Some of you might recall my previous experience with a menstrual cup the slightly dramatic episode of me not only flipping the cup into the toilet bowl, but also stimulating my vagus nerve and fainting.
This story has NONE of those dramatic scenarios, in fact, by comparison it's quite bland. I got my period, I used a cup, it was awesome the end. But for the sake of narrative entertainment, please let me set the scene, add a little humor and tell you just how much I love the JuJu Cup!
It was the day after Christmas, and I had been joking about Scarlet Eve and their tagline "Scarlet Eve, for the Festive Period". Normally, I'm super aware of my cycle, because I use natural fertility planning and sometimes the count down to my period is fraught with nervous anxiety (Please don't be pregnant, please don't be pregnant!!) This time however, I knew I wasn't fertile, I wasn't feeling at all amorous, and frankly, I had been busy with organizing Christmas.
Aunty Flo snuck in like an unwelcome visitor, staining my knickers, and turning my usual somewhat sane self into a raving harpy who demanded carbs and hot water bottles.
However, I had a JuJu cup sitting on my desk, in it's pretty purple bag. (Double sided satin no less, very spunky!) I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who keeps her cups on her desk to play with between periods, marveling at their springy flicky-ness, and trying to stick them to the desk like a suction cup. (If you're one of these people I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT 🙂 )
The JuJu cup differs completely from the Lunette, and frankly, my personal preference is leaning towards this cup for several reasons:
- It's squishier, but not so squishy that post baby pelvic floor muscles can't hold it in.
- The stem is smooth - and doesn't irritate my vulva if it pokes out a little
- It's easier to fold and insert (no toilet flipping incidents here!)
JuJu cups are made from a clear, medical grade silicone - their website states that until they understand the effects of dye in your body, they're going to stick with clear silicone. Fair call I say - I appreciate anyone who is trying to do the right thing for women's bodies. Thank you JuJu.
I'm an Australian - we have an extremely limited choice of cups available to us here, given that the TGA charges a ridiculous amount to pass menstrual cups for consumer safety (think around the $20k mark folks, and that's for each model and color you want to sell in Australia) The TGA do ensure the cup is safe for bodily use, and frankly, it's a big tick!
That said, I've tried a few other international models, and so far the JuJu is my personal favorite choice.