***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.***
Anyone who has been around for awhile is probably pretty aware that I don't have any problem discussing sensitive subjects. Whether it's poop, being the parent of a gay teen, or even maintaining a healthy sex life with 2 kids under the age of 5 constantly underfoot, I am not at all shy. Hey, these things, while they may be uncomfortable for some to talk about, are just a part of life. Someone needs to talk about them, right?
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.
So for almost 4 years, I have been using a menstrual cup. These cups are generally made from a medical grade silicone, and have absolutely no toxic materials or chemicals in them. And, since they're reusable, they help to reduce waste, therefore reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment.
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!
My Luv Ur Body Review :
Okay, so I have to be completely honest with you all....This review is 2 months in the making. I have used this cup for 2 cycles, and initially, I did experience some hiccups. I think it was due to the fact that while I have had 3 children, I am still rather petite "down there" because each pregnancy ended with a c-section. My lady-parts didn't get stretched out any or change much. (Not that my husband is complaining!) Also, I am short. Or vertically challenged, if you prefer. I am about 5'3" and I weigh about 140lbs.
So my first problem was that I think I ordered the wrong size. Out of habit, I ordered a Large, since I have had children. In reality, because I am petite, I should have gone with the Medium.
The Luv Ur Body cup is made from a medical grade silicone, and comes in a variety of fun colors. There are also raised, floral designs on the cup. Of course no one will see these embellishments since the cup is worn internally, but it's definitely a fun, feminine detail. There are also tiny little holes along the rim that help to create a seal, keeping the cup in place. There is a stem at the bottom to help facilitate easy removal as well.
I have used my Luv Ur Body menstrual cup for 2 months now. The first month didn't go so well. I think it's mostly due to the fact that the Large size is a bit too big for my body. I was able to feel its presence, which is a bit different than my usual, smaller sized cup. (The Luv Ur Body cup is considerably larger than a DivaCup or SckoonCup.)
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!
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