How to use a menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina to collect (without absorbing) menstrual fluid.
If you feel it inside or notice blood leakage, the cup is likely to have been placed incorrectly. Also, a menstrual cup might leak because of:
- an intrauterine device
- anatomical peculiarities (uterine retroversion, a short or scarred cervix, postpartum scars)
- the wrong cup size (age and the number of births you have had should be taken into account since it can affect vaginal elasticity.)
Before inserting a menstrual cup, you should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. The cervix is slightly open so the risk of infection during menstruation increases many times. To remove the cup, don’t pull it, but push it out with the pelvic floor muscles. Then press on its base, grab it with both thumb and forefinger on both sides and easily remove it.