If I ever checked my LaliCup menstrual cup and saw blue fluid instead of red blood, I think I would have a mini heart attack!
So why do so many sanitary product manufacturers feel the need to use blue liquid when denoting menstrual blood?
What is so disgusting about this red colour that compels ad makers to use a vibrant blue colour that is not naturally occurring in a human body at all?
Advertisements for period products are often silly and unrealistic scenarios, portraying women dancing around in their compulsory white trousers having the best time of their lives.
It is hard to imagine these ads were written by people who have heard of cramps and other discomforts during menstruation let alone had periods themselves. However, for many, these ads are an important and often the only source of information on this topic.
Such advertising reaches a huge audience and has the power to either spread stigma and shame around menstruation or to inform and empower viewers about the reality of periods.
The ubiquitous blue liquid used in many an ad sends mixed signals to young people about what periods are. Not to mention that it subtly suggests period blood is too disgusting to show on TV.
Isn’t it ironic that you could watch a commercial break with “blue period blood” and after that, you would continue on watching a show – sports, medical dramas, action or horror films – where blood (yes, the normal kind) is an everyday occurrence.
I would argue that even bigger issue regarding period representation than a silly blue dye in commercials, but this is a can of worms that we will save for another time.
Do not get me wrong, I am not advocating for period blood to be blasted onto every photo, every commercial and conversation we have… but we do have to take the opportunity to speak about our bodies – what is normal and what is not – and maybe things will gradually change, and the information will not be given through the lens of the blue dye of shame.
What do you think about this topic? I am very much interested in your opinion.
– insertion, which is supposed to be uncomfortable and painful – usefulness during sports and during sleep – removal of the cup, after which everything is supposed to be bloody, especially when we want to empty it in the public toilet
Away with prejudices
prejudice # 1: painful insertion Period cups are made of soft medical silicone so that they can be easily folded to a smaller size and consequently inserted into the vagina. There is a plethora of different folding methods that allow insertion without discomfort or pain. You should not feel the cup when properly installed.
prejudice # 2: sport and sleep With a gentle vacuum, the cup securely anchors itself in place, so you can comfortably and safely engage in different sports activities, travel, sleep and even swimming as it can be used as a water tampon to prevent water from entering the vagina.
prejudice # 3: cup removal The shape of the cup and the holes at the top ensure safe and reliable blood collection during wearing. This way you can quickly remove the cup without any spillage by squeezing the bottom of the cup.
You also do not need to worry when emptying the menstrual cup in public toilets. Simply pour the contents into the toilet bowl and clean the period cupby rinsing with a bottle of water over the toilet bowl or using a cleaning wipe.
That is probably one of the biggest fears of new menstrual cup users. Picture this scenario: you decided to take your LaliCup out and … *dramatic pause* it isn’t there anymore! Well, that was a short-lived cup experience, bye-bye cup, it was nice knowing you.
All jokes aside, it’s impossible for your LaliCup to pass through your cervix so it can never truly get lost inside of you.
Did you know that the cervix literally means “neck of the uterus”? It is the lower part of the uterus and acts as a gateway between the vagina and the main body of the uterus. The cervix also affects the placement of your Lalicup period cup so it will perform its task effectively and without discomfort.
Check the picture below the circled part is the cervix.
How can you determine the location of your cervix?
To determine where your cervix sits insert a clean finger inside your vagina. Slowly move your finger deeper past the pelvic bone and so-called „empty space” of the vagina (around 5 cm). After you have passed the vaginal canal with your finger, you will find a round nub with a bump in the middle that (during your menstruation) feels like the tip of your nose – that is your cervix.
You finally decided to take the plunge and purchase LaliCup. Hurray, welcome to the club! 🥳 But after testing it a couple of times you can still find a blood drop or two on your panties and, let’s face it, there is nothing quite as frustrating as a leaking menstrual cup.
So, should you lose hope in all menstrual cups? Absolutely not! Leaks are super easy to troubleshoot and fix once you’ve figured out why they occur.
The biggest reasons for leaking cups:
· You are a new cup user and getting used to a period cup may very well just be a part of the learning curve.
· The cup is too small. When purchasing a menstrual cup, you ought to consider a few factors: have you given birth, do you have strong pelvic floor muscles, are you already sexually active…
· The cup isn’t inserted properly. After insertion LaliCup will ‘pop’ open and form a watertight seal. If the cup hasn’t opened completely, try using a different folding technique. We have a bunch of short instructional videos on the most common folding methods that you can check here.
· Did you check your cervix height? If the cervix sits low in the vagina we recommend a smaller cup. In case you cannot touch your cervix with a finger, don’t fret, we created the XL/high cervix model just for you.
Ready to throw in the towel anyway? I get it, one can only deal with a limited amount of failed attempts. You might need to put the cup on the side-line for a moment and try again later. Regardless, we’ve got you covered. You can find different alternatives in our store from period panties to washable pads until you are ready to give the cup another go.
Has it ever happened to you that you checked your period app only to notice that your period should have started already? And, let’s be honest, now you are ever so slightly panicking inside. Don’t worry! Normal cycle is more of a spectrum than anything else. It usually lasts somewhere between 3-7 days, with a blood loss of around 4 tablespoons in total. However, nothing is set in stone, as some people have lighter/heavier periods than others, and it can even vary from cycle to cycle. A general rule of thumb is that a period is considered late if it is delayed by 7 days or more.
Stress may be one of the biggest reasons for your period coming later than usual. Having a manageable amount of stress in your life is absolutely normal but excessive levels of either physical or mental stress can have different effects on your body, one of them being delayed period.
How to get back on track?
– Make time to relax. Whatever floats your boat meditation, journaling, colouring books… – go for it! – Track your moods, changes in diet or big life events in order to better identify some of your stressors. – Cut back on caffeine and alcohol as both can increase cortisol levels. – Prioritize healthy sleep we often focus on quantity and forget about quality, a good night routine may help your body fall into a proper sleep rhythm.
Due to the pandemic, people’s lives turned upside down. We have been thinking of how we can help to improve the situation a bit for quite some time now, so we decided to donate 30 cups. We teamed up with lovely ladies at the Social Work Centre in Ljubljana, who will make sure the cups will end up in the right hands, as every woman, regardless of her economic status, deserves at least a carefree period.
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY
The 28th of May is just around the corner. What is the significance of this day you might ask?
For some, period may simply be an inconvenience they do not pay much attention to. But for millions of others, this natural cycle can equate to abuse, feeling of shame and missed opportunity. That is why we are happy that days like this exist as on menstrual hygiene day different events and activities are organized by non-profit organisations around the world, ranging from concerts to raise awareness to educational classes in schools, all to increase and build healthy discussions around this topic.
Fun fact: Why this date? The average duration of the menstrual cycle is 28 days, and women bleed about five days a month, so 28th May is the ideal date to raise awareness of such an important topic.
Let me guess what happens when I say period panties. The first thing that pops into your mind are pants that resemble adult diapers. Am I right? Well let me debunk this myth for you – there are many different types of period underwear and one of them will surely fit your needs.
LaliPanties are nothing like the adult diapers you’re probably picturing. They feel just like normal underwear; the only difference you might notice is a special layer that stops all the potential blood droplets. Depending on how heavy your flow is, period panties might not be absorbent enough, so we honestly believe that LaliPanties and LaliCup are a match made in heaven. LaliPanties are washable and reusable, making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary products. Not to mention their cute patterns that make periods more fun.
Soch are primarily meant for heavy flow, postpartum bleeding, incontinence or mild urine leakage. The panties are made from absorbent fabric and a leakproof layer protecting from leakage. The sanitary pad (already sewn into the panties) offers even more protection so you can feel protected regardless of how heavy your flow is.
Emilla period scrundies contain a leak-proof layer as well as a soaker pad sewn inside. Because of that, there is no need to use any extra pads. Thanks to the carefully planned design with an air pocket this period underwear dries quickly after washing. You can use them for a light to moderate flow, as a cup backup or for moderate incontinence problems. They come in many different fun designs that will put a smile on your face for sure. Their snug and comfy fit is perfect for when you are bloated or having cramps on your period.