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This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience.
In my 20’s I liked to ponder the question, What is man’s greatest invention?
The answer was not sliced bread or the wheel. It was not the spaceship that first took man to the moon. My answer, sorry, was tampons.
I thought, Man, these things make my life easy! Those poor women squatting on rags really had a rough time of it. When I first got my period I was on the swim team at school. I never missed a practice. Life just kept on going; and I never missed a beat.
10 years later~ Enter the epiphany of what tampons are made from: bleached cotton.
This sustainably-minded girl switched to organic tampons; and all was right with the world once more.
Epiphany #2: Waste.
Can you imagine how many landfills are gorged with all the pads and tampons of American women? We consume.
Rags were starting to look pretty good. And then I found sea sponges. These are genuinely a great option.
But I never get used to having my period. Do you?
Menstruation is just an intense and gory business. I’m as hippie-meets-hunter as they come but all that blood never ceases to surprise me. (Have I lost all my male readers yet?) So when I heard about SckoonCup I was game to try one more natural menstruation solution. We can’t make the monthly drama go away; but can we reduce the drama?
I have used the cup for two cycles now and have some conclusions I’d like to share.
Firstly, I will continue to use both sea sponges and the SckoonCup. They compliment each other, each having their own strengths.
Here are the points where sea sponges fall short and SckoonCup is preferable:
- Sea sponges must be rinsed out and squeezed dry every time they fill up. What does this look like if you’re out and about? In a public restroom? It looks complicated and inconvenient. Even in public restrooms where you have a private room with a sink, the city water is chlorinated. The last thing our vaginas need is the elimination of good gut flora due to chlorine killing off the beautiful natural balance. The cup eliminates this problem. If it fills up, even in a public stall, it can be poured directly into the toilet and then replaced.
- When having a bowel movement (any men still with me here?) it is easy to push a sea sponge right out, or a tampon for that matter. The cup is suctioned in place and may bulge forward a bit; but it will not pop out.
- The cup is less likely to leak when it is full. You will know the cup is full because it weighs down and lowers inside your vagina. But it will not leak unless completely neglected. So you have a warning that gives you time to empty and replace it. Sea sponges and tampons just leak or overflow when they are full, sometimes suddenly.
- It is safe to keep the cup inside you for 12 full hours, or overnight. There is reduced risk of toxic shock syndrome because the blood is gathering in a receptacle.
- If you ever struggle with yeast infections the cup will keep you drier. Added moisture, even blood, can be a haven for invasive pathogens.
- The sponge, or a tampon, can get wet during urination, even when you think it’s positioned up high by your cervix. With the SckoonCup this will never be an issue: it is not made of absorbent material.
- It is fascinating to see how much blood our bodies actually produce. With tampons and sponges you never fully realize how many tablespoons of uterine lining your body is shedding. I like with the cup that I can actually quantify this process.
Are there any drawbacks to the SckoonCup and why continue using the sea sponges as well?
- During the heaviest part of my cycle the cup fills up quickly. When the cup gets weighed down with blood, it can lower inside you and becomes less comfortable. For this reason, I prefer using the sponges during the 1-2 heaviest days of menstruation and the cup the rest of the time. This may not be an issue for everyone. I have no way of knowing how much blood I produce compared to someone else. I can say, for myself, that I have very heavy bleeding for 1-2 out of 7 days.
- During the follicular stage of one’s period, from the onset of bleeding until ovulation, there are 1-2 days for most women when the cervix is in its lowest position. The cup is not as comfortable during this time, because it can’t placed up as high. The lower position of the cervix usually coincides with the heaviest flow. So it is the same 1 or 2 days of my cycle mentioned above when I choose to use the sea sponge instead.
The rest of SckoonCup’s features can also be read about on their website. They are made from medical grade silicone and spent 3 years in design based on feedback from hundreds of women. They are easy to insert and remove, with an excellent pictorial instruction manual included.
Plus, they are made in two sizes for women who have or haven’t given birth; and they are made in the USA.
Each SckoonCup lasts for two years which really helps reduce waste and saves you money!
To learn even more about SckoonCup, and get your own, click here.