All I have to do before inserting is sterilise the cup, another mental barrier that would normally have motivated me to put the whole thing off for another month, but here we are, back at the deadline, so I take the next step. You can sterilise either in boiling water or in Tom Organic’s case, the steriliser provided. I go with the boiling water option as it seems less intimidating somehow.
Next, insertion. I lock myself in the bathroom, fold the cup into the aforementioned C shape while willing myself to relax (the instruction booklet recommends taking a few deep breaths, gently push it up, then twist it (slowly) 360 degrees to make sure it expands, and I’m done.
It’s actually not that bad, in fact, I can’t feel it more than you would a tampon, which surely means success, right?
According to the box, you can wear this particular period cup for the length of time you’d normally take to go through three super tampons. Since it’s my first time, and I have no clue how long this might last me, I’m also wearing period undies as a backup.
After about five hours I take it out, more out of curiosity than any urge to change it over.
To be honest, it’s a little confronting and a bit icky, but it’s easy to discard into the toilet, and to be fair, not any grosser than changing a tampon. You can either reinsert immediately or if you prefer, sterilise again, the instructions say either option is fine. You just need to sterilise once your period has finished for the month.
I actually feel quite empowered, like I’ve had a little eco win. I continue to use the cup during the day for the rest of my period and feel like I am converted. I’m now officially a cup girl.
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