Should You Switch? Anytime Menstrual Cup Review

Most of us dread that time of the month when our period would come. For me, it would mean cramps, being uncomfortable, and worrying about leaks most of the time. I have come across menstrual cups on the internet several times—On Buzzfeed, twitter, Youtubers talking about it and other social media platforms. It got me interested since it has so many benefits. Although I am quite scared and I haven’t used tampons, I’m still willing to try it anyway.

I’m sure there are some of you who will find this weird, unconventional or have a strict belief, so it really depends on your preference.

Anyway, I have come across Anytime Menstrual Cups PH on Facebook and was quite ecstatic to know that someone sells these in our country. I got myself a purple one in the smaller size. (Type 1 for women under age 30 and Type 2 for those who have given birth in a natural way or those who are above 30 yo).

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The box includes the menstrual cup, a little pouch where you can store the cup, and information about the cup and instructions on how to use it.


What Is It?

International brand Anytime menstrual cup is made from soft medical grade silicone, manufactured in a FDA registered facility. It is reusable and designed to be easy to clean and comfortable to wear during menstruation.


Other Benefits:

  • Helps you save money than sanitary napkins- can be used for years
  • Healthier alternative to sanitary pads and tampons
  • Does not alter the pH & flora balance of the vagina
  • Reusable, ecological and economical
  • Can be worn on various physical activities such as swimming
  • No more odors – feel fresh
  • Does not cause dryness
  • Can be worn up to 8 hours
  • Comfortable, convenient & easy to use

How to Use:

  • Clean it with water alone or with a mild water based soap. You can also boil it in an open pot for 5-10 minutes with lots of water.
  • Fold it the way you prefer. Personally, I use the punch-down fold cos I find it easier. There are other types of folds aside from these two.
  • Insert it and it will just unfold. Make sure it doesn’t fold so as to avoid leaks.

My Experience:

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I used it on my first day of period. At first, I was kind of hesitant cos I have been using pads ever since. I watched a lot of YouTube videos about using menstrual cups and it gave me the idea on how to insert it based on other Youtuber’s tricks. I find the punch-down fold easier to insert cos the fold is much narrower. It surprised me cos I couldn’t feel anything! It feels like I’m not even on my period unlike with pads, where you can really feel it. I empty the cup every 3 hours and it’s not even half full. I can say, it holds a lot of blood compared to pads where you have to change it more often.

At first it was a struggle taking it out, but I got the hang of it. I also used it in public just to test it out. I used a pad at the same time just in case, but I was out for 5 hours and there were no leaks!

At first, I thought it would be messy taking it out but it’s not. Just pull it gently in a twisting motion or pinch the cup slowly until the suction will release then pull it out. That way, it wouldn’t spill. Dumping the blood in the toilet isn’t as messy either. It doesn’t mix with water. It just stays at the bottom then you flush it. Clean it again with water, and stick it back in. Easy as pie.

I used it overnight too but I took it out in the wee hours of the morning cos I was having cramps and I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of having a cup inside me. I had no leaks though. Next time, I’ll try using it during my whole period.

Now, I can say that I’m a menstrual cup enthusiast. I’m trying to convince my friends and cousins to use it. Aside from you own comfort, it can also help the environment, and also your wallet. A cup can last up to 10 years, or even more. I won’t go back to pads anymore. x

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13 Comments

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    Augustin Ra
    August 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    How much did you buy this, Ate? 🙂

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      Alissa
      August 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      700 pesos for the cup 🙂

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    Renee Alexis
    August 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I’ve inquired on their page and I’m still having second thoughts on buying. Reading your review, though, made me think it through again. I’ve come to a decision, I will buy myself one! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ali, really helped me in deciding. 🙂
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    Kandice
    August 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I’m not sure about this menstrual cup. It’s a big change though, from pads to cups. I can’t even put tampons in, let alone cups hahaha! but if it suits your lifestyle, then I guess you should use it! 🙂
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    Jhecel
    August 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I have the same thought with Kandice. I think this won’t suit my lifestyle. You are brave Alissa for switching to menstrual cups. I’ll tell my friends about this.
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      Alissa
      August 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      🙂 When I’m not really confident using it, I still use pads. It just hurts a little when taking it out though. Guess I do it the wrong way.

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    Jannette
    August 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about this from Jen from frmheadtotoe! I seems to have a lot of benefits. I’ll definitely think about using it in the future. 🙂
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      Alissa
      August 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      It’s worth the try 🙂

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    Clare
    August 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    OMG, i can’t imagine that thing inside lol i’ve used pads ever since. If it’s better than pads then i think this will be worth the try. Wont it hurt though, when yo move, sit down etc? just curious
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      Alissa
      August 16, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      No, it doesn’t hurt. I can’t even feel it 🙂

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    Ochi Bernadas
    August 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    So does it like filter the blood then you have to take it out? Hmmm, sort of rethinking this option since tampons usually just last for about 3 hours on me due to the heavy flow on my first few days. Hmmmm.

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    Daniela Reyes
    August 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I have heard about this cup and honestly I didn’t like the idea at all, but in the way you explain and review the product is so amazing that I might want to give it a try. Thank you so much, amazing post!

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    Sue
    October 25, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    I have known about these cups for a while along with tampons. I have never tried anything other than pads for periods. I am a virgin and want to be so I am afraid that these things will harm my virginity. Will that?
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