Last week, I asked my readers to fill in a survey about my blog. If you took the time out to do this, thank you so much! I had some really insightful comments, which has really helped. Basically since this blog has changed a little, I just wanted to check in and find out what you want to see more of. It turns out a lot of you want my period content to make a comeback.
If you’re wondering why I stopped, it’s for a number of reasons. The biggest one was an influx of abuse. Whether it’s raising awareness, trying to battle stigmas, or educating people about periods, I always try use my platform for good. Unfortunately, talking about these things invite a ton of ignorant and horrible people into your mentions. For a while, it became a bit of a routine. I’d tweet something and just start muting/blocking people almost instantly. I’d push through it all because for every negative, there would be a ton of people saying I’ve helped them. But it was becoming all too much and I didn’t know how to deal with it. In addition to that, I’ve had four different period posts of mine completely ripped off by both bloggers and brands. So I just thought to myself, “why am I doing this?”.
I was struggling mentally and just needed to take a step back. My last few periods haven’t been that great either. Since I’ve been diagnosed, I’ve been trying to throw myself back into my blog and keeping busy. In an attempt to get back into my period positive mindset, I’ve been trying to do more fun things during my period and be kinder to myself also. I’ve been wanting to start writing about alternative menstrual products again for a while now. I’ve also wanted to try some more things myself too, it’s always good to have options I think. The last few cycles I’ve been using cloth pads and period underwear. It wasn’t until my period fell on a day where I had a lot of activity planned that I realised how much I enjoy using a cup.
I decided I wanted to try some different cups so I can try be more helpful. Perhaps I can offer some insight, comparison and some general tips. I’ve been shopping around and looking at what sizes would suit (more on that later), then Monki announced their collaboration with Lunette. Talk about perfect timing! I ordered it almost immediately and I thought this would be a great starting point for the return of period content on C&CO!
Monki is no stranger to fighting period stigma
For those of you who don’t know, Monki is H&M’s much cooler sister. They have more exciting and better quality clothes and are no stranger to taboo-breaking campaigns. Last year, they celebrated their 10 year anniversary in style with their Monkifesto. The campaign featured ‘10 statements, 10 ways of standing up for women‘. This campaign explored fighting stigma in general as they teamed up a bunch of influencers and focused on a range of subjects equally. One of the highlights was definitely their period work with Kiran Gandhi, who went viral after free bleeding whilst running a marathon.
“When we say periods are cool it’s just us saying it’s cool, it’s just a period, there’s no need to freak out about it.” – Kiran Gandhi
They’ve teamed up with Lunette and The Cup Foundation to combat period stigma in third world countries
I’m thrilled to see them return to period stigma and they’re doing a lot more this time round. Not only have they teamed up with Lunette to present an exclusive cup, they’re also donating 5000 menstrual cups to The Cup Foundation as well. It’s great to see that Monki recognise that period stigma is a global issue and are trying to help combat this. Together Monki, Lunettte and The Cup Foundation will provide young women in Kenya with access to menstrual care and education.
Monki x Lunette x The Cup
Lunette are a Finnish, female-run company and for their collaboration with Monki they’ve made a limited edition pink colour, which comes with an exclusive pouch to store the cup in too. I’ve gotta be honest, but this is one of my favourite things about menstrual cups. They come in all different colours and some of the pouches are just gorgeous! The moment I saw the Monki x Lunette cup, I purchased it instantly. I’ve never seen anything like it. Vibrant, matches the cup and makes a statement? I had to have it. I think this kind of thing helps people feel a bit more comfortable carrying it around. This cup and pouch in particular would definitely be an ice breaker!
So, what’s the cup like?
Most brands will offer their cup in two sizes and they’re normally based on factors like age and if you’ve given birth vaginally. However, Lunette specify sizes on the intensity of your flow. I ordered a size 2, which is for heavier flows.
The cup seems larger in comparison to my Mooncup, but it’s not actually that much bigger (check out this comparison chart). It’s definitely a lot firmer than I anticipated, but don’t let that put you off. I like that it feels sturdier. I think I definitely needed a bigger cup as I can sometime leak on heavier days with my Mooncup. The only issue I had with firmness was keeping a fold in place, but practice makes perfect and it gets easier. I also used a bit of lube this time round too. Where it’s larger, it just helped me get it in easier.
For me, this cup sits really low and it’s super comfortable. It’s quite a nice change and makes taking it out a little easier. I’m also a really big fan of the stem; it’s an unusual shape but so thin. I can barely feel it. I have found that thicker stems can irritate me sometimes if the cup is low (remember you can always trim the stem if you need to, stems don’t hang out like a tampon string). Given this different size stem and the fact it sits lower, I found myself having to insert my finger in deeper than I normally would to get it out. Instead of simply pulling the stem, I fish around for the cup, push into it and then pull it out.
Menstrual cups are really all about finding what works for your body and that’s part of the fun to me. The Lunette cup is a dream; I feel completely protected, it’s perfect for heavier days.
What else is in the collection?
Although the limited edition Lunette cup is the star of the campaign, there’s some other fun items on offer too. The collection also includes a range of pins, statement t-shirts, briefs as well other pink/red coloured garments. I ordered two pairs of statement briefs because I like having designated period pants.
Like the cup, they’re fun, comfortable and good statement pieces. I felt super cute in mine!