Femmycycle – Review
I’d been curious to try one of these cups for a long time. Such an interesting design for this cup!
It comes with a CD – it shows a documentary about the Femmecap (contraceptive device made by the same company) and the Femmycycle menstrual cup – as well as a video about the cup and how to fold, insert and remove it. Probably not necessary to be honest, but it’s nice that they have the extra touch of the CD to give people a visual instruction on how to fold, for those who can’t look it up online.
The pouch is very different to the other cups pouches I’ve seen. It is made from the type of material that reusable shopping/grocery bags is made from. It also has a snap closure and a “gusset” – rather than just being a rectangle of cloth with sewn edges and drawstring like the others.
The cups themselves are surprisingly large. Very soft and squishy.
This cup has a… I don’t know what you’d call it… “anti-spill rim”?
That part pops out so that you can properly clean inside.
Here’s the Regular (large) size Femmycycle compared to the large size Juju (which was just the first large cup I grabbed), so you can see that compared to the conventional shape of menstrual cup, it’s quite a bit wider, and shorter.
Here are the “regular” and “Teen” versions compared to a large Lunette for reference of “squishyness”.
Wearing the cup…
I’ll be honest, I had 4 menstrual cups to test out this period, so I wasn’t able to wear each cup for a full cycle to be able to test it fully.
I tried the “regular” (large) size first. While the silicone itself is very soft, the extra “anti-leak” part around the rim makes that part a bit stiffer and thicker, so folding is probably about equal with one of the medium-squishyness cups in terms of the pressure needed to keep it folded.
I tried inserting it using the C fold while on the toilet, and I found I couldn’t get it to open up at all. But I’d also had trouble earlier in the day with the Lily Cup too, so I think at that time, it was an issue with the contours of my vagina as well as the size/squishyness/shape of the cup.
So I tried the “teen” (small) size. That seemed to open up ok, but because the base of the cup is so squishy and bulbous, and I couldn’t seem to find where the rim was to feel around there, I wasn’t sure. Normally I can tell by the way the base of the cup feels, if the rim is fully open or not… and normally I can reach up to the rim to feel there. I suspect this is something that I would find easier the more practice I have using this cup.
I figured I’d know if it wasn’t opened and sealing, if I leaked. I didn’t have any leaks, so it must have opened fine.
Normally I am aware of the feeling of the stem part of the cups after I first put them in, I was not able to feel the Femmycycle at all. While the feeling doesn’t normally bother me, not being able to feel it at all, is much nicer!
I wore it for several hours, and I’d checked a few times and no leaking – but after a few hours I could feel the telltale “bubbling” sort of feeling that let me know it was leaking. I did spill some when removing the cup – because the cup is so squishy, when you hold it to remove it, you’re like to so squish some out if it is too full, and the “anti-leak” guard thing can only do so much…. The cup was still about half full when I took it out to have a look – so it probably started leaking because it got too full. Either because it overflowed or maybe it got heavier and slipped down a bit? not sure.
I found it had ridden up quite high – I am used to wearing cups with a long stem – as I have short fingers and I presume a long vagina – so I need to be able to pull the cups down to better reach them, I was just able to reach the ring to pull it down, and I definitely prefer a ring stem to a ball or narrow stick stem – The ring was the perfect size to get a finger into to grab it, but yet I couldn’t feel it while inside me at all. So I was very impressed with that aspect.
I decided to try the large size out again, for overnight. I don’t normally wear cups overnight, but with so many to test – I felt I should wear it overnight. I didn’t have the same trouble as earlier in the day with getting it to open, it seemed to open up, but I still wasn’t completely sure. But I had no leaking at all overnight – the cup only got to about half full and I didn’t spill any when removing it – so I think the anti-spill spout feature does help reduce spillage when removing the cup – if you don’t let the cup get past about half full.
Cleaning was very easy – with no airholes to clean, it is simply a case of flipping up the spout thing, tipping out the blood, rinsing out the cup and you’re all good. Because of that spout part, you can actually give the cup a shake and swirl the water around inside it – which helps to get it clean – you can also stick your finger into the cup to wipe around the inside. I’m not sure I’d call it “fun” – but because of that ability to swish the water around, it was maybe the most “entertaining” cup to clean 😀 it made me think of how wine people swirl wine around in the goblet…. which made me giggle…. (I’m childish though!)
One aspect I appreciated was that I felt more secure being able to carry the cup around while it was full of blood. I know what sounds weird, but let me explain 🙂 See, our toilet is in a separate room to the bathroom where the sink is. I find that just emptying the cup into the toilet lets the blood sink to the bottom of the bowl and needs a second flush or a toilet brush to remove it (or you need to put toilet paper into the bowl first) …. So what I often do if the cup isn’t too full, is slowly put some toilet paper into the cup to soak up the blood, then put the toilet paper into the toilet…… but with this cup, I rested the cup in the end of a toilet roll while I finished up in the toilet (empty toilet paper rolls make perfect cup stands!), then I carried it into the bathroom and tipped the blood down the sink and gave the cup a good rinse. So I actually found that a more convenient way to empty it.
All in all… I was very impressed with this cup. It isn’t a cup I would have thought to buy if I was deciding on which cup to buy, since I must admit, it looked a bit weird and I wasn’t sure the anti-spill design was really needed. But after trying it, I found it to be more comfortable than other cups, easy to remove, easy to clean and less likely to spill. My only criticism would be the fact that I wasn’t able to tell if it was fully opened, but I think that would be something I would get used to the more I used the cup – whereas I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to spend getting used to the cups before writing this review.