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It's safe
And by safe I mean it doesn't leak, at all. Like, I can wear what underwear I want, including none, and there's no difference. I know pads are a hassle with underwear because they're big, but I think so are tampons. If you put in a tampon wrong, like at an angle, you're pretty much always gonna leak. Or like when the blood starts to travel along the string even though half of it isn't used.

It treats me good
I've never felt this fresh after a period. Back in the days when pads were the way for me there was always the smell and general smearing of blood. And when I used tampons my inner walls hurt and I felt really dry and damaged the days following - but it was still such a relief from pads. And in the same way the Fleurcup has been such a relief from tampons. I've been using my fleurcup for 11 days straight now because of my extra long period since I switched from NuvaRing to the IUS Jaydess (which I'll talk about in an upcoming post). Imagine what state my vagina would be in if I'd used tampons instead.

It costs less
Let's do a quick cost analysis of the purchase. I payed 299 SEK (37 USD, 25 GBP) plus 28 SEK (3,5 USD 2,3 GBP) for a bag. Usually a pack of 16 tampons is 30 SEK (3,75 USD, 2,5 GBP). So during a year I'd pay 360 SEK (45 USD, 30 GBP). Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years for 299 SEK, at which point I'd payed 3 600 SEK/450 USD/300 GBP for tampons. Jikes.

Also, did you know that tampons aren't recyclable?

The applicators itself takes 25 years to biodegrade, and we don't even know the time for tampons! Imagine that, as a woman, I menstruate 12-14 times a year, using approximately 4 tampons per 24 hours for 4 days. That's about 200 tampons a year. And the average woman menstruates for 30-40 years... So that's 3000-4000 tampons and applicators per person - that will inevitably affect the environment badly. And just imagine reducing 3000-4000 tampons to 3-4 menstrual cups???? I mean for me that's reason enough to buy one.

All in all, I love it, I've never felt this free or fresh during or after my period, 10/10 would recommend, I can't believe I haven't thought of using this earlier.

There are so many different models so there has got to be one for most types of vaginas. And look how pretty they are! I swear, my period would be at least 17 times better if I had a turquoise menstrual cup.

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I'm bleeding again. And to tell you why I have to begin by giving you some background information.

I've been using NuvaRing for about 1,5 years and ever since I've had problems like uti, bacterial vaginosis and three cases of yeast infections. I've been going to doctors and they've told me that it's normal and to use the prescription free medication at the pharmacy. Don't do that. It's bad for you.

So as of 3 weeks ago, I had had enough and I finally got an appointment with the city's midwife who basically said "yeah, it's probably the NuvaRing but I can't say for sure so I'm sending you to the gynaecologist, so don't put a new one in". I was in the middle of my period week so I didn't put in a new one that weekend. And then my boyfriend and I had sex because neither of us thought about it because of, well, lust got in the way. Once we stopped and thought about it a few minutes after, we realised the mistake and decided to go to the pharmacy and buy a day after pill.

Now for the part about things people don't tell you


First of all, day after pills work in a way that they delay your ovulation so that the sperm die before the actual ovulation. Because sperms can live in your body for up to 120 hours. So the day after pill doesn't prevent pregnancy if you're already ovulating.

Second of all, after you've taken the pill, you can get a period-like bleeding a few days later, headache and cramps. And that's what I've gotten right now. Five days after taking the pill I woke up at 5, with cramps and a very heavy flow, heavier than I ever have during my actual period. Luckily I had already read about this happening, so I just went up, put in my Fleurcup and went back to sleep for another 5 hours.

All in all, I can say that I'm not having a pleasurable experience except for the fact that my cup still doesn't leak, even with the heavier flow.

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The final countdown *du du duuu du*

My fourth period day usually consists of being in this weird limbo between wearing a tampon and not bleed at all or not wearing a tampon and stain my panties. None of which is a desired scenario. And most importantly, oral sex is a no-go because I get very conscious about there possibly being blood. You get the feeling.

So I decided to wear the cup the entire day just in case, and emptied it every fourth hour. And you know what? I'm less disgusted by period than I was before. Don't get me wrong, I can talk about periods and I never go "eww! Nasty! Vagina blood!", but let's be real, no one wants to have anything to do with the period once it's out. Like used tampons, wrap that shit up quickly and throw it in the trash can.

Like I've said I always had the idea of the blood being lumpy and/gooey, especially on the last day. But, it's not. It's still runny and just falls out of the cup when you empty it. I literally went "huh, that's not so bad after all", and for me, that's an important step to accept the period for what it is, and learn to appreciate it even if it's annoying. Periods are your body's way of saying "I'm alright, everything is in order, and I'm not carrying a baby". Celebrate that, people.

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Okay so today was the heavy flow day for me and once again I kept emptying it every fourth hour during the day. And again, no spill. I'm actually surprised by how small the amount of blood is, and how liquid it is because it doesn't come in contact with air.

We all know those little blood baby-blobs that come out when you wear a pad, and I was expecting to see those because the body still has to discard the endometrium. But no, it's more of a slime. Think really runny snot and you have the right consistency.

So I'd say the empty every fourth hour is valuable because you can really see how much you actually bleed. Remember that you usually bleed 20-80ml over the entire span of days when you have your period, so I know it wasn't much, but it's still quite an eyeopener.

Today's fail consisted of me managing to somehow flick the cup when I had cleaned it so it landed under the bathtub. Not really the situation you want to be in when your vagina is seemingly spewing blood at the smallest cough.

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Second day of wearing the fleurcup went just as well as the first one. I slept through the night and woke up with no spill, which is definitely above expectations since most sites say that you shouldn't sleep with it in before you're sure on how to get it in without it leaking.

I didn't wear a pad today because I really hate wearing them, and again, no spill, not a single drop. However, I did manage to drop the cup in the toilet at work, so I haven't quite got the hang of how to handle the cup once it's out. But I guess practice makes perfect and you do get to practice it quite a lot since you empty it every 4th hour in the beginning.

How do I clean it? It feels so unsanitary!
After taking it out you either dump the blood in the toilet or the sink (I prefer the toilet so I don't spill anything on the floor) and then wipe it clean with some paper or run it under the sink. It is important however to always boil your cup before using it for the first time and sometimes between periods. I put mine inside of a balloon whisk to prevent it from coming in contact with the bottom of the pan and possibly melt.

Also, since the cup is made out of medical silicone, bacteria have a hard time growing on them, so as long as you clean it thoroughly after every period, it should be safe.

But how do I store it?
The cup should be stored in a dark, non-closed space, that is; not out in the sun and not in a plastic bag. It could be a box, drawer or anything really, as long as it's dry and not airtight.

Tip: Get one of those textile bags to put it in when you're not on your period and put the bag in a drawer, it'll last longer!

As for the state of my vagina, I'd say it's already better than when I use a tampon. I usually have a very low flow the second and fourth day, and then the tampon (no matter what size) sometimes hurt to put in because the walls get so dry. But now I feel nothing, the cup doesn't dry things out and feels very gentle on the inner walls.

So far: 10/10 would recommend, I love it

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Hello again, this week's topic is going to be menstruation cups, or more precisely; the small fleurcup.

So if you don't know what a menstruation cup is, it is a small cup made 100% out of medical silicone and a great replacement of the good ol' tampon. I've been using tampons since I was 17 I think, so for 4 years, and before that I used pads and let me tell you, it is just a big of a relief to go from a tampon to a menstruation cup as it is to go from pads to tampons.

Why should I even buy it? It's sooo expensive.
Yes, it is a bit expensive. I payed 299 SEK for mine (~37 USD or 25 GBP) so it is a bit of an investment, BUT I usually go through a package of tampons every month á 30 SEK (30 x 12 = 360 SEK/year). AND a menstruation cut has a lifespan of 6-10 YEARS. You just have to buy the right size and brand for your body, I got help from http://menskoppen.se/enkat-menskopp .

But it can be a bit of a hassle to get used to putting it in and getting it out. There are several different folding techniques and you simply try until you find one that suits you. Personally, I use the punch-fold.


Like I said, it takes some time to learn and the first thing I did when putting it in was to lose my grip so it unfolded right in the opening. That hurt like a bitch honestly, so I tried again, didn't get it quite right that time either (the bottom was sticking out). So I took it out and cut of the spike thingy completely and tried again, and that time it worked.

Fast forward 4 hours and it was time to remove this thing, and after reading how to do it I pinched and twisted and.. Dropped in the toilet. Yup. I dropped it, luckily on a small pile of paper, but still. Uhm, so that was a bit of a fail, but the rest of the day went great actually, it didn't leak (I was wearing a pad just in case) and I didn't feel it in at all while at work. Overall very happy with the result, it definitely went above expectations.

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So, about a week ago Donald Trump basically won super Tuesday on the republican side. And I can't really say that I'm surprised.

Trump might have the most successful PR, either that or he's actually as much of a shit as he makes himself out to be.

Think about it. He says all of these outrageous things, which gives him attention, denies them but has a clear goals with his presidentness. He wants to build a wall, he wants to shut out Muslims, and maybe that's what his supporters like, that he's got specific goals. We've even gotten to the point where he can say what he's going to do without actually saying anything.

(Trump during a debate with Rubio about insurances)
You'll have many different plans. You'll have competition, you'll have so many different plans.
But now he's repeating himself
No I'm not repeating myself. No no no no no no no no no no no. I'm not repeating myself.

Honestly, that sounds like me when I'm trying to bullshit my way through an essay.

But then on the other hand this is a very effective rhetorical method used by, if not all, the majority of the president candidates. You repeat one short and powerful sentence to get the message to stick. We have Obama's Yes we can, Trump's Make Americe great again, Sanders' A future to believe in, etc.. So, again, is Trump really the moron he seems to be, or does he know exactly what he's doing?

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