Review of the New Tampax Menstrual Cup (2018)
It's worthy of all vaginas!
Tampax Cup Review (2018)
Since their introduction in 1931, these tampons have lined the shelves of convenience stores everywhere.
My grandmas used them, my mom used them, I use them, and my younger sisters use them. They've been a household brand in my family for as long as I can remember.
But the times, they are a changing, and Tampax is changing along with them. As more and more women ditch their pads and tampons for a menstrual cup, Tampax has expanded their product line to include their very own menstrual cup that was co-designed with an OB/GYN.
The lovely people at Tampax even reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in trying their menstrual cup. I've been curious about using the Diva Cup for quite some time now, but never made the switch. So when they reached out, I responded to their email quicker than they sent it.
About the Tampax Menstrual Cup
With over 80 years of period protection expertise, it makes sense that Tampax would design their own menstrual cup. They're a name many women trust when deciding to buy which tampons for the month. And ladies, let's be honest, how often do we switch which types of tampons we buy? Exactly.
Co-designed with an OB/GYN, Tampax didn't play around when they set out to create a menstrual cup that worked for every type of vagina. They didn't reinvent the wheel, but they did utilize a SoftCurve™ shape that provides a snug, soft fit to reduce pressure on your bladder so you get up to 12 hours of Comfort-Fit protection for your period.
That's just fancy talk for it'll stay in place for a whole day without you having to worry about leaks or changing it every couple of hours.
If you're worried about sticking this into your body, fret not. Tampax Menstrual Cup is made of 100 percent medical-grade silicone and doesn't contain dyes, perfume, BPA, or latex. It's safe to use, though you might want to chat about it with your own OB/GYN first, because every body is different.
My Experience With the Tampax Menstrual Cup
My menstrual cup arrived the day I started my latest cycle, further proving timing really is everything. I was given the starter kit, which contains a cup for regular and heavy flows, along with a carrying case and 10 scented wipes.
I'll admit, I was very nervous to try it, mainly because I didn't know how I'd even get it into my vagina in the first place. Tampons are easy to insert, but a menstrual cup is a bit larger and needs to be folded in a way you can easily slip it in.
After boiling the cup in water to clean it, it was time to get down to business. Inside the box, Tampax had a pamphlet which stated the two different insertion methods you could try: U Fold or Push Down Fold.
The U Fold calls for you to press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again, forming a tight U shape. I tried that one first, but it didn't go as well as I had hoped. For lack of better words, I just couldn't get it in.
Next, I tried the Push Down Fold. For this one, you place a finger on the top rim of the cup and press it down into the center of the inside base to form a triangle. This makes the top rim much smaller to insert. This way worked on the second try for me, easily being able to slide it on up into my vagina.
I know explaining how to do it doesn't help, so here's a video on the different insertion methods for you to watch and learn:
Once it's in, that's when the real fun begins. You have to move it around to make sure it's actually suctioned on in there and won't leak. That was very weird to do and took a few tries to get used to, but once I got the hang of it, it was rather easy to do on the other days of my cycle.
After I made sure it was securely in place, I popped on out of the bathroom and went on with my day. I was shocked by how I didn't feel the cup in there. I knew it was there, but I couldn't feel it at all, no matter which way I contorted my body to try and feel it. It was amazing. And being able to wear it for 12 hours a day was fantastic. I would wear it through the night, rinse it out with warm water and non-scented soap in the mornings, then pop it right back in before going to work. When I got home in the evenings, I'd take it out. Now, that part was actually more difficult than getting it in, if you can believe it.
The first time I did it was in the shower and I had to do this crunch-like motion with my body to push it out of my vagina. Once I was able to do that, I pulled it on out and a fair amount of period blood got all over my shower. Thankfully, I was able to clean it up (because I was in the shower), so my roommate had no idea. If you're reading this now, Brittney, I'm so sorry.
As my cycle continued, it became easier and easier to take out. Though I always made sure to do it in the shower after that first fatal fiasco.
I have to say, even after just one cycle-long use of the Tampax cup, I'll probably never go back to tampons or pads, for that matter.
Once you use it, it becomes so easy to insert and remove. Not to mention, you can wear it for a full day and take it out in the privacy of your own home. Knowing how much money I'll safe not having to refill my tampons and pads supply, too, is yet another reason why I've fully committed the Tampax Menstrual Cup.
It's everything I could hope for from a period product.
If you'd like to try the cup yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon here. (Yes, this is an affiliate link and yes we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from it.)