Cup help from a teen, for a teen

Schools and Cups

So… Many people have been wondering, how do you deal with a cup at school?

This is a hard thing for some teens because schools typically provide only 2-5 minutes to transition from classes. So what do you do?

There are 2 options on how to deal with this.

1. Learn to change the cup in public.

2. Get a higher capacity cup

I am personally looking for a higher capacity cup because I do not like changing in a public place. However, some people are perfectly fine with it. Changing the cup in public requires precision in making sure your cup does not leak. Beginners should not go for this option until you are well adjusted to your cup. When you take your cup out and empty it, you can simply wipe with toilet paper and reinsert. Look in the tab “cleaning and storing” for more tips on how to clean your cup in public.

Getting a higher capacity cup. This can be hard because bigger, wider cups tend to be harder to open. But getting a firmer cup can be uncomfortable. You must know your body very well and know what your body can and cannot handle. A bell bottomed cup can hold more than a cone-like cup. Looking for a higher capacity cup can be challenging but I’d be willing to help!

So which option do you go for? It is your choice. Both are preferred by different people. One is not better than the other. So good luck dealing with cups at school! It is not hard once you get used to it 😀

-Pan

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Comments on: "Schools and Cups" (5)

  1. Hi Pan,

    I am a teacher, and I appreciate your website. I wish I had known about cups when I was a teenager!! I have a young daughter, and I am excited to tell her all about cups when the time comes. I’m glad that your site exists so girls can get the message from another teen.

    My comment is that I find I only need to change the cup in the middle of the day during the first one or maybe two days of my period. After that, I only change it morning and evening. For those of you with a flow like that, one public restroom change per month is not so bad. Or maybe you could get away with not changing the cup and just wearing a thick cloth pad for backup on your heavy days. Then just change it when you get home.

    Amy

  2. I’m not a teen either (I’m 25) but I also appreciate the value of your site for young girls. I have even picked up some new pointers from you after doing months of reading on the menstrual cup livejournal page.

    As far as changing cups at school, I agree with the above comment. I have heard that most women can go 12 hours without changing a cup. If it is the last thing you do before leaving for school, you could probably get away with not changing it at school at all. Just maybe check for leakage when you use the bathroom regularly. Using pads (disposable or reusable) would keep you protected if you happened to leak.

    I was thinking, as an additional resource for your page, perhaps you could create a downloadable powerpoint or pdf file for young girls to print out and give to their guardians to read. Something concise but informative with the most interesting and important facts. I would include the TSS facts, the money saving facts and the fact that using a cup does not make you lose your virginity.

    On the MC LJ, I have read some really sad stories about the mothers of girls being very uninformed and biased against cups. One girl was 13 and bought 3 cups and her mum found them and FREAKED on her. She was grounded and had her cups taken away. Her mother scolded her and told her she is only allowed to use Always pads for her period and nothing else.

    Maybe it’s just me, but that makes me so sad. This poor girl is already having a tough enough time going through her period, spending her own money on hygiene prpducts and educating herself on the safest and cleanest way to handle menstruation and her own mother makes her feel bad about it. I believe it is a case of extreme ignorance of the product that could easily have been prevented.

    Sorry for the novel haha.
    Thanks again for your informative blog.
    I will certainly be passing it on to some of my young cousins and their friends.

    • I agree with you, it is such a shame that some women are not allowed to explore the greener and healthier options for their flows. Perhaps if we started educating the public more openly about these alternatives, it would become part of “the norm” to use cups and reusable options.

      Thank you for the suggestion, but I firmly believe that the best way to convince your parents to let you explore reusable options are to do research and show them what you know. By proving to them that you take your own health and options seriously, I think they would be more inclined to actually listen to what you might have to say. But again, thank you for the suggestion, it has helped me see how I could potentially broaden my efforts to spread the word 🙂
      -Pan

  3. It would be great to see cups brought into the school health classes and planned parenthood/women now/other feminine healthcare facilities.

    I think that is an excellent approach. It’s awesome you are girls take control of their own bodies and well being.

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