I have to give you a heads up first before I proceed with my review. This topic is a bit sensitive so if you’re not really up for it the moment you’ve read the title of this post, feel free to look for other topics in this blog that will interest you.
First of all, I never imagined I would be reviewing, even using a product such as the Anytime Menstrual Cup. We all know how we Filipinas were raised conservatively that we stick with only what we know and what we’re already accustomed with. I have been using sanitary pads ever since my first bwisitor (haven’t we all, at some point, referred to our period this way?) visited me and sometimes it’s a hassle when you forget to bring an extra pad because of your hectic sked, right? I know about the existence and convenience of tampons (as seen in movies and as told by other people) but I actually never tried it. Well, what made menstrual cups so different that I actually did try it? Below are a couple of questions and answers to let you know how the experience went.
What are menstrual cups?
Based from Anupriya Pande Marar’s post, “it is a conical-shaped cup made up of medical grade silicone. Silicone itself has anti-bacterial properties which makes this product completely safe for usage.” Like tampons, these are also inserted in the vagina. It collects menstrual fluid during menstruation and has to be cleaned up at a certain interval of hours so that you can use it again. Yes, it’s reusable so it’s more convenient, cheaper, and it does not create waste.
What is Anytime Menstrual Cups PH?
Anytime is an international brand which manufactures menstrual cups made from soft medical grade silicone, produced in a FDA registered facility. Anytime Menstrual Cups PH aims to give Filipinas a choice to decide if a cup is for them by providing good quality & affordable products at the same time. Moreover, Anytime Menstrual Cups PH strives to address different needs of menstrual cup users by providing different types of menstrual cup accessories too.
Their menstrual cups come in three different colors: white, pink, and purple with two sizes available: Size 1 for under 30 years of age and those who have no children yet, and Size 2 for 30 year olds and above or have had children through normal delivery.
Aside from the box and the menstrual cup itself, it comes with a breathable pouch for you to be able to store your cup properly (plus free inspiring stickers!). The Anytime Menstrual Cup costs P700 and they also have the Super Package (P900) and Intimate Package (P800). It may seem pricey compared to how much one pack of sanitary pads costs but if you try to compute it in the long run, not only will you be able to save money, you will also help in alleviating waste caused by used sanitary pads.
How do I use it? Is it safe?
First of all, you need to put the cup in boiling water for 5 minutes before you use it on your first day of menstruation. There are two ways to insert a menstrual cup. First is the Tulip/Push Down fold and the second is the U fold. Pictures below for reference.
I actually watched a couple of videos on the internet and read reviews about using it. There’s a manual included in the box of the cup once you order one, and if that’s not enough, you can search the internet for more detailed articles and images about it.
If you are scared about losing your virginity over the use of menstrual cups (I know I was!), I found this very helpful article about the “myth”. I’m adding this here because this is a nice to know information about using menstrual cups.
How do I remove it?
Thankfully, Anytime Menstual PH has a detailed guide on how to remove your menstrual cups:
To remove, pull gently on the stem of the menstrual cup until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinching the base helps breaking the vacuum and removing the cup. Pinch the base of the cup with your index finger and thumb by using a gentle, but firm grip to break the seal. Squeeze the bottom of the cup until you feel or hear the release of the suction. Now gently ease the cup forward and downward while while pulling down.
What are the benefits of using a menstrual cup?
Well, here are the following benefits of using a menstrual cup:
- Can be worn while swimming. No need to worry about not being able to enjoy the pool or the beach because of your bwisitor.
- Can be reused for many years. Of course, it’s entirely up to you if you want to change cups every after year to ensure you’re using a clean cup.
- Most girls do not feel the cup when worn. GIRLS. I can attest to this!
- No worries about showing through clothing. No, show through blood. I do not miss you at all!
- Can be worn for up to 12 hours before removing and cleaning. Max of 12 hours is for when the flow is a bit lighter than the first days.
- Contains no harsh chemicals – that means less irritation! Less irritation means it safe for your vagina.
- Overall, reduction in waste products in environment. Hooray!
Aside from menstrual cups, what does Anytime Menstrual Cups PH offer?
Anytime PH also offers cup packages, glass mats, and intimist sprays. Please refer to their Facebook Shop page to see a complete listing of their products.
Any other helpful links you can give us to know more about this product?
Anytime Menstrual Cups PH offers the following good-to-know stuff in their Facebook page for first-timers and long-time users alike:
- What size?
- Inserting your cup
- Removing the cup
- Caring for your cup
- Helpful Illustrations
- Why switch to cups?
I also found the following links which helped me to understand more about cups:
- Eco-friendly & tension free periods?? Anupriya Pande talks about Menstrual Cup
- How to use a Menstrual Cup – wikiHow
- Tired of Tampons? Here are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups
What’s your overall verdict?
I love it! I’m saying good bye to sanitary pads and hello to stress-free cups! I actually had a lot of hesitations before using and agreeing to get a sample product but I got really curious about it so I said, “Why not give it a try?” I am so glad that I did! It did take me some time to grasp all of this information in before I finally got the hang of using it. Inserting it and removing it wasn’t really that easy for me but with all the guides and articles I have been reading, I think my second use will be better than my first.
So will I switch to menstrual cups? Surely! Would I recommend it? Yes.
Disclaimer: This review post was brought to you by Anytime Menstrual Cups PH. The said shop sent me a sample for review and most of the photos used in this post are from them. All thoughts and opinions are completely mine.
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