Methods for dealing with menstrual cycles continue to change with new products and designs. One of the latest trends is the reusable menstrual cup.
But not everything works the same for all women.
Kristen Bell, star of The Good Place, recently visited Busy Phillips’ new talk show Busy Tonight. Bell shared the harrowing tale of her experience with a menstrual cup.
Though many people have had unfortunate conflicts with all forms of feminine products, Bell’s run-in with the DivaCup took the cake:
at one point she literally lost consciousness!
Watch Bell recount the story here.
Apparently, after suctioning the cup to the wrong part of her body, Bell felt the cup basically stuck inside her. She said:
“I went to grab it and there was something that was suctioned to the wrong part of me.”
With the cup “pulling on her insides,” the pain became so bad Bell passed out.
When she came to, she managed to rally and get that cup out!
“I fully passed and came to and I still hadn’t had it out, so I then had to remember, like, ‘OK, you gotta brace yourself, you gotta grab hard, you gotta grab strong. I ripped it out, but after that, I was like, ‘Maybe I should take a break. Maybe it’s not for me’.”
— Cleo Stiller (@Cleomsf) November 8, 2018
Bell told Phillips her fainting was most likely a symptom of vasovagal syncope. It’s a fairly harmless condition where a person’s body overreacts to specific triggers like “the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.”
If an episode is triggered, blood pressure could drop rapidly, resulting in “pale skin, nausea, lightheadedness and tunnel vision.”
And, of course, the person could faint.
A menstrual cup suctioned to @IMKristenBell and she passed out trying to get it out. A very valid reason to not use one, like, ever again. If you don’t want to. #BusyTonight pic.twitter.com/zvPsjkh42L
— Busy Tonight (@BusyTonightTV) October 31, 2018
If you’re worried about ever finding yourself in a similar situation, women’s health brand Intimina offers this advice: don’t tense up!
It only makes unsuctioning the cup harder.
In their words:
“Your cup might have moved up too high for you to get a good grip on.”
“If this happens, make sure to use your pelvic floor muscles to push down, until you can get a good grip on the base of the cup.”
“Once you can feel it, pinch the bottom of the cup until you can feel the seal break and air enter the cup.”
Twitter was terrified by Bell’s story.
Shoutout to @IMKristenBell for scaring me out of ever using my diva cup again 😫
— Real life Daria (@sagelew_) October 31, 2018
Using the diva cup for the 1st time today. Excited hearing Busy talk as if she knew my secret. Then @IMKristenBell comes on, freaks me the F out. Fear now coursing thru me, I had to wait until my son came home from school in case I passed out. Super Fun time guys! I’m fine I❤️ it
— Tara (@Tjchel) October 31, 2018
Menstrual what? If the thought of menstrual cup scared the heck out of you, you're not the only one. https://t.co/RaNLpxZcQM
— MOFC. LLC (@Myownfashioncl) November 2, 2018
— LK (@LKWasHere) November 1, 2018
The real moral of the story?
Different feminine hygiene products work differently for everyone.
For Bell, the DivaCup was a hard pass.