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Tampons Are So Out. Juju Cups Are In!

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Ok, hopefully you like the pun in my title 😉 I have tried many different products that help with the menstrual cycle over the years. Many people have recommended the products at pH-D Feminine Health and a friend also recommended using a menstrual cup. I used to be a menstrual cup user years ago, before having kids. I liked the idea of saving money on disposable products. Seriously, who wants to waste money on buying tampons and pads? It is literally throwing your money away. A cup can be used for up to ten years before it needs replacing! If you want to find out more about menstrual cups, you can learn about Diva Cup here. I also wanted to stop contributing to the massive amounts of waste entering the landfills and waterways (ie. throwing pads away and flushing tampons down the toilet). Plus, cups are relatively clean and are not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome (while tampons are). I still have my old cup, but, after having a baby, you actually ‘graduate’ to a bigger cup size, so it was time for me to search for a new cup. I came across Juju.

I’ve trialled both sizes of the Juju cup (Model 1 and Model 2) over two of my cycles (even though I clearly meet the criteria for over 30 with kids) . I have to say, that even though I had used cups before, this time around, it was almost like re-learning how to use a cup! It’s been four years since I’ve used one and after two kids, like I said, your ‘anatomy’ changes a bit.

Size 1 on the left, Size 2 on the right.  Size 2 has had the stem chopped off.

Model 1 on the left, Model 2 on the right. Size 2 has had the stem chopped off.

Things I LOVE about Juju

  • Juju is a small Australian Owned Company! Horray! Also, Juju cups are made IN AUSTRALIA!
  • Juju cups are manufactured in accordance to a strict set of standards set forth by the ISO (Organization for Standardization). In other words, you can bet that there is nothing ‘dodgy’ about the materials.
  • Made from Silicon, hypo-allergenic, does not contain Latex.
  • Very soft and flexible, also has a soft flexible stem (the old brand I had did not have a soft stem at all)
  • It has a cute design, with cool flowers and a nice carry bag.
  • The cup size is a bit ‘shorter’ than my older one, which made it more comfortable for me to wear.
  • Juju’s website is very straightforward and easy to navigate

Great Customer Service!

I have only good things to say about Juju’s costumer service. I sent a few emails to them and they always replied super fast. Also, they were EXTREMELY friendly and helpful in replying to my questions regarding cup size and a few minor glitches that I encountered (the glitches were on my part, not the cup, to be discussed in a moment).

Important Things I Re-learned about Using a Cup

Initially, I thought, no probs, I’ve used a cup before, I know what I’m doing. Well, the first time I used it, it seemed like it was literally getting pushed out! And, it was! I was using the Model 2 (the size recommended for woman who have had children and are over the age of 30). I couldn’t figure out why it felt like it was getting pushed out. It felt good about 75% of the time, and the other times, I couldn’t stand it, so I had to take it out and use something else. I then tried the Model 1 Juju cup, to see if that would stop the ‘pushing out’ factor. The smaller size did seem to help in the ‘pushing out’ factor… until… I had a leak at night! Oops! In the end, I got it all sorted and found that it was actually my ‘insertion technique’ that needed tweaking. It’s actually the Model 2 (the recommended size) that I need to wear. The size 1 still works if you don’t move around much, but I was thrashing and rolling around at night taking care of babies and well… like I said, after two babies, you are a bit more ‘stretched’ out down there and the smaller cup is not held in place as well. I’m actually glad I had so many problems, because I learned a lot about using a cup again and now I can share what I learned with readers, like you!

Proper Insertion is Key

My biggest problem was that I didn’t read the insertion directions (typical guy thing, so why was I doing it). The directions clearly state to insert at a 45 degree angle, not directly up and down. The 45 degree angle is the natural curve of your body, duh! So, that was my first and biggest problem! Once I started inserting correctly, I stopped getting the ‘pushing out’ problem.

Try Different Folding Techniques

You have to fold the cup to get it in and then, once it’s in, it sort of pops open. It’s got some pretty good suction, and that’s what helps to keep it in. I found that trying different folds really helped to get the cup in a good place. Juju has an awesome list of short videos to help you with different ways to fold your cup.

The most common, C or U fold

The most common, C or U fold

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get Used to Your Cup

I would say to give yourself at least 3 or 4 cycles getting used to your cup before you make any judgements about using one. For some woman, it takes a while to get used to them, while others may get it straight from the go. If you’re feeling worried about the cup, wear it around the house for a while before venturing out. You can also trim the stem after you’re comfortable with taking it out. I actually wore the cup inside out for a few days before I ended up trimming the stem, as Juju recommends doing it this way on their website.

In the Beginning, Have a Back-Up Plan

If you’re going out of the house and you’re still getting used to your cup, I would recommend having a back-up, like a tampon or pad, or whatever you’re used to using. A few times, in the beginning, when I wasn’t inserting properly, it was driving me insane and I had to take it out.

Sometimes, ain’t nothing gonna feel comfy

A few times, especially, I noticed, right before my flow got heavy, the cup felt really uncomfy. That was usually when the ‘pushing out’ feeling happened. At first, I thought that I would just use a tampon. But, can you guess what… the tampon was actually MORE annoying than the cup! The tampon felt dry as well as annoying, while the cup only felt annoying with a lot of pressure. Luckily, when the flow actually got heavy, the pressure then went away and I could wear the cup again. It’s like everything was just swollen and nothing wanted to be in there, so then, I used a back-up cloth pad and all was good. Times like that were also an indication for me to take it easy anyway, since I felt so bloated and uncomfortable. Also, during those bloated times, I noticed that if I had a full bladder or had to do a bowel movement, then the cup would feel uncomfy. Although, *usually* that is not the case and you can use the toilet as usual with the cup in. One of the great perks to using the cup is that you don’t have to worry about getting your tampon string dirty when you use the toilet. So, for me, while I love using a cup, I will also use cloth pads as sometimes I just don’t feel like putting anything in. Although, if you wanted to, you could certainly go 100% of the time with the cup in!

Some General ‘Cup’ Rules

Cups are great because you only need to change them once every 4-12 hours and they won’t leak when inserted properly, even if they’re really full. Really, you only need one. Just dump and rinse when you think you need to change. For using in public toilets, you can dump and wipe with toilet paper if there is no sink available.

Overall

Overall, I’m really pleased with the Juju cup. I love so much that it’s Australian owned and made as well as comes from a small company. I’m so happy to not have to buy tampons or other disposable products. A couple months ago, I bought these organic tampons and figured that the amount of money I spent on them and I could have payed for one Juju cup in about 2 or 3 months. So yes, the cup is well worth the money! Plus, it doesn’t leak when used properly and doesn’t need to be changed as frequently as a tampon or pad. Also, it’s very clean in comparison to using tampons and pads. I would say, 5 out of 5 for the Juju cup!

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(Juju cup does not ship to the USA or Canada. If you live there and are looking to buy a cup, there is an excellent blog that is completely dedicated to reviewing menstrual cups, http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/)

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