***Thank you to SckoonCup for sponsoring this post. I was selected for this opportunity to review the product as a member of the Green Moms Network, and the content and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.***
Anyway, I have not used tampons in a couple of years now. 3 years, to be exact. You see, something horrid happened, and I am lucky nothing bad happened to me. This is a totally true story, and kind of embarrassing. But, it's something that can happen to any woman, so it's definitely worth the humiliation of sharing.
What clued me in? The disgusting, blackish, foul-smelling discharge that started happening in my nether regions. It smelled like something had died in my hoo-hah. Literally. I actually accused my very faithful husband of bringing home an STD, and made an appointment with my OBGYN. Who about died laughing when I was in a complete panic in his office. I guess the string from the tampon somehow got "lost" inside of me, and it was just sitting up in there, rotting away. Gross, right? I am SO lucky I didn't end up getting TSS, (Toxic Shock Syndrome) which can be fatal. That day, I threw away my tampon stash for good. I switched to reusable menstrual cups, since they're made from medical grade, non-toxic materials, which are much, much safer than tampons and disposable pads.
So recently, when I got the opportunity to try SckoonCup Menstrual Cup, I was excited. I have been using menstrual cups for 3 years now, but had never tried this particular brand. I've heard wonderful things about them, though, and absolutely love the different color options. Sure, it sounds silly to care what color a menstrual accessory is, but I think a bit of color makes the whole experience a bit more fun. And let's face it, ladies: ANYTHING that can make a period pleasant is A-OK in my book! I chose the Harmony color. Why? Well, it's pretty, and harmony is definitely something I could use a bit more of during that time of the month!
Size 1: Small, for women who haven't previously given birth vaginally. Capacity 23ml
Size 2: Large, for women who have given birth vaginally. Capacity 30ml
I chose the Large, even though I have never actually pushed a baby out vaginally. I had 3 cesareans. However, after my last baby, I had my tubes tied, and as a result, I experience incredibly heavy bleeding. (The doc never warned me about the possible side effects of a tubal-ligation, and I totally regret the procedure now.) So I definitely wanted to extra capacity offered in the Large size.
Anyway, back to the good stuff here. SckoonCup is probably the most comfortable menstrual cup I've ever used. Once it's in, you cannot feel it at all! If you can feel it, it's probably been inserted incorrectly. Don't worry...It takes a little while to get the hang of a menstrual cup. Once you've got it down, it becomes second nature.
SckoonCup is designed to fit a woman's body perfectly and more important, comfortably. This cup has no writing or embellishments that can cause discomfort you-know-where. It's super soft and smooth, and stays in place beautifully thanks to the easy to clean, angled suction holes. These little holes create a "seal" inside the vagina, keeping it where it needs to be. (No, the SckoonCup won't get lost in there!)
My SckoonCup also contains my monthly flow quite well. I have not experienced any leaks, even when worn overnight. This is not something I can say about other cups I have tried. Still, I empty my SckoonCup a few times a day, just to make sure everything is fresh down there.
So if you're curious about making the switch to a menstrual cup, I would definitely recommend SckoonCup. It's soft, flexible, and definitely does its job very well. There are no toxins in this product, so TSS is something you won't need to worry about. Not to mention, using a menstrual cup is eco-friendly, since it helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the Earth's landfills. Give it a shot! I think you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was!
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