How does a menstrual cup work?
The menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product made of silicone or latex rubber. The cup is inserted into the vagina and works by catching and collecting menstrual blood. If used correctly, your menstrual cup is a safe and comfortable means of feminine hygiene.
How good are menstrual cups?
The menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product made of latex rubber or silicone. The cup is inserted into the vagina and works by collecting (but not absorbing) menstrual fluid. They are perfect for women with heavy menstrual flow. Menstrual cups can also be used by virgins. They are safe and comfortable to use. Most cups are reusable which makes them economically beneficial and safe for the environment. You can swim and train with a menstrual cup and not worry about leakage.
Are menstrual cups and tampons better than pads?
It isn’t correct to say that cups or tampons are better than pads. The most important question is what is better, more comfortable or safer for you personally. Learn about all the options and choose the one that is suitable for you.
How to choose a menstrual cup?
The most important thing in choosing a menstrual cup is to pick the correct size. The size of the cup will depend on how heavy your flow is, if you are a virgin and whether you had vaginal labor. If you pick the correct cup size, you will not feel any discomfort and won't notice any leakage.
How to start using a menstrual cup?
You don't need any special preparations to start using a menstrual cup. Remember, it is important to choose the right size. Before using the cup, learn how to insert and remove it correctly, and also how to take care of it.
If you don't have any issues like urinary tract infections (UTIs), an intrauterine device inserted, anatomical peculiarities like uterine retroversion, a short or scarred cervix, and postpartum scars, you can easily use it. You can start using a menstrual cup once you have your first period.
Can I use a menstrual cup if I'm a virgin?
You can use a menstrual cup if you are a virgin. You needn’t worry; inserting it will not harm your hymen. Besides, there are different sizes of the menstrual cup for you to feel comfortable.
How to insert a menstrual cup?
Here are some simple steps to insert a menstrual cup:
- Wash your hands.
- Fold and hold (one of the most common ways to fold a menstrual cup is a C-fold).
- Insert the folded cup into your vagina tilting it back to your spine.
- Use it for up to 12 hours.
- Remove it, empty it, and clean.
- Re-insert the cup.
How to take a menstrual cup out?
Removing the cup is very easy. Don't try to pull it. Push the cup out with the muscles of your pelvic floor. Press on its base, grab it with two fingers on both sides and remove. If you do everything right, you will not feel any discomfort or pain.
How often should I empty a menstrual cup?
General recommendations are that you should empty a menstrual cup two times a day or every 10 to 12 hours. If you feel that you have to empty it more frequently, do so. This will help you to avoid leaks and maintain good hygiene.
When it comes to feminine hygiene, the pads and tampons are usually better known. However, the menstrual cup can be an option you can choose. It can collect a larger volume and is also safe and comfortable.
Are you supposed to boil a menstrual cup after each use?
You don't have to boil a menstrual cup after every use. It is recommended to empty and wash the cup or clean it with a special napkin at least every 12 hours.
You should boil it for 5 to 10 minutes only after your period ends. Boiling it more frequently may result in damaging the silicone.
How to clean a menstrual cup in a public restroom?
Sometimes it happens that you need to empty your menstrual cup while in a public place. Don't worry, you can remove and empty the cup in a public restroom. Wash your hands with soap, remove the cup and empty it. Wash the cup with water or with a sanitary napkin.
You can carry a bottle of water with you in order to wash the cup over the toilet. Don't forget to wash your hands before you do it.