Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of using a menstrual cup, how to insert/ remove it, and how to clean it.
A menstrual cup is a medical-grade silicone cup used as a reusable feminine hygiene product. It is meant to be inserted into a woman’s vagina in order to catch the blood being shed each month from.
Cups can hold more blood than other methods, leading many women to use them as an eco-friendly alternative to tampons. And depending on your flow, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours.
How to use a menstrual cup
If you are interested in using a menstrual cup, talk with your gynaecologist so you can find out what size you need. Learn how to put it by following these simple steps:
- Wash your hands.
- Boil the cup for a few minutes.
- Apply water or water-based lube to the rim of the cup (optional).
- Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
- Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina as you do with a tampon. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
- Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
Reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day.
Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care. Throw away disposable cups after removal.
The advantages of using a menstrual cup
- Greater freedom, comfort, and safety – The menstrual cup makes you feel free because you do not feel anything. Unlike the pad, the cup is not heavy, odorous or warm.
- Menstrual cups do not contain chemicals found in tampons and pads.
- As it is reusable, it is eco friendly.
- Contrary to tampons, you can leave it in up to 12 hours. That's why they are good for overnight protection.
- The cup forms an airtight seal so there is less odor.
- You will save money because, as it is reusable, you can buy one and use it for years.
The disadvantages of using a menstrual cup
Find your fit: May be tough to find the right fit to make you feel comfortable.
Removal can be messy: To remove the cup, you have to use your pelvic floor muscles to push the cup down, paying attention to keep it from spilling. If you are in a public place, keep in mind that you will need to wash out the cup in the restroom sink.
- It may cause vaginal irritation: It needs to be well cleaned and cared properly so as to avoid possible vaginal irritation.