I LOVE MY MENSTRUAL CUP.
Buying the cup was one of the best decisions I've made this year, hands-down. I HATE using pads. To me it's the equivalent of wearing a bloody diaper (ew, I know, but it's just true). But as a pediatric ICU nurse I'm also TERRIFIED of toxic-shock from overnight tampon use from seeing it in teenagers. Also... it's just a waste of resources and money. Bad for both my wallet and the environment.
ENTER IN THE MENSTRUAL CUP. I'll be frank: the first couple uses were awkward and uncomfy. Attempting to learn how to put it in properly gave me bad flashbacks to my first time putting in a tampon, not to mention I didn't get a good seal until maybe an hour later and oooof that's a weird feeling once it pops. BUT by the second cycle after buying I had it down and never have had any leaks or issues. I think it's easy to put in and take out once you've got the hang of it, and cleaning is easy if you can get past the bodily fluids (though you're dealing with that with tampons anyway... I digress.) Most of the time I forget I'm even on my period.
So.... get you a menstrual cup. Love your wallet and the environment and your ridiculous period symptoms. It's life changing. Okay bye. :)
I've had problems with my cup leaking for years. So I FINALLY decided to try a new one and of course opted to buy at Simply Zero.
The first time I used this one, it got stuck. That's never happened to me before. I actually had to call in late for work because I could not get it out. At some point in my panic, I decided to give myself a hard deadline: If it's not out by 10 a.m., I'm going to the emergency room. Directly before the deadline, using tweezers, I finally got it out.
Now, I know that sounds awful. But hear me out. It was just kind of a relief that it actually worked -- no leaks anywhere (I have a notoriously heavy period.). So I tried it again and it was a little easier to get out, though still a struggle. And then I tried it again. At the end of the day, my body eventually got used to it and I love that it's leak proof.
I mention all the details bc if you buy this product and struggle with it at first, don't worry. I did, too. But it works wonders and I actually DO recommend it.