Lunette Cup and Luna Pads~ How I Changed My Way of Thinking

lunetteIf you’re male, I would stop reading here, unless you *really* want to learn what a menstrual cup is (hint, you probably don’t, unless you’re a single dad to a girl). You probably just want to live the charmed life that you have as a man. You were warned. Even for women, this entire post has a TMI warning 🙂

Who knows what a menstrual cup is? I didn’t, until my sister told me I should get a Diva Cup. I’m pretty sure my response was something like “wt* is that?”. She explained to me that it was a cup that you insert in your vagina, an alternative to a pad or tampon. I had heard of these, but only the disposable version. I was always scared about spilling those when taking them out. Well, this is even more intimidating. You pull it out, dump it, wash it, and put it back again.

That’s all I needed to hear. I wanted no part of this disgusting process, and told her she was insane. She said okay and dropped it.

I didn’t mean it though. I thought it was crazy that this secret thing existed and I knew nothing about it. I must know everything! Immediately! I started reading reviews, and saw that basically everyone that’s ever tried it thinks it’s the best thing in the world. You know that awful feeling when you pull out a tampon that apparently was heavier flow than you needed, and it’s dry and feels like it’s tearing out your insides? The reviews said that doesn’t happen with a cup. They also said that tampons cause cramps. WHAT?!?!?!?!? Is this a joke?? Tampons have been causing my cramps?! WT* is going on in this world run by men? They’re creating tampons now to give us cramps, under the guise that they’re helping us?? OMG. I didn’t really believe it, but that sold me. I wanted to try it.

The reviews taught me that the Diva Cup doesn’t fit everyone. There are different sizes and different brands. I found this cool chart that helped me figure out which one would be best. I’m not going to get too detailed here, but I decided on the Model 1 Lunette cup. According to the recommendations I should have gotten a bigger one since I’m older, but reviews I read (I seriously probably read 1,000) told me that I needed something smaller. That’s a problem I see here- finding the right cup could definitely take trial and error, and they are around $40 each. I got lucky finding the right one on the first try.

When I first got it, it took an entire cycle to figure out how to use it. I was scared to death (I’m kind of melodramatic), and the first time I put it in it hurt so bad. I had some leaking at first, and had to experiment with different folds (Google them on YouTube! Different folds make all the difference!). I recommend wearing a pad or pantyliner while you’re finding your groove.

Here is why I love it, and will never ever go back:

  1. I never have to go to the store to buy tampons or pads again. I have what I need, all the time (I do use cloth pantyliners as well, from Luna Pads). This is convenient, plus after the one time investment I don’t have to spend any more money.
  2. It doesn’t leak. There is a learning curve, and I do wear the pantyliners just in case, but I have so many less leaks than with tampons. Even when working out!
  3. I have a heavy flow and was emptying it all the time at first, but figured out quickly that I really only needed to do it every 8-12 hours. With tampons I was doing about every four hours- this is obviously way better!
  4. Umm… you’re not going to believe this, but it really did help my cramps! I still get them and it sucks, but they’re so much less. I haven’t even gotten out the heating pad since I started using it. It has not helped with the urge to stuff my face with chocolate and curl in a ball and cry.
  5. It doesn’t hurt to take it out, and it doesn’t hurt to wear it. Tampons did hurt. Pads are so uncomfortable that they’re not even worth mentioning.
  6. I won’t lie, taking it out is messy and can be a nightmare in a public restroom. I figured out that if i fill up one of these bottles with water before going into the stall, I can use it to rinse the cup and my fingers.
  7. I’m not throwing all that stuff away every month. I hate creating garbage. It’s also a bonus that there isn’t all sorts of gross stuff in the bathroom trash for the dogs to get into.
  8. No chemicals. Organic cotton tampons and pads are expensive, and don’t even work as well as traditional ones. I have to pick effective or safe. Really? Those are terrible options. The cup does both.

Overall, I’m so glad I switched. I think it’s some sort of conspiracy that cups aren’t more widely known, because it seems like such a better option. I’ve been using it for a little over a year now, and it’s been so much better. I got an IUD a few months after switching, and they told me I couldn’t use a cup with it. I didn’t believe them, did research, and have been using the cup anyway with no problems. However, I like it enough that I considered not getting the IUD to keep using it. That’s real love, right there!

I know this is a weird thing to write about, but I want every woman to know about this! I can’t really explain how much better it has made my period, I know that I just sound like a crazy person. I think you just need to try it for yourself. Since I’ve already gotten crazy personal, feel free to ask me anything below! Anyone else doing their period the hippie way? 🙂

Jillian

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

sisterhoodThe idea behind the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award is to recognize the unique voices of women bloggers around the world. How cool is that? Women coming together to make the world a better place is so important to me. We are all stronger together. I am so honored to be nominated for an award that is grounded in girl power! I was nominated by Maitreyi at glamorpolish. She writes a fun beauty blog, with her personality shining through. I like her honesty and the way she writes. I don’t follow a ton of beauty blogs, so hers is special 🙂 However, I am now starting to think I need to follow more. I will start with the blogs in her post!

Here are the rules of the award, should any of my nominees choose to accept!

Thank the blogger who nominated you & link back to their site.
Answer the ten questions sent to you.
Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
Nominate seven bloggers who you feel deserve the award.

My answers to Maitreyi’s questions:

  • What are your favourite hobbies?
    blogging, playing with my dogs, reading, making new drink recipes
  • How do you make yourself motivated when you are feeling low?
    I just force myself to do something. Once I start, I tend to get wrapped up in it and it’s easier to move on. My go to is minimalizing- going through an area of my house that could be cleaned out. I know that’s nuts, but it works for me.
  • What is your favourite dish?
    Anything Indian or Ethiopian!
  • Jeans or skirts?
    Skirts. I think dresses are more comfortable and more forgiving of figure flaws (real or perceived…)
  • Blush or bronzer?
    Bronzer, for sure. I am very pale, but also have red cheeks. I am mostly German with some Irish, but I look more Irish than anything else.
  • The singer whom you just love to listen all the time?
    Taylor Swift! I know the haters are gonna hate, but I love her anyway. She never fails to cheer me up.
  • Sunrise or sunset?
    Sunset. I love to see both, but if I’m up early enough to see the sunrise, I’m probably grumpy about it.
  • Who is your favourite superhero?
    My friend, K. She accomplishes more than anyone I’ve ever met, and does it with a great attitude. I do realize this probably isn’t what you meant, but she’s still my favorite superhero 🙂
  • What is your nickname?
    Jillian (Jill is my “real” name), Jilliey, Jillybear
  • What is your favourite genre in movies?
    suspense- I love Hitchcock, as well as modern suspense

The winners, that I think are just fabulous. Go check them out and bask in their awesomeness!

Y’all, here are your questions:

  1. What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you lately?
  2. Is there something you’re putting off doing that you could start today?
  3. If the average human life span was 50 years, how would you live your life differently? OR If you had five more years to live, how would you live your life differently?
  4. If you had to move to a new state or country, where would you move and why?
  5. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done on a date?
  6. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
  7. If you see a dog running around alone by the road, do you stop to help the dog?
  8. Do you have a favorite sports team?
  9. Would you want to be famous and rich, knowing that you would lose all of your privacy?
  10. What was your first job?

Quick… go! If anyone else wants to answer these, jump right in 🙂

Jillian

The Song that Always Gives Me a Pick Me Up

Jillian and GrandmaI think it’s a generally acknowledged fact that most women have trouble feeling beautiful, confident, and content with their appearance. We all wish it didn’t have to be that way. We are all beautiful, inside and out. Try as I might, I still struggle with it almost every day. I do have a go to song by india.arie that always inspires me to try harder to relax and trust myself. I have been listening to this song for probably 10 or 15 years. Warning: I wrote down these lyrics, so they may not be 100% correct.

“Video” by india.arie

Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don’t
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won’t
Depending how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

[Chorus]
I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally,
Because I am a queen I’m not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be india.arie

When I look in the mirror the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see

[Chorus]

Am I less of a lady if I don’t wear pantyhose?
My momma said a lady ain’t what she wears but what she knows
But I’ve drawn the conclusion, it’s all an illusion
Confusion’s the name of the game
A misconception, a vast deception,
Something’s got to change

Now don’t be offended this is all my opinion
Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson
I was sent here to share with y’all
So get in when you fit in
Go on and shine
Clear your mind
Now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
‘Cause everything’s gonna be alright

[Chorus]

Keep your fancy drinks, and your expensive minks
I don’t need that to have a good time
Keep your expensive cars and your caviar
All’s I need is my guitar

Keep your crystal and your pistol
I’d rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Don’t need you silicone, I prefer my own
What God gave me is just fine

Hear it here on BET

Buy it here on Amazon

Don’t you love it when music makes you feel good? I wish there were more artists out there making music that inspires women to be themselves and be happy with who they are.

Jillian