First off, does it work effectively as a menstrual cup, and secondly, is it comfortable when you’re having sex. My partner and I tried the sex thing first.
I asked him to leave the room while I tried to wedge the Ziggy cup as far up inside my vagina as it would go, using only the instructions on the box. Readers, it was not easy. I’m pretty used to menstrual cup actions, so I assumed a slight change in design would be a piece of cake. I was wrong. The Ziggy cup looks unlike the average cup, which suctions around the circumference of your vagina. It’s longer and thinner, and instead of collecting menstrual fluids as they make their way down the vaginal canal, the cup is positioned directly under the cervix, sitting on one side of your vaginal canal so it’s out of the way and a penis or dildo can easily make its way through the fun zone. That placement takes some time to get used to.
Ziggy, the menstrual cup you can wear during sex
I don’t know if my vagina is just incredibly short (I know it’s on the shorter side, but I didn’t think it was absolutely diddy), but the length of the Ziggy cup meant it practically took up the entirety of my vag. I’d pop in a finger and feel the cup a fingertip’s length in. The act of shoving it in and not being able to get it further up than half a finger meant I didn’t trust the cup’s blood-holding abilities. I jumped. I wriggled around. I kept trying to gently push it in further. It just didn’t feel right. It was, however, extremely comfortable. It felt like there was no cup there, with no stem poking around and a flat design that feels like nothing. That’s pleasant.
My boyfriend then returned to the room to find me trying to stare inside my own vagina, which is obviously a massive turn-on, so I stopped gaffing around with placement and we went on to the testing. I felt self-conscious during fingering – there’s no way someone wouldn’t feel the cup with their finger, and it felt strange to me to have my partner navigating a foreign object rather than just enjoying the wonders of my genitals. He definitely felt the cup too, and could see its bright pink sheen when he took a peek inside.
But once we got to the penetrative sex, it was pretty amazing. The cup wasn’t noticeable at all. We could do whatever positions we fancied with nothing holding his penis back and no discomfort for me. My boyfriend’s review of sex while I was wearing the Ziggy cup: ‘Like a lot of men, I try to get along with business without too much thought of menstrual cycles or sanitary products. ‘So when I was asked to play my part in testing the Ziggy Cup, I simply said “yes please”. ‘It didn’t get in the way of activities, but I did on one or two occasions feel the silicone briefly brush my member. After that, much like breathing, I was only aware of it when I was explicitly reminded of it. ‘I think it would play on my mind more with rougher sex, like punching a pillow with a little helmet stashed inside, and the thought of accidentally dislodging it is of far greater concern than regular no-vagina-gadget period sex to begin with. ‘Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think sex needs any other internal tools.
On any day of the month. ‘Otherwise, we’re in magician’s hat territory.’ It’s possible that sex may have knocked the cup into the right position, as there were no leaks or spills, and I was able to go to sleep immediately afterwards rather than bothering with getting out of bed and popping in a fresh tampon. The next day, the real trials began. While the Ziggy cup got my and my partner’s approval for mess-free period sex, I wanted to make sure it could also double up as an effective and reliable menstrual cup for daily wear. Intimina claims the Ziggy cup can be worn for up to twelve hours, which is dreamy, and can hold a massive 76ml of blood. It’s meant to be extremely comfortable. And it is comfortable. It’s easy to forget you’re wearing it. I happily strolled around and typed at my desk for a good few hours wearing the Ziggy cup with no issue. Then I went to the loo to do a wee.
As I sat down on the toilet, it felt – and looked – like a puddle of blood had been unleashed, dropping into the toilet not in a delicate drip or leak, but in the manner of someone chucking their bath water out of the window in the Victorian times. Is this because sitting down to wee shifted the cup, allowing it to budge out of the way and let my blood flow loose? I have no idea. All I know is that a large amount of blood dropped into the toilet with force, I panicked, and thought it’d be wise to take out the cup and check on how it was doing. This was a bad idea. Removing the Ziggy cup from my vagina was not easy.
I kept trying to hook my finger under the rim, as shown in the handy instructional video, but I couldn’t get a good enough grip to ease it out. I tried for ten minutes, then returned to my desk, defeated, confessing to my period-positive coworkers that I had managed to get the cup stuck inside me and it’d probably never come out. I then calmed myself down with a large cup of tea and returned to the toilet cube, ready for battle. I managed to get the cup loose and slowly eased it out. Slowly easing it out did not prevent it from splattering blood half way up my arm and around the toilet bowl. There was blood everywhere. It was on both sides of the cup (how?!). It was all over my hands. It was the messiest period experience I’ve had since the ‘wow, did not realise I was on my period’ lack of pad incident of ’07.