first impression: lily cup
*disclaimer this post is about my first time using a lily cup, so it may be sensitive to some.
my new obsession is my lily cup. my first time using it was a couple of weeks ago, and below you will see how it went!
history: when i first got my period, i was using pads. hated them, but it was all i knew. then i think around 13 or 14, i taught myself how to use tampons. i know it was right before our annual family trip to disney world because i wasn’t going to let mother nature stop me for swimming. it wasn’t until the end of college when i realized there wasn’t any health information on tampons. i started posing questions like, “are tampons safe?” “are there any chemicals on the cotton?” “should i start using organic tampons?” i did a little research, but couldn’t come up with anything. time passed, and i learned about lily cups, but couldn’t find anyone who used them or knew anything about them, so i continued using tampons.
present day: late last year i met my now ex and she literally is a God sent. why? because she uses lily cups. i remember asking her every question imaginable, “what is it like?” “does it hurt?” “will i feel it?” “does it really work?” she assured me that everything will be ok.
this month: i tried the lily cup for the first time, and it wasn’t as bad as i thought. i thought i was going to get some practice in before mother nature came, but i didn’t. after following the instructions, i managed to get it partly in place and have it inserted for close to 4 hours. now i will say on the instructions, it says it last for up to 10 hours, but of course it depends on the flow. the only problem i had was inserting it correctly, which is probably another reason why i had to change it so frequently. maybe you’re wondering the following questions:
- what is a lily cup? a lily cup is a small, soft reusable cup made of medical grade silicone that collects contents during the menstrual cycle. they come in 4 different sizes, but i use the compact size a.
- how does it feel? for me, i didn’t feel it. i’m still working on positioning it correctly so that it can last longer than 4 hours.
- did it hurt inserting it? no. but, i will say i did have to use a water-based lubricant to place it.
- is it messy? well, it can be. one the first day, it was messy only because it was my first day. by the third day, i had it under control.
- what did i do when it was full? i slowly pulled it out, dumped the contents out, rinsed it off (if i could), then inserted it again.
- how did i clean the cup after my period was over? i rinsed it off with soap and water.
honestly, just like anything else, once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake. i’m very thankful for this product. i travel a lot and sometimes it can be a hassle traveling and buying tampons on the road. however, lily cups last a while and they’re reusable which is a huge plus. also, it is so much more convenient. honestly, i’m so glad i’m saving money and the environment with this product.
box including lily cup, container, and directions
container to hold lily cup
top of lily cup collapsed
bottom of lily cup collapsed
have you tried lily cups? what was your experience? let me know in the comments below!