Forget a boy and his dog—the real lifetime love story is a girl and her menstrual cup!
I was introduced to menstrual cups after I began blogging but, honestly, I wish I’d known about them a lot sooner.
Menstrual cups are a fantastic and yet rarely discussed option for women during their period. Like a tampon menstrual cups are inserted in to the body in order to prevent any leaks. However unlike a tampon this isn’t done through absorption but, instead, through simply naturally catching the flow in the cup which the user then removes and empties later.
For some this is a major deterrent from trying menstrual cups. Compared to some other sanitary products menstrual cups seem to demand a certain contact with our own flow which isn’t necessarily present in the most popular forms of menstrual care. But is this really a bad thing?
Ultimately it pays to be alert about one’s own menstrual cycle and the difference in the flow from one month to the next. By using a menstrual cup we can essentially reconnect with our own bodies and actually observe that which, for most of our lives, we were told to ignore, obscure, and simply let be absorbed in to highly wasteful one-use products before discarding them without much thought.
As such wearing a menstrual cup isn’t just a practical decision; it’s a radically self-loving one, where you give yourself permission to accept your body and its natural cycle without judgement or embarrassment.
Add to that the environmental benefits of not dumping away so many products and the monetary savings made from having a long-term sanitary product and menstrual cups become increasingly enticing to women who are capable of using insertable such products.
However, compared to picking up a pack of tampons or pads finding the right menstrual cup can be rather tricky. With menstrual cups being more of an up-front investment it pays to do your research and to find the right cup for you.
This had been something I’ve personally grappled with, as I’ve tried various different menstrual cups in my time as a reviewer. But now I think I’ve finally found my favourite cup. The cup to top all cups: The FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup.
The FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup
The FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is a relatively standard menstrual cup meant to sit inside the vagina and collect a person’s flow over the course of a few hours before being removed, cleaned, and reinserted.
When looking at a menstrual cup I like to consider a number of things—including material, ease of insertion, comfort during use, ease of removal, and (of course) just how well it prevents leaks. However there’s also an aesthetic element to menstrual cups which I think should be addressed to.
In general menstrual cups are a new venture for most users and purchasing one can seem rather daunting. As such appearance really does matter, as it can often be the difference between being put at ease by a cup and feeling like the process is too clinical or daunting (say, for example, if the cup looks rather medical or large).
With this in mind I really do adore the design of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup and feel it deserves a shout out in terms of visual appeal. While FemIntimate may be staying a little cliché with the baby pink coloration, the added swirls and designs on the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup give it that little extra touch which makes it feel approachable and comfortable. In fact the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup’s base section reminds me of a strawberry to some degree, or one of those vintage sun motifs. This gave the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup instant appeal to me before I had even used it and is a very nice touch.
Size-wise my FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is a small and comes in at a 5 inch circumference with about 2 inches of insertable cup length. Its retrieval cord (a little nozzle built in to the toy) is naturally 1 inches but can be trimmed shorter if desired. At this size the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup can hold 15ml of fluid. If this isn’t enough then FemIntimate also offer a 24ml cup for those with a heavier flow.
Personally I found the size of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup (Small) to work very well for me. When first unveiled it sits comfortably in the hand—again, dissuading any hesitations that new users might have.
As with most menstrual cups, the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is made of 100% platinum silicone making it non-porous, phthalate-free, and completely body-safe. It also means you don’t have to worry about toxic shock syndrome, which is sometimes linked to tampons.
The FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup can actually be worn for up to 12 hours before needing to be emptied, making it a great option even if you’re in for a long day. Because the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is made out of silicone it’s also extremely easy to clean. Grab some antibacterial soap or toy cleaner and rinse your cup out. Done. Alternatively boil it for a more thorough clean.
If you need to change your cup and you don’t have access to a private bathroom the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup can always be gently rinsed out with some bottled water too, or simply removed, emptied and reinserted. While this isn’t preferable long-term it does mean that inaccessibility to a private sink won’t hinder your use of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup.
There are multiple ways to insert menstrual cups but my favourite has always been to squish the cup in half, apply some water-based lubricant to it, and apply from there. This was my approach with the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup and it worked very well. Unlike most menstrual cups the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is actually made out of a glossy silicone (instead of a matte one) and this slides in to the body just as well as a steel or glass toy might.
Yet, despite this wonderfully slippery material, the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup also manages to stay firmly in place throughout use and feels comfortable while doing so. Granted, the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup felt a bit chunkier and less flimsy than some of my other menstrual cups but this just meant I had to squish it more during insertion. Once in place this chunky body can hardly be detected and I did have moments where I forgot I was wearing a menstrual cup at all, despite live tweeting about my experiences.
Ah, yes, let me elaborate on that a bit more.
This time round I decided that I would document my progress with the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup as I wore it throughout my period. As soon as I inserted it I realized that this cup was a very good fit for my body—comfortably opening up inside of me and staying in place without any increased cramping or pressure. In fact it was only when removing it on one occasion that I felt any pressure from this cup.
— Emmeline Peaches (@EmmelinePeaches) September 25, 2016
Now, I am not an inactive person. Quite far from it, in fact. I got on walks in the mornings, jog throughout the day, do yoga, and lift weights, and I was determined to put the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup through the paces. First I tried it with yoga. Inversions are generally avoided when menstruating but I did allow myself some downward dogs and their three legged variation during my first yoga session. In the afterglow I checked my underwear—bone dry. Not a single leak. This remained the same throughout every session.
— Emmeline Peaches (@EmmelinePeaches) September 24, 2016
Going out for walks and jogging I found similar results. Not once did my menstrual cup leak and I always felt happy and secure wearing it. In fact over time it seemed like I was going easy on the cup. My flow was certainly less heavy than usual, which was something that could have assisted the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup’s efforts.
Not afraid of a challenge I determined that the only way I would truly know the full capabilities of my FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is if I wore it through my kettlebell routine, without a panty liner on, with white underwear. Trial by cast iron. The ultimate versus.
And that’s just what I did. I thrusted multiple kettlebells in to the air, squatted, did cleans and curls, and deadlifted my way through the routine making sure that I didn’t hold back whatsoever. The result? My underwear was still so pearly white afterwards that I felt like it could be used as the ‘After’ shot in a washing detergent ad.
It was at this point that I decided the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup was my perfect cup.
— Emmeline Peaches (@EmmelinePeaches) September 26, 2016
For me this cup has everything: It looks nice, it’s easy to insert, easy to clean, comfortable during use, sturdy and well-designed and, most importantly, I found it to be 100% reliable no matter what I threw at it.
Not only that but there was an added bonus for me that actually threw me off guard. Typically I cut the nozzle of my menstrual cups off soon after getting them because they have always, without fail, irritated my vaginal opening. However the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup’s nozzle is so soft and squishy that I actually couldn’t feel it at all during use. There was no irritation and it was completely comfortable for me. This was a sincere first and just extended my love for the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup further.
Alas, no product is perfect and now two bodies are the same either and—even though I personally thing this cup is ‘the one’—even I can concede that the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is not without its flaws.
The biggest objective flaw of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup has to be its material and chunky build quality. Yes, these are both things that I love too but they’re kind of a double-edged sword.
Glossy silicone may be easy to insert but its slick and slippery nature means the same cannot be said about removal and taking the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup out may be a struggle for some. For me it took some getting used to but was okay after the first attempt. However for my good blogging friend, The Brunette Reviews, this cup was so difficult to get out that it was a real turn-off for the cup.
— Thebrunettereviews (@brunettereviews) October 2, 2016
This isn’t helped by the fact that the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup’s retrieval nozzle is so soft and stretchy that it doesn’t really work as a retrieval tool and you have to grip, squeeze and tug at the slippery base of the cup itself. Squeezing the base is something that is advised with most menstrual cups to make removal easier but the extra chunkiness of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup coupled with its smooth surface does make this a bit harder. How hard really depends on your body and personal experiences.
Outside of this I really can’t think of anything else wrong with the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup but it just goes to show you that even a cup like this won’t be flawless for everyone. You may well have different needs or preferences when it comes to sanitary products and it’s important to keep these in mind when finding the right cup. For some this may mean that the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is the wrong fit and the search goes on. For me I have just found my new monthly menstrual cup and it’s a kettlebell workout slayer to boot.
At £12.00 the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is a great menstrual cup for most people to at least give a chance. What I would say is that you know you dislike glossy silicone, or have never had any experience with inserting or removing objects from your body such as menstrual cups, then the slippery nature of the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup might be something to keep in mind.
It’s definitely something that you can adjust to in time but some may find that it’s too distressing for a first-time experience or simply not worth the hassle when there are matte silicone cups on the market.
Still, if you can look past this material detail then the FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup is probably the best menstrual cup I have ever tried and I highly recommend it to the right user.
People who like glossy silicone.
People who want a sturdier cup.
People who need a softer retrieval nozzle.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who dislike/have little experience with glossy silicone.
People who prefer softer cups.
People who like to feel their cup during use.
The FemIntimate Eve Menstrual Cup was provided to me by Knicker Rocker Glory in exchange for an honest review. If you like what I do and want to show your support then why not check out their site? They have an amazing range and I think you’ll love their recently revamped site design too.