More women have been trading out tampons and pads for the menstrual cup, a sustainable, chemical-free, low-maintenance option. Celebrities like Candance Cameron Bure have come out as avid supporters of the period product—and even one of the biggest tampon brands, Tampax, jumped on board, releasing a line of menstrual cups. But while making the switch is painless for most, others might not have the same experience. Good Place actress Kristen Bell is one of those people.
Recently, Bell shared how things went terribly wrong for her while using a menstrual cup. "I tried the DivaCup but I had a very weird experience with it," Bell told Busy Philipps on her new talk show, Busy Tonight. (ICYMI, periods are sort of having a moment. Here's why everyone is obsessed with periods right now.)
"A menstrual cup is tricky and takes some trial and error and you have to be willing..." Philipps said. "To figure it out," Bell added. "To finger it out, really."
Bell went on to share how her DivaCup actually got stuck up in there. "I went to grab it and there was something that was suctioned to the wrong part of me," she said. Bell described it feeling as though 'something was pulling on her insides'—and it caused her to pass out right there on the toilet.
"I fully passed out 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,'" Bell said. "I ripped it out, but after that, I was like, 'Maybe I should take a break. Maybe it's not for me.'" (Related: This High-Tech Menstural Cup Is About to Change Your Period)
She went on to explain that the reason she likely fainted was vasovagal syncope, a condition in which your vagus nerve overreacts to certain triggers, like seeing blood, extreme emotional distress, or fear of injury. This causes a sudden drop in blood pressure that leads to fainting. That being said, this condition is usually harmless and doesn't require any treatment.
If you're looking to switch to a menstrual cup, it might be worth noting that taking it out isn't always pleasant and can take some time and practice to master. Plus, as we've previously reported, most menstrual cups come in two sizes, small and large. It's usually recommended that women who haven't given birth go for the smaller choice. But it's important to find what works best for you through some trial and error.
The good news: Menstrual cups have been around for 80 years and fainting while using them is pretty rare.