia cups are made from Medical-grade silicone. What is it you may ask? Medical-grade silicone is biocompatible meaning it can be safely worn in the body. It is also hypoallergenic, free from plastics, latex, toxins and bleaches so you can rest assured you won't have any harmful chemicals in your body.

Menstrual cups are the way to go if you're looking to transition from tampons to a more environmentally-friendly option.

Any other questions you may have could be found on our Accalia Menstrual Cup FAQ page.
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