Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My Experience with the JuJu Cup



I've been a menstrual cup convert for over a year now. I always used to use tampons and pads, but I find that menstrual cups work a lot better for me. I've mentioned this before, during my first foray into the world of reusable sanitary products with the Diva Cup.

I've since tried reusable pads, sponges, and several variations of menstrual cups. I'm not at all a fan of sponges because it just feels like a lubed up dish sponge in my vagina, and I'm not about that life. Pads are great when I'm 20 days into my heavy period, and just need to give my vagina a little break overnight, but otherwise, I'm not a huge fan of those either. One of the types of menstrual cups I tried, is the JuJu Cup.

I picked up a JuJu Cup at Easter CarnLIVal, and have given myself a fair few menstrual cycles to test it out before sitting down to write this. 



JuJu is an Australian brand, with a core mission to "provide individuals with a healthier, greener and more cost-effective alternative to disposable pads and tampons." They're not only period positive but are also heavily focused on creating reusable sanitary products at no cost to the environment. I think the menstrual cup is slowly but surely making its way into the mainstream (if you will) and that can only be a good thing. In an ideal world, I'd love to see pads and tampons phased out and replaced with reusable products. Let's face it, who wants to rip out their fucking pubes on sticky disposable pads, or pull out a dry, half-used tampon on the last day of your flow. If my vagina could scream, it would scream at the thought of a dry tampon, sucking up the last of its moisture. 


One thing I particularly like about the JuJu Cup is that it doesn't discolour as quickly as the Diva Cup does. It's made from clear medical grade silicone. As I'm sure you might be able to tell on the pictures, the cup has discoloured slightly and it doesn't go away even after boiling, which doesn't affect the usage at all. It's just a slight annoyance of mine.




When I use the Diva Cup, I find that even during my heaviest flows, I could comfortably wear it all day without any leaks. The JuJu Cup Model 1 holds 22ml to the brim, whereas the Diva Cup holds 30ml. That 8ml makes all the difference, because literally every time I wore the JuJu Cup, I had a leak. This wasn't a result of me using it incorrectly, or leaving it in any longer than I normally would. Not only did I have a hard time with leaks, I found it difficult to get out around 9/10 times I used it. As you'd expect, you kinda grab the stem and pull, but the stem is so fucking stretchy that I found it so infuriating to try and get a good grip of to actually get it out.

The JuJu Cup isn't a bad product. I think I could solve the leaking by using Model 2, rather than Model 1. I'm 26 now, so maybe my vagina just isn't what it used to be. I've never had this issue with any other cup I've used, so maybe my vagina is perfectly fine and their cup capacity could do with increasing.  Both Models of the Diva Cup (Model 1 for women under 30 that haven't given birth, and Model 2 for Women over 30 and/or that have given birth) have the same capacity of 30ml, just with a slightly different design. So why have JuJu taken 8ml off of their Model 1? If they're both suitable for women under 30 that haven't given birth, why is the JuJu Cup so much smaller?

I'll be honest, out of the menstrual cups I've tried, JuJu definitely wouldn't be my first choice. Just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for you. Purely because of the size, I think this might be more suited toward people who are intimidated by menstrual cups. It's a lot smaller than most others, so if it's the size that bothers you, JuJu is perfect to ease yourself in. For me though, I'm sticking firmly with my Diva Cup.


2 comments :

  1. Goes to show how different all the cups can be! I still can't bring myself to try one, I'm convinced it's going to get stuck and I know I will freak out and panic and probably make even more of a mess of the whole thing!


    Sarah :)

    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. It's definitely not as bad as you might think, but I totally get that these aren't for everyone. You should deffo try it at least once though!

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