Meet SckoonCup: Aunt Flo’s New Best Friend

by Chrystal Johnson on June 26, 2013

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Making more eco-friendly choices in the menstrual area is a hot topic lately. Cloth pads, menstrual cups… where do you start? Well, I started with cloth pads, which I love, and I gave one menstrual cup a try (that I didn’t love).

I have been using cloth pads religiously for over a year now (you can see some of my reviews here, here, here, here and here). However, I have an extremely heavy flow, usually on the second and sometimes third day of my cycle (TMI, sorry). So much so that I can’t confidently leave the house without fear of being too far from a bathroom…

I turned down going snowboarding a few times last season because of this problem, so I have been trying to figure out a solution so that won’t happen again. I decided that I needed to give another menstrual cup a try. This time, I had the opportunity to review SckoonCup, the latest menstrual cup to become available to women.

sckooncupI was a little nervous at first since I didn’t have the best experience with my first menstrual cup (I tried 3 months in a row and it was just uncomfortable). But, I was hopeful because SckoonCup promised to be different.

The SckoonCup is softer and more flexible than the cup I tried before. It also has a smoother outer curve than the other cup I tried.

The first few times I tried to use it, I did have some difficulty getting it to fully open once I inserted it per the directions. I was worried that it wouldn’t work, but it did. After several attempts, I figured out how to insert it and get it to expand fully.

I have been using it for 2 cycles now, and I’m so happy to have it. On my heaviest night, I usually wake to change my pad twice (and this is with a heavy-duty, overnight pad). With SckoonCup and one of my overnight pads, I was able to make it 8 hours on my heaviest night before I had to get up. That is a success for me! I also feel comfortable leaving the house, even on my heaviest flow day.

Unlike the previous cup I used, I can’t feel the SckoonCup at all once I get it inserted. The learning curve with getting it to expand fully was worth it for me!

If you have thought about trying a menstrual cup, I recommend SckoonCup.

Upcoming Giveaway

One Happy Mothering reader will win a SckoonCup in the color and size of their choice during the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, which starts on July 4! Be sure to come back to enter, but connect with Sckoon on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ in the meantime.

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kelly June 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

This is great. I love that there are better alternatives to tampons and pads!
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2 Tracey Stokes June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Choosing a menstrual cup can seem as overwhelming as picking a cloth diaper system. Unlike diapers for your baby it makes more sense to pick one to try and hope it works, then if you find it isn’t the best fit for you, use what you know about the first cup you tried and work based off of your likes and dislikes to pick the next one. For example, I started using a Diva Cup with great success with only one complaint- it felt a TEENY bit too long and without getting a very perfect insertion I would need to remove and replace it or else I would feel the end of it- even with removing the stem. Knowing this I looked at other cups and read reviews and experiences from other women who, with the same issue, tried a Lunette cup which is slightly shorter. I still prefer the Diva Cup and Lunette to the Keeper cup, mostly because they are more flexible. I haven’t tried any others just yet. If you are wondering if your vagina is short you can reach in; if you can reach your cervix easily with a finger then you might want to try a shorter cup or possibly use a Size 1, although most women who have given birth would be best to start with a size 2.
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3 Amanda Selenke July 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I have a lunette cup in size 1 and sometimes find the same issue with being able to feel the stem. I’ve given birth but still feel like a need a shorter cup.

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4 Sarah July 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Id never heard of this brand before this review. Im very nervous to try a cup for the first time since there is some trial and error with knowing which brand works best for me but I feel like the sckoon cup would work great.

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5 Deb July 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Had been thinking of getting a Diva Cup for years, but have been sold on the sckooncup!

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6 Tiffani July 4, 2013 at 4:39 am

I’ve not heard of this brand yet. I’m intrigued.
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7 joanna n. July 4, 2013 at 5:23 am

i’m just learning about cups, & am so excited for this giveaway!

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8 Jennifer July 4, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’d really love to try this, despite the upfront cost, it would pay for itself many times over!!

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9 Lindsay Coffman July 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

I have a lunette, but would like to try this one.

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10 Sally July 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

The SkoonCup review and photo make it very tempting to try the new product. In theory the cup would save both cost and disposal of commercial tampons. Sounds great. -Sally

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11 Amy July 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

Would love to try this! Have been looking to try my first menstral cup.

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12 Ashley F July 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

I’ve been wanting to get a cup as I have already made the switch to cloth pads.

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13 MyDarlin July 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

Never tried b/c of some of the negative comments regarding menstrual cups in general. I would love to try it out but refuse to waste my money on something that might not work for me. One day i’ll break down I suppose

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14 Lauren Dail July 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

Just found out about menstrual cups but this definitely sounds like something to try!

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15 Tiffany (NatureMom) July 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

I REALLY want to try this brand. I am a Diva girl currently.
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16 Nicole Bear July 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I have been using reusable menstrual cups for about 13 years now. I have used a few different brands, most recently the Diva Cup. I am really interested in trying the Sckoon, as I have heard many great things about it.

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17 Amanda Alvarado July 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I have tried a Diva cup (doesn’t work – I leak – can’t get it to seal when I’m heavy) and a Moon cup (which I use and it doesn’t usually leak unless it needs emptied). I don’t like the stem on the moon cup though because I can sometimes feel it. I would love to try one of these!

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18 Cameron July 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

This sounds like a great alternative to tampons and pads… can’t wait to try it

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19 md kennedy July 5, 2013 at 2:55 am

I’ve been using a cup for ten years now and I so wish I’d found out about them way before. Not only do I find that it is much more effective at protecting leaks than any other method, but I feel so “eco-friendly” by not adding to the landfill or water cleaning problems! AND, no toxins in or next to my body. Whew. Although I love my Diva Cup, I cannot wait to try the Sckoon cup as an alternative.

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20 Aimee July 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

I’m currently looking to make the switch to echo friendly period products. I’ve considered the reusable pads, but seriously looking at the menstrual cup. It’s been years and I’m still using pads! Lol I look at how wasteful periods are and think of all that plastic that’s going to end up in land fills. :c

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21 Mer July 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

This sounds great! I like that there are more options out there; I’ve not had much luck with another brand, but I’m thinking of trying this. It’s great that it’s more flexible so maybe it would work better for me. I love the idea of cups, as it’s better for me, the environment, and my wallet, so I hope I can find one that works for me.

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22 Rachel July 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I hadn’t heard much about this brand! I’m interested in trying one! Sometimes I get leakage with tampons before it seems like they’ve absorbed anything at all!

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23 Lolli S
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July 8, 2013 at 2:49 am

I have a Diva and would love to try the Sckoon!

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24 Amy K July 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

So excited for the giveaway! I would love to try one of these because I have had issues with other brands and I hear the Skoon Cup is different so it works for a lot of women who had problems with other menstrual cups.

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25 melly July 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

i learned new folds, and that helped me a LOT. the c-fold they always show in the instructions isn’t as comfortable to insert, and doesn’t pop open as easily for me as other folds. my favorite is the 7 fold. give it a shot!

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26 Amber July 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I keep thinking about trying out a menstrual cup, but always chicken out before I actually buy one. This one actually sounds pretty great! I think I’m going to have to give it a shot :-)

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27 Michelle Knopp July 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I have never tried a menstrual cup before. I was worried it would not work for me because I have heavy periods. It actually sounds like it will work even better than tampons and without the risk too. Thanks for reviewing.

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28 Linda Bradshaw July 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I haven’t had a period for almost 14 years when I was 26 so I never really heard of these. I am telling my sister about them. I think she would love to try them.

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29 Celeste Martinez July 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Just ordered my first cup and I’m really excited to try it out. I hope everything goes smoothly I really hate pads and tampons.

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30 Lynda Thomas July 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

I would love to try one of these. The thought has always intrigued me, but I felt like it would be too “icky”. After reading a lot more about it, I think it would be sooo worth it!

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31 Hannah Gorowsky July 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

I am totally sold on the idea but have had trouble with other brands and hope I can find a cup that works for me. The dramatic difference in the shape of this cup has peeked my interest and hope to try it as soon as I can.

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32 Julie July 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

That’s awesome that you can’t even feel it! Now I’m definitely getting one!

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