5 Nigerian Women Talk About Using Menstrual Cups

June 15, 2021

As inflation happens and prices of products across the country increase, more Nigerian women are moving away from pads to more sustainable sanitary products. In this article, five Nigerian women talk about their experience using menstrual cups. 

menstrual cups

Elizabeth, 19

Sanitary pads never did it for me. Getting good sanitary pads was a real struggle for me. There are a lot of products to pick from and I used to jump from one product to another. I would settle with one brand I liked but in the next few months, they wouldn’t be as they used to be. The prices were not encouraging either. I considered tampons but they’re not easily accessible. 

One day, I saw a menstrual cup on my senior colleague’s WhatsApp status. It was my first time. She was selling them. It caught my attention so I googled it to find out more. From what I read, it was everything I wanted — affordable, comfortable and could carry heavy flow. 

Using the menstrual cup for the first time was not scary for me. It was a little hard inserting it because it was the first time but it got easier. During the first and second month, I experienced leaks on a few occasions because I didn’t insert the cup well. Also, I wasn’t using the right size. Since I got my size right, it’s been bliss. One major problem with the menstrual cup is leakage and it is caused by a lot of factors. It’s easy to get carried away because it’s comfortable but it’s important to remove it at the appropriate time to avoid leakage. Leaving the menstrual cup on for long periods of time is not advisable.  

Idera, 19

Pads have always been uncomfortable for me. I had rashes all the time and they couldn’t keep up with my flow. When I was in my first year of university, I went to a seminar for menstrual health and the speaker mentioned menstrual cups as a period product. I was confused — I had never heard about menstrual cups before. 

When I got home, I did some research on it — I watched YouTube videos and read a ton of articles.  I was convinced that menstrual cups are the best things ever. My problem became how to find one. I searched for months. At the time, It wasn’t on Jumia so I tried Instagram and I found a vendor but it was expensive — 10k for a cup. My zeal died. 

One day as I  was walking to class, one girl whispered to me, “You’re stained.” That was my turning point — I was done changing my pad every four hours. I sent a DM to the Instagram vendor and in three days I got my cup. 

I gave myself a lot of pep talk before I used the cup. It felt odd inserting it in the first time and a bit painful. I had touched myself down there before so it was uncomfortable, to say the least. After several tries, the stem of the cup finally disappeared and it was fully inserted. 

A few days later, my period came and I repeated the process. I was feeling very cool, post-modern woman vibes until 15 minutes later, my panties were soaked. I whipped out my phone in search of help. The videos, the articles, even the person I bought it from weren’t of any use. The vendor said, “Just keep trying, you’ll figure it out.” I did figure it out — it turned out I was using the punch down fold, a fold that doesn’t pop open easily. I tried the 7-fold and it worked. When I took out the cup, it was nearly full. The excitement in me was unmatched. 

That first period with my menstrual cup will always be my best. I started looking forward to my period! I couldn’t stop telling everyone about menstrual cups. Whether they had a vagina or not! I realized people lose interest when I told them the price. So I decided to start a menstrual cup brand called Ivy Cup so I could make cups easily accessible and affordable to other people. 

I reached out to manufacturers, health specialists, and doctors both in Nigeria and abroad before I found the safest company to manufacture cups for my brand.  I love talking to people about the cups. I have gotten 65 people to switch to cups and I am so proud of myself. 

Funke, 22

I found out about the cup through Instagram on a page for women’s sexual health. I was intrigued so I went to read more about it. 

The first time I tried it, I inserted it properly and it stayed in place. It also held my heavy flow. 

I would recommend it because it is reusable, cost-effective and comfortable when you insert it well. It does get exhausting fixing and removing it, so I’ll suggest alternating with other period products. 

Nimisire, 24

I first read about menstrual cups online. The article said it was an alternative to pads and tampons. I found the one I use on Twitter. One of my friends did a giveaway and they sent it to me. 

I found using it quite convenient. The instruction on the pack said to use only if you’re sexually active. However, inserting it the first time was difficult but it has gotten easier. That first day I inserted it in a way that was touching my urethra so I felt like peeing for most of the day. 

Taking it out can be tedious sometimes because when the cup spends a few hours inside me, it goes further up my cervix and I have to fish for the tip to pull it out. I would have to contract and expand my vagina walls to push it out. It collects a lot of blood but I still combine it with a pad because it kind of still leaks blood. But I enjoy using it. Sometimes I even forget it’s inside me. 

Sully, 22

One day, while I was in university, one of my friends was advertising a class on her Whatsapp status. It was about menstrual cups. I decided I was going to attend and I am glad I did. I got the cup shortly after. The cup has different sizes so I bought the large size.

I was initially scared at the size of what I wanted to insert into my vagina but it wasn’t so bad. I kept touching the tip to be sure the menstrual cup was still inside me. I hated pads and I always got stained whenever I wore them but that changed with my menstrual cup. I also no longer have vagina irritations. My experience has been smooth so far. 

Subscribe here.

Mariam Sule

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

June 11, 2021

We have written about some of the ways the Twitter ban affects Nigerians. Here’s a list of the ways the ban affects Nigerian women. It will affect their access to: 1. Learning opportunities Twitter has always been a source of information to many women. In an article published yesterday, some women talked about how they […]

what she said design with a woman in a hospital gown sitting down
July 21, 2021

The subject of today’s What She Said is a 23-year-old woman who had an ovarian drilling surgery. She talks about PCOS and how it affected her mental and physical health, how unhelpful the doctor who diagnosed her was, and needing an ovarian drilling.  Tell me something about your childhood. Okay, let’s talk about my first […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

July 31, 2021

Angel, one of the resident Gen-Z’s in the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria has shown us that beyond being self-aware, she is also very funny. Here are a few times Angel has shown us that she is one of the top 5 funny women in Nigeria. 1. She being a generous and accomodating side chick. 2. […]

July 31, 2021

Here are 9 quizzes for Geography experts. If you’re truly one, you shouldn’t have any problem acing them. 1. QUIZ: Only Smart Nigerians Can Score 20/25 On This A-Z Geography Quiz How many Nigerian cities and states do you know from A-Z? Get up to 20 on this quiz to prove you’re smart. N.B: The answer […]

July 31, 2021

Sex Life is an anonymous Zikoko weekly series that explores the pleasures, frustrations and excitement of sex in the lives of Nigerians. TW: Sexual Abuse. The subject of today’s Sex Life is a 28-year-old heterosexual woman who talks about hating condoms and how all that changed after an STD and two pregnancies.   What was your […]

July 31, 2021

Truth or Dare can be a fun game to play whether you’re hanging in with friends or you’re playing drinking games. However, it can get old really quick if you don’t have the right questions or dare. So we put together a couple of truth or dare questions to ask a guy at the next […]

Recommended Quizzes

December 3, 2019

Are you a professional Yoruba demon? Are you walking around in search of whose life you can wreck at any given time? Well, this quiz knows exactly how many hearts you’ve shattered to date, and before you lie that your result is inaccurate, just remember that Zikoko is never wrong. Now, take it and be […]

November 11, 2019

Today, we are going to be using your taste in music to determine how good you actually are in bed. All you need to do is create the ultimate Nigerian hit — from the lead artist to the producer — and we’ll tell you if all your partners leave satisfied, or if you are just […]

how tall are you
March 11, 2020

Did your parents give you enough beans when you were growing up? If they did, then you’re probably around 6’0″ and above. Either way, we created a quiz that can guess your current height (pretty accurately, if we do say so ourselves). Take to see if we nailed it:

November 28, 2019

There are so many talented and stunning Nollywood actors that make it hard not to fall in love with them. So, while we all know the likelihood of us ending up with any of them is super low, it’s still fun to imagine a world where we actually stood a chance, and that’s why this […]

November 12, 2019

Are you a single pringle, stuck in a complicated situationship or happily married to the love of your life? This quiz is here to guess your current relationship status, and as you know, Zikoko quizzes are incredibly accurate (don’t quote us). So, give a shot:

More from Her

July 31, 2021

Angel, one of the resident Gen-Z’s in the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria has shown us that beyond being self-aware, she is also very funny. Here are a few times Angel has shown us that she is one of the top 5 funny women in Nigeria. 1. She being a generous and accomodating side chick. 2. […]

sad girl covering her eyes
July 29, 2021

As told to Mariam  In a group chat conversation about Nigerian parents, Tega said her parents were toxic. When I asked how, here’s what she told me:  Trigger warning: Physical abuse  I’m the first of three girls. My father was distant when I was younger. He was rarely around except when there was a problem […]

July 28, 2021

The subject of today’s What She Said is a 24-year-old woman who has a very rocky relationship with her stepmum. She talks about how she misses her mum, the ill-treatment she got at the hands of her stepmum, and the medical condition that messes up her self confidence. What’s your earliest childhood memory? It’s driving […]

two women with curly hair
July 27, 2021

If you found out your younger sex was having sex, how would you react? We spoke to three Nigerian women about how they found out that their younger sisters were sexually active and how they reacted. Here’s what they had to say:  IB, 24 One day, we were gisting and she said,  “You know I’m […]

diagram of the female reproductive system
July 25, 2021

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is still largely unspoken about across Nigeria. Many people may have heard about it but a lot of them don’t know what’s true or false about the condition. Here are five myths and facts about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Every woman with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome grows hair in unlikely places.  Though a […]

black woman in the gym
July 25, 2021

I spoke to four Nigerian women about what visiting the gym as a woman is like. Here’s what they had to say: Bibi, 22 I always have a pleasant experience at the gym but there was this day, my friends and I were on the mat and the instructor was helping us stretch our bodies. It […]

July 23, 2021

Romantic relationships bring different changes to our lives. Some welcome, some not. In this article, five Nigerian women talk about how their partners changed their lives.  Bisola, 23 I grew up in a conservative space but I always knew I wanted to explore certain things and with the help of my current partner, I am […]

black girl using her phone
July 22, 2021

There is a growing number of dating apps available to Nigerians living in Nigeria. In this article, three Nigerian women talk about using dating apps.  Dami, 27 I downloaded Bumble a few months ago. This is my first time using a dating app. I chose Bumble because my friend told me that the app is […]

July 22, 2021

TW: Sexual Abuse Everyone has a story about their first time. In this article, eight Nigerian women talk about the first time they had penetrative sex. Nancy, 22 I didn’t bleed during my first time, probably because my boyfriend in secondary school used to finger me when we made out.  The first time a penis […]

what she said design with a woman in a hospital gown sitting down
July 21, 2021

The subject of today’s What She Said is a 23-year-old woman who had an ovarian drilling surgery. She talks about PCOS and how it affected her mental and physical health, how unhelpful the doctor who diagnosed her was, and needing an ovarian drilling.  Tell me something about your childhood. Okay, let’s talk about my first […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X