The SckoonCup Menstrual Cup is a Softer, Gentler AlternativeFriday, February 20, 2015
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.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I'm a big proponent of menstrual cups. There are a myriad of reasons, but one of the biggest for me is the decreased-to-eliminated risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. That is a huge deal if you know someone who has lived through it...or knew someone who didn't. And being the mother of a little girl, I needed to find a safer alternative.
I've tried a few menstrual cups, and was recently given the opportunity to try a SckoonCup. The SckoonCup is billed as "the softest and most advanced menstrual cup", so I was intrigued. Keep reading to see what I found.
The SckoonCup comes in some really fun colors. I chose to try "Wellness", which is a pretty red. Most menstrual cups also come in two sizes: Size 1, for women who haven’t previously given birth vaginally and Size 2, for women who have given birth vaginally, so choose your size accordingly.
The cup comes sealed in a bag and includes the menstrual cup, a pouch for storage, and complete instructions for use, cleaning, and storage.
The SckoonCup is also made in the USA and approved by the FDA for its safety. The silicone is odorless, latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free. They don't do animal testing or use animal products; No materials other than medical grade silicone are used in the production of their cups, so you don't have to worry about chemical-treated products going in your body.
The cup is made from a medical grade silicone, which all of the cups I've tried have been, but the difference is that this one is super-soft. Like, squishy-soft. So this would be a great cup for a beginner, someone who is easily irritated, or who can't use the more rigid cups for any other reason.
It's fairly small, and it's engineered to be as non-irritating as possible: The suction holes are molded in, not cut out of the silicone afterwards, it's molded from one single piece of silicone, so there are no ridges from joining the pieces, and the sides are also completely smooth without any ridges or bumps.
A big deal for me was the softness of the stem. I can use a more rigid cup, but the stem is irritating for me. I didn't have any problems; It was like I wasn't using anything at all.
The suction holes also point up towards the rim, which gives it a slightly higher capacity without leakage.
If you've never used a menstrual cup, insertion and removal are easy: Just fold the cup in half, then in fourths, insert and let go; The cup will pop open and mold to the inside of your body. When you use it for the first couple of cycles, just make sure that it's fully open by feeling the base. A menstrual cup sits lower than a tampon, right beyond the pelvic bone, so it's not as invasive as you might imagine. Once you get the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep.
Menstrual cups are also more economical. The SckoonCup, for instance, will last for up to 2 years with proper care.
More pros for menstrual cups:
- Zero waste. You don't have to worry about flushing or leaving something in the trash.
- No dryness. Unlike tampons, menstrual cups don't absorb moisture, causing dryness.
- Larger capacity. Menstrual cups hold more than a tampon, so can be worn for longer periods up to 12 hours.
I had a great experience with the SckoonCup. I did experience slight leakage while getting used to it, but that has happened with all of the cups I've tried. Once you get used to it for a few cycles, you won't have to worry about that anymore.
I actually traveled with it, and it was so much easier to pack one menstrual cup than a box of tampons. If you've had to travel on your cycle, you know what a pain that can be.
It was easy to clean and store, and they provide a pretty pouch; Just toss it in a drawer or your purse and you're ready to go.
Overall, it's a great menstrual cup. I highly recommend it, especially if you have experienced irritation in the past.
You can find the SckoonCup at http://www.sckooncup.com.
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Have you ever tried a menstrual cup? If you have, what do you love about it? If you haven't, what's stopping you?