Menstrual Cup

Menstrual Cup

A menstrual cup is a feminine product. It is a small, flexible cup that is inserted into the vagina to catch and collect period fluid.

24 Aug, 2022

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a feminine product. It is a small, flexible cup that is inserted into the vagina to catch and collect period fluid. Menstrual cups are either made of silicone or rubber. Many women use them instead of the alternatives since they may hold more blood than other menstrual products. You can wear a cup for up to 10 hours, depending on your flow. Menstrual cups are preferred by many women over tampons and pads because they are less expensive and safer to use. Menstrual cups are safer than pads and tampons because they contain no blood, whereas pads and tampons increase your risk of toxic shock syndrome. They can be used again and again for up to six months or even longer(depending on how you take care of them).

Consult your gynecologist if you're interested in switching to a menstrual cup. Even if you can purchase any of the brands in-person or online, you must first determine what size you require. Most menstrual cup manufacturers provide both small and large sizes. You and your doctor should think about the following when determining your ideal menstrual cup size:your age, the intensity of your menstrual flow, the size and capacity of your cup, whether you gave birth vaginally, and the strength of your pelvic floor muscles.

How to Use a Menstrual Cup

It may seem awkward the first few times you use a menstrual cup. Insertion is significantly simpler with a lubricated menstrual cup. Make sure to adhere to these instructions for inserting the menstrual cup securely. Clean your hands completely. Wash the cup's rim with water or a water-based lubricant. Holding the menstruation cup with the rim facing up in one hand, fold it in half tightly. Put the cup in your vagina with the rim facing up, much like you would a tampon without an applicator. A few inches should separate it from your cervix. Rotate the cup once it is in your vagina. To stop leaks, it will spring open and form an airtight seal. If you've inserted the menstrual cup properly, you shouldn't be able to feel it. Additionally, you must be able to go about your everyday business without being impeded by the cup.

How to Remove a Menstrual Cup

Depending on your flow, you can wear a menstrual cup for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. This implies that a cup can be used as overnight protection. Remove the cup before the 12th hour. You will need to empty it if it fills up before the time.

It is relatively easy to remove the cup. Follow these steps to safely remove the

  • Clean your hands completely.
  • Insert two of your fingers into your vagina. Preferably with your thumb and index finger, pull the cup out.
  • To remove the cup, gently drag it down the base to release the seal.
  • After it has been removed, pour the cup into a sink or bathroom. 

Reusable menstruation cups should be cleaned and disinfected before reinsertion into your vagina. You should empty your cup at least twice every day. With the right maintenance, reusable menstruation cups are strong and can endure for months.