For the last three month’s I have been trialling TOTM’s new menstrual cup when I am on my period, this blog post will give you a comprehensive overview of the cup itself, why using a cup is great, and whether or not I would recommend you buy it.

To start off with, before I got this cup to try, I was already using another menstrual cup called the Mooncup, which I wasn’t getting on with, so I was really hoping that TOTM’s cup would live up to my expectations, as I was unable to carry on using the other cup I’d been trying out.

First Appearances:

Amongst the many things you might be inclined to place inside your vagina, I personally think that TOTM nailed it on the aesthetic front, fuchsia is actually one of my favourite colours and I generally think the fact it’s pretty does make it slightly easier to transfer over to using one.

Unlike the previous cup I was using TOTM is made from TPE instead of silicone (commonly menstrual cups are made from one of the two), I actually prefer the texture of TPE with this cup, it’s must more malleable, and one of the issues I was having with the other cup that’s made from silicone was that it was hurting when I removed it. Here’s a comprehensive post telling you the difference between silicone and TPE.

It also comes in a really cute bag and mine says ‘Be Kinder To Your Vagina’ on it which is ace and definitely won them some brownie points!

How The Cup Works:

For a more in-depth explanation on how to use a menstrual cup and my thoughts in general, you can check out this YouTube video here.

The TOTM cup comes in three different sizes, and you can check which one you will need by reading their criteria on the website (please note that they’re rough and generic estimates, for example, I use Cup 1 even though it’s designed for under 18 year olds who haven’t had sex yet (major LOLs).

The cup comes with air holes that allow you to make and break the seal, and it also comes with a little stem at the bottom that you can use to pull the cup down. As my cervix is quite low down, I have fully cut the stem off my cup because otherwise I find it irritating around the entrance to my vajayjay (sorry there’s no fun or non awkward way to discuss this). Due to the texture and material it is easily foldable and I found it very easy to place the cup inside. I also find it very easy to remove it.

When you get it you need to boil it in water for 5 minutes to disinfect it, and I then do this half way through my period (as my period lasts for 7-9 days on average) and then at the end of your period.

Have I Enjoyed Using The Cup?

Yes definitely! It 100% took some getting used to and I kept wondering if I was using it right. I also initially ordered the Cup 2 which is recommended for me based on my age, but it was waaay too big, so had to then order a Cup 1, which fits perfectly.

I have to still wear a panty liner at the start of my period as I have a very heavy flow and have noticed some spotting, however TOTM do great organic cotton liners, or I have recently discovered these period pants, which are great!

I also notice that towards the end of my period, where I’ve been using a cup for over a week, I tend to get a little bit sore, which is something that didn’t tend to happen with tampons, so I am working on reducing my usage of the cup at night time towards the end of my period and using panty liners or small pads instead. Think about how long it took you as a young girl to accustom to wearing tampons, I imagine it will be a similar transition for us as adults!

Benefits of TOTM’s Menstrual Cup

  • It’s cute
  • It’s environmentally friendly – you reduce your waste
  • You save money – yes it potentially seems expensive to be spending £20 on a cup, but within a few months you’ll already have saved money and you will continue to save over the years
  • You get to understand your body and your period better
  • It’s far healthier than tampons which leave behind fibres
  • TOTM are an awesome company with some fantastic values that align with my own, you can read more here

Should You Invest in a TOTM Menstrual Cup?

The bottom panty line… (hehe), yes! If you are a woman/human being who has menstrual bleeding I would 100% recommend trialling this cup. There are of course loads of different brands, and I am not saying that this cup is THE best one out there, as we are all different, but this is just the one that I happen to get along with the best and I am happy to continue using it!

Do you use a cup? Have you thought about using one? Have you tried and decided it’s not for you? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below!

Hey there guys! I am back (post blog hack which had me down for a month!) and I am bringing you five easy tips to becoming more eco friendly. It makes me so happy that bloggers have started to push the idea of being eco friendly and helping our environment out to their followers, and as it’s something I am super passionate about I thought it only made sense to do the same! So here are five really simple ways you can be more environmentally friendly:

1. Buy a Reusable Coffee Cup

Ditch the takeaway coffee cups, they’re not recyclable here in the UK as to make them waterproof they have a plastic lining within the cup, and whilst places like Costa have started to recycle them themselves, chances are most people don’t make the effort to hold onto that skanky used cup until they reach another Costa. So it’s best to invest in your own cup or flask that you can use everyday.

I have a KeepCup and I loooove mine! Also, loads of places like Starbucks, Costa and Pret give you a discount on your coffee when you use your own cup. Obviously there are other brands out there but this is just one that I’ve been recommended and have invested in and haven’t regretted.

2. Avoid Buying Plastic Bottles and Get a Refillable One

Every year the average UK household uses around 480 plastic bottles, that comes to 35 million, YES MILLION, bottles per year used in the UK. And whilst you may be like ‘well actually Hannah I recycle all the ones I use’, my response is ‘recycling uses electricity, so maybe let’s avoid the entire thing altogether and just buy a reusable bottle’ ha! Got you there! I don’t really need to tell you where or which bottle to buy, there are loads of types, aim for BPA free, coz BPAs are the devil, but really as long as you are refilling your bottle and not forever buying a new bottle of Evian/Highland Springs/whatever, then you’re one step closer to being a little greener.

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I splashed out earlier this year and bought a S’well bottle, I went for plain white because I am boring and monochromatic but they have sooooo many designs. So if you want to look super fancy and also have an amazing water bottle (that keeps your water super chilled but ALSO can house hot water/alcohol) then head to S’well and have a look online, or go to Amazon and buy a cheaper less showy off version.

3. Recycle Correctly

Now I know what you’re thinking, if you’re reading this blog post chances are you care a bit about our planet, and you probably already recycle. The issue is that there’s still a lot of incorrect stuff being put into recycling bins here in the UK, and it’s been rising. So get clued up, check on your local council website to make sure you’re putting the right things in the right bags (and are using the right bags too!). Here’s an interesting article on the BBC all about it if you’re interested.

4. Reduce Your Consumption of Meat/Animal Products

I’m not going to tell you to go full blown vegan, I’m not preachy (kinda), but even introducing say two meat free days a week is not only going to save our little planet, but it will also keep your outgoings down (meat is ‘spenny you know), as well as probably make you feel a bit better. There are soooo many bloggers and cookbooks out there at the moment for constant inspiration!

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5. Say No To The Straw

Straws are PURE EVIL. They aren’t recyclable, they get stuck in turtles noses in the ocean (if you haven’t seen the video and want to be put off straws for life then Google it, it’s HORRIFIC), and they’re thought to stick around on our planet for 200 years, no doubt ending up in the stomachs of amazing animals. It’s so easy to say no a straw, we use them once and then they’re thrown away. My amazing friend bought me some bamboo straws from Bali when she went on holiday recently I’ve loved using them at home, I recently also bought myself a metal straw to take around with me in my bag (a lot of people have started doing this), it also comes with a straw cleaner which might not be something you instantly think about when you get one but that is vital.

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Have you got any tips? If you do leave some ideas in a comment, I’d love to hear more!