Two periods ago I started using a menstrual cup and doing so has changed my whole world. I don’t know about you, but pregnancy completely destroyed any semblance of order that once existed during my periods. My postpartum periods can only be described as massacres. Cramps, insanely heavy bleeding, bloating to infinity and beyond – they are the worst.

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I find tampons really uncomfortable and I hate pads, so I decided to give cups a chance. I’ll admit I was a little grossed out when I first heard about them. I mean, a cup of period sounds like the ultimate in disgusting. It actually is kind of awesome, though. You only have to empty a menstrual cup every 12 hours, so you don’t have the hassle of dealing with it when you’re out and about. You can even empty it in the shower if you want. Once you get the process down, there really is no mess or grossness to deal with. At least not more than you’d deal with using tampons or pads. Also, cups are super comfortable. I find myself forgetting I’m even on my period, which is insane considering how heavy and awful my periods are. The only downside to cups is a bit of a learning curve, but one cycle should be enough for you to get your method down. If you’re curious about trying one out, here are answers to five of the most pressing questions you might have:

1. How in the hell do I insert this thing?

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There are actually a few ways to insert a cup, depending on what you’re comfortable with. I use a classic “U Fold” where you fold the cup in half and pinch the sides together, but you can find more options in the instruction booklet and on Google. Try a few different ways and see what works for you. Don’t get discouraged if it’s really confusing at first. It gets easier.