Fun Factory Fun Cup: switching to a menstrual cup could absolutely change your life and save you money!
So, I’m sure everyone has heard all about menstrual cups and the stigma around them. I’ve had a lot of people come into the store and ask me “wouldn’t that hurt?” or “isn’t it gross?”. My immediate answer to both of these questions is absolutely not!
Wearing a menstrual cup can be slightly awkward to wear at the very start but this is the case with tampons as well. Everyone has been in that situation of starting to wear tampons. And not exactly knowing how to feel about it. But eventually you get use to it. It becomes a normal and convenient thing because of course you can do pretty much anything with a tampon i.e. sports, swimming, exercising etc.
What is a menstrual cup?
For those who don’t know what a menstrual cup or have never heard of them before, let me give you a quick rundown.
A menstrual cup is a silicone cone shaped cup that is inserted into the vagina during THAT time of the month. There are usually two or three different sizes for these cups which depend on age and if you have had children.
These cups, (once inserted) create a seal in the vaginal canal stopping any blood from getting through. A cup has a tail or grip on the bottom end, this is where you would pinch and pull to remove the cup.
Fun Factory Fun Cup
So, what is so good about the Fun Factory Cup you ask? Well let me tell you.
- It is made of body safe silicone which means the feeling of this silicone is extremely soft. Therefore it wont stick to the skin or feel rough down there while inserting or removing.
- Fun Cup is also a 100% vegan product so we can have peace of mind knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of the cup.
- Also comes with antimicrobial bag for hygienic storage during the time of not using it.
- Pack in which the cup comes in actually comes with two cups one 20ml (Cup A) and one 30ml (Cup B). These two cups give the buyer a choice on either size.
- Usually sizes are determined by age. For example if the buyer was 18 – 25 years of age with no children she would in most cases only need cup A as it is smaller. Whereas if the buyer was a 25 – 40-year-old mother she would in most cases need cup B as the vaginal canal would be wider. But also cup B can hold more. Which also means if the buyer was 18 – 25 with an extremely heavy flow she would be able to use cup B and it would still be effective.
How to Use the Menstrual Cup
- To insert the cup, you simply fold it in half and with two fingers holding the cup folded.
- Push it up as far as possible and let it pop back out to create the seal.
- Your muscles will naturally move the cup further up so don’t freak out if you can’t feel it. It is physically impossible for you to lose it up there.
- To remove the cup, with the same two fingers, feel for the base of the cup.
- Pinch in the sides and slowly pull it out. I’d suggest doing this on the toilet or in the shower to prevent mess.
Benefits of switching to the Fun Cup
Switching to a menstrual cup has a lot of benefits with it.
- To start with, a cup can be worn for up to 12 hours unlike tampons which can only be worn for a maximum for 4 hours or pads which can fill up pretty fast.
- Wearing the Fun Cup also means there is little to no risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). Which is a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection which comes from wearing or leaving in a superabsorbent tampon for longer than recommended.
- As the cup is made of silicone there is no risk of irritation or infection unless of course you’re allergic to silicone. Or you don’t clean the cup properly after use.
Another benefit of wearing a cup is the smell.
Everyone who has experienced that time of the month. And used any kind of feminine hygiene product would be familiar with that horrible metallic smell when changing it over to a new one.
With the Fun Cup there’s no smell! That smell usually comes from a chemical reaction that happens between the bodily fluids and the absorbent product whether it is a tampon or a pad. These products also usually contain some kind of bleach to make them white. Which again isn’t exactly safe for the body.
With the Fun Cup you can still do everything in your daily routine.
YES! you can exercise, swim, play sports. And absolutely wear whatever your heart desires without worrying about leakage or even water absorbing into the product.
Another great thing about the Fun Cup is although your initial purchase may cost you more than a box of pads or tampons. In the long run, you will save a bomb of money by not having to purchase feminine products each month and you’ll never be caught by surprise.
That means no more sending your partner down to the shops to get you some! And with the added bonus that a menstrual cup only needs to be replaced every 10 years. That’s 120 months’ worth of money not spent on feminine products.
Cleaning your cup
In order to properly clean your menstrual cup, I’d recommend buying a small pot or metal container that can be put onto the stove.
You’re not going to want to use this pot for anything else. Fill the pot up with water. Wait for it to boil, which then you can put the rinsed Fun Cup into the boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes.
Boiling water will sterilise the cup. And kill any bacteria that may be on it. Meaning next time you are ready to use the cup it will be clean, sterile and ready to go.
Summary of the Fun Cup
I highly recommend switching to the Fun Cup!
- Reduced risk of infection.
- All day wear.
- Little to no smell.
- Still do everything you normally would.
- No need to buys pads or tampons each month anymore.
- Only needs replacing every 10 years.
Pack comes with two cups one 20ml and one 30ml. So if you don’t have children but are planning on having kids one day that’s perfect. You’re already set and won’t need to buy another one for a long while.
Fun Cup is an amazing product
I think with an open mind, could change any woman’s life!
The Fun Cup
Without delving into the embedded patriarcal society in which we all live the Fun Cup alleviates the stigma involved with all things menstruation.
Most men don’t even understand the basic principle of a period. Being the ejected blood, mucus and tissue by the uterus. Materials it was preparing ready to fertilize an egg, but when the ovum isn’t fertilised, this is all expelled through the cervix.
So it’s really no surprise that not much research has historically been done into how to manage this monthly flow. It wasn’t really until toxic shock syndrome hit the headlines in the 80s. Women started to look for an alternative to those disposable products like tampons.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
Which is where the menstral cup, or diva cup, comes into play.
Unlike a tampon or a pad which are designed to soak up period blood, a menstrual cup ‘catches’ it. And while there is now a wide range of these cups on the market, the Fun Cup just might be the best option out there.
Designed and manufactured by brilliant Fun Factory a German company, home of some of your favourite vibrators and sex toys. Fun Cup is their innovative entry into this growing market. It is a 100% medical grade silicone. And is a far better design than all those others, that haven’t changed their design since the 90s!
Why use a menstrual cup?
Tampons can dry you out and cause micro-tears, leaving you more susceptible to infection. Fun Cup is gentle on your skin and great for your well-being.
A menstrual cup can hold 4-6 times the amount of a tampon, and once cleaned, is reusable for years to come. As such, the Fun Cup is a lot more eco-friendly than disposable products. Better for the environment is better for everyone. Given the expense of disposable products, the Fun Cup will pay for itself within about six months. Saving money is always a good thing (more money to spend on sex toys!).
Choosing the right menstrual cup
There are a few important things to keep in mind about finding the right menstrual cup. Since it can be worn for around ten hours, it wants to be comfortable.
Menstrual cups should sit snugly within the vaginal canal, just below the cervix. If it is touching the cervix, it can be dislodged. Which is going to be both uncomfortable and messy. And means your menstrual cup doesn’t fit properly.
This is why, with the Fun Cup Explore Kit, there is one of each of their two sizes included – Size A and Size B.
- Size A is 5.3cm long with a 4cm diameter and holds 20 ml and is great for those with a lighter flow or those with a shallower vaginal canal.
- Larger Size B, 5.8cm long, 4.3cm diameter and holding 30 ml, is better suited to those with a longer vaginial canal or during a heavy flow.
Fun Cup has also been designed to better fit your anatomy
As well as provide greater comfort and leakage protection. Most menstrual cups also have that pokey tail hanging beneath the bell shape. While the Fun Cup has a tapered tip with small grooves to better get a grip on it for removal.
How to use a Menstrual Cup
This is where most people hesitate about the idea of using a menstrual cup. There’s a bit of a learning curve to inserting a menstrual cup, but you’ll have it mastered in no time.
Inserting your Fun Cup
- Start by sitting on the toilet with your legs apart, or standing with one leg propped up.
- Fold your cup, either with a C-fold or a punch-fold, and insert into your vagina, scooping it back towards your spine.
- If you’re having a lighter period, or to make things easier, apply a little water based lubricant to the cup.
- Once inserted, release the cup, and it will unfold inside you.
- By bearing down with your muscles and twisting the cup back and forth, you’ll create a seal.
- Give a gentle tug to ensure it is secure.
Removing your Fun Cup
- You can either reach in and press the tip of your cup with your finger.
- Or alternatively bare down with your muscles and pinch the tip.
- Gently pull the cup out and tip its contents down the toilet, or down the drain if you’re in the shower.
- This whole tipping out the contents is where some women feel they want to turn their noses up at diva cups. But at the same time, many women enjoy the fact that they can keep a better eye on how things are going.
Cleaning your Fun Cup
With a mild unscented soap, rinse and wash out your cup before reinserting it, or storing it in the included antimicrobial Tyvek bag. If you’re on the go and emptying your cup in a cubicle, just wipe it out with some toilet paper before reinserting it.
If you’d like to keep your cup extra clean between periods, boil it for three minutes. Allow it to dry before returning it to your Tyvek bag. Fun cup is available at the adultlifestyle sex toy stores Sydney.