Something we’re sure enough to say no one likes is their period. We appreciate Mother Nature for many of her wonders, but this is one we find hard to forgive her for.
On top of the harrowing cramps, heavy mood swings, and hallucinations of sudden weight gain, you have a loaded flow that wants to discover a river of its own.
Sometimes, it’s not the physical aspects of having your period that affects your mood, but the troublesome that comes with it. Having to change your tampon every so often, pulling out a dry one (ouch!), hoping someone at this party will have a pad, or not getting to fully enjoy that weekend getaway with your beau. You’ve also maybe been shamed for not hiding your tampon on the way to the bathroom, which I believe is something we should never be ashamed for, but the culture we have grown up in, told us periods are dirty and something you should handle privately.
So while we fight to change the culture and to reclaim the absolute normality of periods, a group for smart women invented new solutions for us; more hygienic, better for the planet, easier to handle like menstrual cups or period underwear. Some have also invented cups for sex!
Going back of getting your period on a date or right at the beginning of holidays with your partner (perfect timing, of course), how many times have you wished for a sort of stopper?
It’s normal. Not everyone is comfortable in having period sex - and I so have My Crazy Ex Girlfriend song in my head now - even though it has many pros like more lubrication, it is good to relieve cramps, and usually your are more sensitive.
But if you don't like the mess and wish to have something to stop it, which is totally ok, you can try Ziggy. A super flexible and hypoallergenic cup that gets inserted into the vaginal canal and collects menstrual fluids for up to 12 hours.
How does Ziggy work?
To use Ziggy cup simply pinch the disk to the size of a tampon and slide in pushing back and down towards the cervix, then use one finger to push its top edge behind the pubic bone. It will rest easily and collect fluids. For removal, hook one finger to the top edge of Ziggy and pull it straight out horizontal to the floor to avoid spillage. Wash it and place it in its super compact case for next time. Most importantly, people please remember to wash your hands prior to insertion and removal.
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Ziggy is a cup you can use even when you are not having sex like a classic menstrual cup. It has a semi-rigid ring that helps you to place it in the correct position - right at the end of the vaginal canal, close to the cervix. You might be worried your partner might feel it or find it intrusive. I've asked 20 women who have tried it what their partners said about the Ziggy cup; the answer was "he/she didn't feel anything different".
Ziggy's membrane is supper soft, thin and flexible, made of medical grade silicone, so that you won't feel any barrier or obstacle.
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Ideal for light or heavy flows, as this is not the correct criteria to choose the right menstrual cup Ziggy is great if you have a high or medium cervix during your period. Due to its leak-proof double rim this cup is able to stay in its place even during penetrative sex.
You’ll no longer feel that tug in your tampon that creates discomfort nor will you worry about any spotting or leakage. Many women on the pill decide to prolong their birth control intake sometimes to extend their period’s arrival, which ends up in forgetting when the circle should start. With Ziggy cup, they’ll use their pills as instructed and expect a clean and worry free getaway ahead.
Ziggy cup costs like other high quality cups, I recommend you to try it on few times before you have sex with it, just to get used to position it correctly as it works slightly differently form classic cups. Even though it can give you 12h no-stop protection, I'd advise not to wear it for more than 8h - as for any other period product that is inserted into the vaginal canal.
You have to clean your Ziggy cup every time before and after use; boil it for 5 minutes and place it in its glam case, ready for the next mess-free period sex!.