These are the pros and cons of using a menstrual cup

Everything you need to know about the menstrual cup

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.

The menstrual cup is used as a reusable feminine hygiene product

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:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Boil the cup for a few minutes.
  3. Apply water or water-based lube to the rim of the cup (optional).
  4. Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
  5. Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina as you do with a tampon. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
  6. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.

Cup aftercare

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

Menstrual cups do not contain chemicals found in tampons and pads.

The disadvantages of using a menstrual cup

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