Candace Cameron Bure Just Got *Really* Candid About What It's Like to Use Menstrual Cups
The Fuller House star shared a detailed account of her first-time experience—and why she's never going back to tampons.
If you've been using tampons for the better part of your adult life, it may seem overwhelming to switch to a new period product for your monthly flow. But the menstrual cup is slowly but surely gaining popularity as of late-and Candace Cameron Bure is its newest, an apparently very avid, supporter. (ICYMI, periods are sort of having a moment. Here's why everyone is obsessed with periods right now.)
If you still haven't heard of menstrual cups before, you're not alone. The Fuller House actress hadn't either until recently. "At first, I was like 'that sounds nasty and I don't want to put a cup in there," she recently shared on an Instagram Story. But after sharing some details about her period with her followers last month, she was encouraged to give the cups a go, and she did.
Pleasantly surprised by the results, Bure decided to share her experience with her followers. "I'm not going to tell you what brand I used because you have to find a brand that works for your body," she said in an Instagram Stories highlight dubbed menstrual cups. "It fit me really well," she continued. "I had really good luck the first time. I inserted it, it fit, it sealed."
Bure was amazed that she was able to leave the cup inside her for 10 hours the first day. "There was no leakage, no spotting, no nothing," she said. "And I didn't feel it so I was like 'Oh my gosh, this is really cool.'"
What really surprised Bure, however, was the fact that she was able to exercise with the cup with no issues. "Not only did I exercise, but it was rigorous because I was filming Fuller House and we had stunt moves to do," she said. (Check out some of her workout moves with trainer Kira Stokes.) "My legs and my whole body were really moving around so if this was going to fail, this was going to be the time." (Did you know wearing a menstrual cup may motivate you to exercise?)
The second day using the device, Bure said she had a bit of trouble getting it in there. "I didn't get as good of a placement as the first day so I had to go back in and adjust it a few times," she said, adding that it took her a bit to get used to the feeling of taking it out. "When you're trying to take it out, you've got to apply some pressure," she said. "There were a couple moments when I was like 'I don't think this thing is coming out,' but it did."
Overall, Bure was more than happy with the experience. "I'm never going back to tampons," she said on Instagram. "I didn't have to worry about changing the cup out, as I would a tampon throughout the day, and it's just so much better for my body not having to have bleached cotton in there, even though I know there are several organic tampon brands out there." (Read up on everything you ever wanted to know about tampons and some stuff you probably didn't.)
To those worrying about the size of a menstrual cup or just the simple thought of putting a cup inside your vagina, Bure had some comforting thoughts. "I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when you figure out how to use it; it will be so much more comfortable," she said.
Bure encouraged her followers to try out several different options before making up their minds. "Everyone's cervix is shaped differently and there are websites out there where you can take a test that recommends what type of cup will fit your body best," she said. "So check all those out and do your research." (Need more info to make up your mind? Here's everything you need to know before trading your tampons for menstrual cups.)