Southern Mom Loves: Lunette Menstrual Cup Review and a Discount Code

Lunette Menstrual Cup Review and a Discount Code

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lunette Menstrual Cup
Source: Be Prepared Period
I have to tell you guys about something that completely changed the way I handle my menstrual cycle. I used to dread it because I bled so heavily during the first 2 days that I would have to change my Extra Super tampon on the hour. At the grocery store, at the movie theater, at a restaurant, at the lake; I would have to plan my activities around my cycle because WHAT IF THERE WAS NO BATHROOM!!! It felt like back in the days when my daughter was an infant/toddler and I had to plan everything in short bursts. I was babysitting my vagina, y'all.

[Segue: In hindsight, this sounds like an amazing excuse and I may use it forever in place of "I'm washing my hair." Example: "I'm sorry Ms. Brown, I can't come out immediately and help with your bake sale because I'm babysitting my vagina. Thanks for calling last minute though." If anybody wants to use this, feel free, but please let me know in the comments ;) ]

The menstrual cup: I had heard of them, but when I pictured using it, I pictured an upside-down diaphragm; you know, the birth control from way back, full of blood, and with quite a bit of digging. "What if I'm in a public bathroom?" Gross. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Then, I ran across a blog post about using one. Hearing a personal account helped dispel the fears I had. "Look, it's got a little handle! So...you just empty it out and there's no waste? Nothing in your trashcans? And WHAT??? It holds more than a tampon? You change it less?!" They're billed as the "easy-to-use, healthier alternative to tampons." I decided I needed to try this.

A little research told me that there were a few different brands. I tried the Lunette. Non-disposable menstrual cups come in 2 sizes: 
"Model 1 is recommended for light to medium flow or for ladies who have never had sexual intercourse...Model 1 is made from softer silicone than model 2.
Model 2 is our bestseller, it's recommended for medium to heavy flow...Made from a firmer silicone than model 1."

Here is some actual factual from Be Prepared Period:
"The Lunette menstrual cup is a tampon alternative that is healthier for your body, better for the environment and makes a smaller dent in your pocketbook.
  • Easy to use. Just fold, insert like a tampon and it collects blood rather than absorbs it. You empty it rather than change it — a little bit different. By the way, every Lunette comes with its own satin storage pouch.
  • Safer. Tampons have been linked to a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Unlike tampons, the Lunette menstrual cup doesn’t absorb moisture. Unlike pads, Lunette will not cause sweating. Made from soft medical grade silicone (not rubber latex).
  • Better for nature. Menstrual cups are simply washed and reused. Since using a menstrual cup requires less changing than tampons, they create zero waste. No plastic applicators, wrappers or bio-waste from used tampons and pads. That's nice for the earth!
  • Save money. The average woman spends $48-84 every year on tampons and pads. Buy The Lunette once and use it for years! In the first two years, you'll save $56-128."

And I had never considered that it might eliminate the risk of TSS; I thought that was a risk that menstruating women had to live with. How many women have worried if their cold or Flu symptoms were actually TSS? How many know of someone who died of TSS? Scary thought that your tampons might kill you.

Lunette Menstrual Cup Review and a Discount Code
Source: Be Prepared Period

My experience:
I got my cup in the mail (green!); It came with a little satin storage bag and instructions for use & cleaning. No problem, crystal clear. When I tried it out for the first time, it took a couple of tries to get it to sit right, but once I mastered that I never had that problem again. It was comfortable; I couldn't feel it at all. The stem sticking out of the bottom irritated me in the first month, but it wasn't terrible and my body got used to it. There was no digging to remove it; grab the stem and tilt it a little to break the seal, then tip it into the toilet. Cleaning it is easy and mess-less. I remove mine in the shower, wash it, and reinsert it. When my period is over, I clean and dry it and store it in its pouch. I have had to empty it in a public restroom. In that case, you can empty it and wipe it out with toilet tissue and reinsert it. Problem solved.

The biggest and best thing for me? I could go around 4 hours during my worst days without emptying it!!!! Many exclamation marks for that! 

Also a big plus? The complete lack of waste. Complete. More pluses? Not having to remember to go out and buy tampons. Or running out of them. Or having to ask a random woman in the ladies room if she has an extra. I don't wake up with a start and have to jump out of bed because I feel a leaking sensation. No having to figure out what to do with your used tampon when you're out at someone else's house. Or even worse, flushing one at someone else's house only to see their toilet water rising, and rising, and rising...crap.

So, I not only highly recommend menstrual cups, I gush about them (pun intended.) AND you can get them in cute colors!
Lunette Menstrual Cup blue
Lunette Menstrual Cup pink

If you have been thinking about taking the plunge or even if you have any questions about your menstrual cycle, I recommend visiting Be Prepared Period. They are an amazing resource for all things menstrual. There is info for Parents and girls just starting their cycles, even info for Dads! There are first period stories, information on TSS, Endometriosis, Menopause, & PMS. They run a pretty comprehensive store where you can shop for everything period-related. 

Guess what ladies? They have given me a discount code just for my readers to get 10% off any brand of menstrual cup in their store!!!! Sweet! If you were thinking about trying a menstrual cup, this is a great incentive and you can choose any brand you fancy taking on a spin. Use code:  #MomLoves  until 4/30. My thanks to Tara at BPP for kindly offering up this code!


Has anyone tried a menstrual cup yet? How much do you love it? I'm seriously considering washable fabric pantyliners next. Has anyone tried these and want to share your experience? 

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16 comments

  1. I haven't tried one but I like your review. It makes our easier to try one out. Thanks.

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    1. They really are a godsend for me and it's even easier to try one with the discount! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. The line about "I was babysitting my vagina," made me almost spit my coffee out I was laughing so hard, lol.

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  3. I would have never considered this (I initially thought- so fancy) and had never even heard of them before reading this. But now I'm actually considering them!

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    1. I find that a lot of people have just never heard of them! They are amazing (as stated above a bajillion times!), convenient, & pretty inexpensive. They run about $30-$45 depending on brand, but I was spending at least $12 a month on tampons and pantyliners combined, so I am saving a bundle AND producing no trash!

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  4. Say, what about the smell?

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    1. Menstrual blood doesn't start getting a bad odor until it hits the air, and the cup forms a seal, so no smell with these. Funny, I had know this for years (probably Googled it), but I searched again so I could drop some knowledge and found the perfect Yahoo Answer here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120112095302AAM79sk. I love how they list cups as "more sanitary than tampons", because most people don't know this. Hope this helps!

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  5. I have heard of these before, but just can't bring myself to actually using one. I don't know haha

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    1. I know what you mean. When I first heard of them, I thought "No way.", but there are so many positives, I had to try them. I was impressed; They are now the only thing I use.

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  6. Hello,
    I came across your article on FB from Lunette.
    I wanted to tell you a little about washable pads.

    I have been using Lunette size 1 for over 6 months now with only washable pantyliners, and it has been excellent for me. I have to carry the pantiliners with me wherever I go in case I have an overflow on my heaviest day, when I have to empty the Lunette more than once.

    I purchased them from small home business on Etsy, and I have about 12 total. I purchased the short pantyliners for those who are embarrassed about the pad showing through the seat of your jeans. Here is my experience: I have constant leaks from the Lunette filling up fast, so I have to change out the pantyliners maybe three to four times a day for two days. With only 12, I go through them fast and need to wash them for reuse. I wish I had more. I also wish I had purchased a few medium pads for those heavier days. The pads tend to slid around the panties, and I constantly have to readjust them.
    I recommend for you to try the pads shaped like a circle; they will reduce the instance of it sliding up/down your panties, purchase a few medium pads in addition to your lights/pantyliners for your heavier days if any, and have a large supply on hand. If you are out often, bring along wet wipes for wiping your cup clean and yourself as well (you can make your own) and have some kind of wetbag to put the used pads in until you can make it home to wash them. Try the short and regular length cloth pads, so you can get the feel of which will be more comfortable. I chose waterproof lining to reduce the instance of leaks through the pad, and leaking has never happened. I use my own soap; Castille soap and an old toothbrush to scrub the pads clean before hanging them up to dry before throwing them into the wash. One last thing; the cloth pads are made of different types of material. I chose "minky" because they are extremely soft, and I have never looked back.
    I have sensitive skin and a sensitive vagina, so I have to use unscented soaps and yeast has been a constant problem for me due to changing PH through my cycle. These pads in conjunction with the cup has significantly reduced my instances with yeast, AND reduced my monthly flow and cramping(I have dysmenorrhea due to an IUD) I am deeply suspicious now of store-brand pads and tampons.
    Long story short; I hope you choose to switch to cloth pads; they really changed my life around! I also hope my recommendations help you choose what you'd feel most comfortable with for yourself.

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    1. I've seen the Minky pads, but was hesitant because the fabric is so warm and doesn't breathe. How are they on holding in heat?

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  7. What Will They Think Of Next This Is AWESOME!!! LOL Love It & Thank You!!!

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    1. It really is! Hope you take the plunge! Thanks for stopping by Lisa.

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    1. Hmm, strange - I'm not sure why the code isn't working for you Olivia. I do see that the code is active and we've processed other orders with this discount. I'm happy to help if you'd like to message me at info @ bepreparedperiod.com - Tara :)

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