***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Another fact of life that may make some squeamish is menstruation. You know, your period. Aunt Flow. That "time of the month". Personally, I wish Mother Nature could just send a monthly text that says "Hey Girl, you're not pregnant. See you next month!" Sadly, that's not the case, so women have to deal with their periods, month after month.
Now I have to be honest. I have not used a tampon in...wow...almost 4 years. I had a very scary experience with them, which turned me off to them completely. I had just had Xander, and was completely exhausted. Taking care of a newborn and a 1 year old on very little sleep was pretty challenging. Well, the first month my period returned, I somehow left a tampon in and forgot about it....For a week. What clued me in? Well, let's just say that if you accidentally leave a tampon in, you will experience a very rancid odor and a nasty, almost black discharge. This absolutely terrified me, especially considering the risk of TSS. (Toxic Shock Syndrome)
Thankfully, I didn't get ill from this sleep-deprived mishap, but it did cause me to give up tampons once and for all.
There are a lot of different brands to choose from, and I have had varying results with these brands. Some leaked, some didn't. Some were very comfortable to insert and remove, some, well...not so much. Every woman's body is different, so it may take some trial and error before you find the right cup for your personal needs.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Luv Ur Body menstrual cup. This was a brand I had never heard of, so I was eager to see how it compared to my usual cup. But before I get into my experience with this cup, let me tell you more about Luv Ur Body.
About Luv Ur Body :
Our Vision is to bring awareness to this much needed alternative for women. We are driven to make this option within reach for women around the world. As a company, we value our customers and their satisfaction. Our goal is to ensure that you are completely happy with your purchase. It is our promise that we will maintain ethical business practices in all of our transactions and communications. Not only do we want to save women money while reducing the environmental impact, but we also want to help you as a woman Luv Ur Body more, even during that most uncomfortable time!
Bearing in mind that 85% of the discomfort women experience during their monthly period is associated with the type of feminine hygiene protection they use--we feel that we can help reduce or totally eliminate this for our customers! It is our ambition to help create a more enjoyable, comfortable and stress-free period for women everywhere! Through education and a solid reputation we are focused on bringing these results to every single woman that would like a better option.
It is important that women understand how the cost does not outweighs the advantages that this product offers. The cost of the Luv Ur Body Menstrual Cup is more expensive than the average price of a box of pads or tampons. However, you have to bear in mind that this product is reusable for up to 3 years. The Luv Ur Body Cup is made with pure medical grade silicone which makes it completely safe and hygienic. This means that women don’t have to worry about negative health impacts, odor, or sanitation. Not to mention, you don’t have to burden yourself about constantly changing your Menstrual Cup as it only has to be emptied once every 12 hours! Simply insert the cup and you can go about your regular day without the mess or worry that come with changing pads or tampons or seeing them and blood each time you have to ease yourself not to mention sitting in the blood on a soaking pad all day. You can even use the Menstrual Cup while sleeping or swimming!
Keep in mind the environmental advantages that this product offers you! It’s estimated the average woman will use up to almost 20,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. Landfills all over the world are filled with these non-biodegradable pads and tampons—so much so that they even show up on beaches! Multiply that by the billions of women on Earth! Let’s give the Earth a break by switching to more eco-friendly Menstrual Cups. Plus, you will gain a sense of security by knowing that you are reducing the impacts on the earth while also giving yourself more comfort. It truly is a win/win situation!
You can take back the control that you deserve! Nobody likes to stress out about what how they will deposit their feminine hygiene products. Nobody wants to worry about the potential of health risks that come along with using tampons. Nobody likes to think about the negative impacts that pads and tampons have on the earth. Today is the day for you to cast all of those worries aside and make the choice that gives you the peace of mind that you deserve!
My Luv Ur Body Review :
The silicone used to make this cup is a bit more on the rigid side than that used in the SckoonCup, but it's still quite flexible. So folding this cup for insertion was very easy. I didn't have any issues with the insertion of this cup.
Removing the cup is easy, too, but had its hiccups during the first month of use. You see, the seal that is created with the Luv Ur Body cup is very strong. Very, very strong. This is a good thing, since it keeps the cup in the proper position and definitely helps to prevent leaks.
Last month, I experienced some discomfort when removing the cup because I hadn't broken the seal effectively before I tugged on it to get it out. Not pleasant. Not pleasant AT ALL. I reached out to the brand to let them know about this experience, and after some trouble-shooting, I realized that I must not have broken the seal before pulling on the stem, so I opted to try it again, this time, making sure that the seal is in fact broken before removal. This seemed to do the trick. During my 2nd month of use, removal was a lot more comfortable.
The best part about the Luv Ur Body cup? This pretty little cup does not leak. At all. Normally, I back up my cups with cloth pads. With the Luv Ur Body Cup, I didn't really need to....even overnight! Now that, my friends, is pretty darn impressive! And I have a very heavy flow, too!
Overall, I think that the Luv Ur Body menstrual cup is a great choice for any woman who is looking for a kinder, gentler, and safer alternative to tampons. This product is well made, durable, and can be reused for a whopping 3 years! (Of course you will want to thoroughly clean it and sanitize it after each cycle.) Since it IS a bit larger than other cups on the market, I would definitely recommend ordering a size Medium if you're on the petite side or if you've only had cesareans. The Large is definitely too big for me, and would be better suited for women who are taller and larger in general. I would definitely recommend checking out Luv Ur Body and seeing if this is the right menstrual solution for you!