Have you guessed yet? It’s kind of in the name. Ruby cup are a brand of reusable menstrual cups that provide an alternative to disposable sanitary products. Now, this reusable concept won’t come as news to many of you, some of you are probably using them already, but for me this was a definite first. Apologies in advance if this blog includes a little too much information. I want to be really honest and give you an honest account of my experience. I don’t often do product reviews but when I do I always try and remain as truthful as possible about my personal experience, sometimes that means you get more than you bargained for! Soz.
Before you even get to the stage of adding a Ruby Cup to your virtual basket you need to know what size to order (don’t worry this doesn’t involve attaching a tape measure to a banana or any other weird and not so wonderful cervix measuring tips, and trust me they are out there) it’s actually a really simple process. All you need to know is if you have a high or low cervix and how heavy your average flow is. Ruby Cup have a great guide to follow here: https://rubycup.com/blogs/how-to-use/which-menstrual-cup-size-is-right-for-me
Once that decision has been made it’s on to fitting. Now I said I was going to be honest so here goes. It took me ages to get the Ruby Cup in the first time. Not only did it take ages, it was also a noisy and awkward process that I don’t recommend trying when you’re out and about using a public toilet for fear of being overheard (unless of course you don’t care, in which case — go girl) After remaining confident that I had the right size cup, I was a bit paranoid about whether or not it was in properly, there was some squelching going on in my attempt to ensure this was the case. As you can imagine with your monthly visitor, it wasn’t that pleasant an experience, slightly messy too. Nevertheless once it was positioned correctly I couldn’t feel it at all. This was absolute bliss for me. I’ve not worn tampons much since giving birth I just don’t relish the feel of them. Therefore my go to was a sanitary towel and those things are pretty gross however we dress it up. Not because I think periods are gross, but because chaffing vulva and sticky wings, in my opinion are pretty awful.
The next and probably most daunting stage is emptying the little sucker (pun intended.) It takes quite the pull to remove, and you need to remember that it’s likely to be full of blood, so make sure as you pull it out you tilt it to empty rather than pulling it out and up as that’s gonna get messy. The Ruby Cup has a silicone handle to tug, as you would a tampon string. This can also be cut to size should you find its sticking out too much. This may happen if you have a low cervix. This sounds pretty graphic but honestly it’s easy once you’ve done it a couple of times. The main issue I had with emptying is it’s not something I felt could be done whilst out and about. Unless you’re in a disabled toilet or one with a basin. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to carry a bloody, silicone, cup to a communal basin, to rinse and then get back in line for the cubicle to reinsert. That just sounds like too much effort doesn’t it?!
However, if you’re able to find a cubicle with a basin, you simply empty the cup, rinse and reinsert. To fully sanitise the cup you can purchase a sterilising cup which you fill with cold water and pop in the microwave, or simply use a feminine soap and wash well with hot (not boiling) water.
Based on the information provided and my own personal experience I’ve put together some pros and cons.
Let’s start with the cons and get the crappy bits out of the way.
1. Not easy to insert first time
2. Can make some embarrassing noises on insertion.
3. Impractical when you’re out and about.
4. Messy on removal.
2. Cost effective.
3. Easy to clean.
5. No chaffing.
6. Planet saving.
7. Can wear for up to 12 hours.
As you can see there’s arguments for and against, but even with the few embarrassing cons, I do believe reusable menstrual cups have many benefits, the main one being on the environment.
Even if you don’t choose to wear one whilst out and about, just using one at home could drastically reduce your need for disposable products. Thus making an impact on landfill.
I think I’ll definitely use a menstrual cup for future cycles, even if not for the whole cycle. I liked the fact I didn’t notice it once it was in, also great was the freedom of being able to use the pool or in my case— lazy spa in the garden, without fear your tampon string might hang out of your bikini bottoms.
If you are thinking of trying out a Ruby Cup for yourself, you can purchase via my affiliate link.
As always feel free to reach out and let me know what you think. Email firstname.lastname@example.org