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Ruby Cup Menstrual Cup (Tried and Tested)

Monday, June 15, 2015


Last month I received my 'Ruby Cup' in the post and I have been counting down the days til I got to test it out. Yeah, it's a little weird waiting patiently for my period to start, but I've wanted to test a menstrual cup out for quite a while now. I've heard so much about them and I honestly believe that they are the future.

First things first - choosing the right menstrual cup. There are so many companies that provide menstrual cups online, but for me personally, 'Ruby Cup' was the one. It was this particular quote that won me over;

"We sell menstrual cups based on the 'Buy One, Give One' concept. Every Ruby Cup purchase in industrial countries cross-subsidizes the price of a Ruby Cup for a girl in Africa. We distribute the menstrual cups in collaboration with local organisations in Eastern Africa. It is also possible to simply donate a Ruby Cup to a girl."



My cup arrived in this pretty and pink package just a few days after ordering it online. When I opened it, the cup itself was stored inside a little linen bag. The bag contained my menstrual cup and an instruction booklet. Mt first impressions of the cup itself was relief. It was as giant as I had pictured it and the silicone was soft and bouncy.

Inserting the Ruby Cup

Inserting the cup for the first time was my biggest issue. I had read that the most popular folding method was the 'C Shape' method. I tried it a number of times but the pain was too much. I did some more research and tried other folding techniques. Eventually, I tried the 'Punch and Fold' technique and bingo! I had absolutely no problems with inserting it and experienced no pain. It is very important to find the appropriate folding technique that suits you, as I have experienced, not all of them will.

I was a little surprised at how comfortable the Ruby Cup was. In comparison to a tampon, I actually found it a lot more relaxed. I could hardly feel that it was there. I find tampons to be very dry and painful at first, so I usually tend to avoid them. That brings me to pads. I've spent the last 8 years using them and I despise them. They're uncomfortable, constantly need changing, annoying and a pain in the backside when it comes to emergencies.

Pros

  • Saves money. A lot of money. One Ruby Cup can last for up to 10 years (with proper care of course). 
  • Unlike tampons, no chances of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) which could literally kill you. Yes, you heard me, kill you. Menstrual cups can stay in place for up to 12 hours, meaning you aren't rushing to change between every school or work break.
  • Dodge nasty chemicals. The cups themselves are made from 100% medical grade silicone (and they are eco-friendly!)
  • Ruby Cup offer the 'Buy One, Give One' concept. Click here for me info.
  • Leak free. Unlike pads or tampons, the menstrual cup uses a suction method that does not allow any blood to flow past the cup itself. I'm still not risking white pants, though. 
  • Sizing. Menstrual cups come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and each one if different to support YOU and your needs!
Cons
  • Blood. At first, it's a little weird seeing so much of your own (period) blood sitting in a tiny little cup. If you're easily grossed out, it's going to scare you a little bit. After time, it can become quite fascinating as technically you're getting to know your own body. 
  • Removing the cup. If not removed correctly, this can cause a lot of pain to your vagina. Trust me. I found this really helpful video on YouTube that gave great advice. I have no problems with removing the cup now. Watch it here.
  • Getting comfortable with your vagina. The process of using a menstrual cup is a little more complicated than inserting and removing a tampon, and it does involve getting to know your body. You're going to be using your menstrual cups a number of times throughout your cycle, so it's important you are comfortable with all the messy business. It does take practice and over time it will become much easier. 
So there you have it - the menstrual cup! I honestly would recommend this product to every girl and I will certainly be persuading my friends to purchase one. Of course, it's a little unusual and scary, but only because it's new. I guarantee within a number of years more and more women will be using menstrual cups. Join the community today!

If you are considering buying a menstrual cup, I really recommend 'Ruby Cup.' Like I've said before, they're different compared to other companies as they are making a positive change globally and they depend on your purchases to support girls in Africa. If you would like to learn more about Ruby Cup, visit their website - http://www.ruby-cup.com/

- KVL xo





17 comments on "Ruby Cup Menstrual Cup (Tried and Tested)"
  1. im glad people actually post about this stuff, its very inflormational

    xx
    Tyana
    cityofglitter.com

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  2. That's awesome, I wanted to try something similar called the Diva Cup a few months back but I was too scared. Ruby Cup sounds so cool though!

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  3. I considered trying it but as I am not doing very well seeing blood it might not be an ideal product for me

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  4. I have heard so much about this cup but never tried it. According to your post it sounds very easy and helpful, I might have to give it a go. You are very formal and diligent in the way of describing this product and it sounds very suitable for any woman to try. Thank you for sharing!

    Wish you a wonderful Wednesday

    xx Celia from http://brandobeauty.uk

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  5. Thanks for going where other people won't! This post was so helpful. I actually saw an ad for them when I was at the doctor the other day and kept meaning to look it up but kept forgetting. Thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  6. Wow it's great that they send them to girls in Africa! I don't know if i'm brave enough to try this yet but this is the most informative post I've read on them. Well done!

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  7. im glad people actually post about this stuff, its very inflormational

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  8. Just stopped by to wish you a nice weekend. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  9. That's a really interesting post! Thanks for sharing.
    xx
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  10. I love this. Amazing post!

    I don't think periods and things are talked about enough on blogs. Every girl goes through it!!

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  11. interesting post I have heard of similar cups before but never tried #ukbloggers Mummy2Monkeys

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  12. Wow... I've never heard of anything like this before.


    Amber
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  14. My friend has been telling me about this! She says how good it is for the environment cause you don't need to be throwing so many pads! This is a wonderful post! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog, always returning the support
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  15. woow I dont know how I feel about menstrual cup
    I would be a little overwhelmed staring at the blood in a cup
    thanks for sharing this at least you've given women an insight

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  16. The amount of honestin the post is actually amazing! It takes guts to post about something like this - this personal! Despite it sounding like such a good idea I think I'm personally going to give this one a miss, maybe in a few years though!:)

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