Menstrual cups are one of the most environmentally friendly options for your cycle. Since they still aren’t as widely used as sanitary pads and tampons, it can be difficult to find out much about them. Well, be ready to have all your menstrual cup questions answered.
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First let’s start with those of you wondering, just what is a menstrual cup?
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What is a menstrual cup?
A small bell shaped product usually made from rubber or silicone. These are both soft, recyclable and eco-friendly materials. It is inserted into the vagina during the menstrual cycle, like a tampon, in order to catch the fluid. You can purchase reusable and disposable cups. The reusable ones are available in different sizes to suit your needs and can last up to 10 years.
How to use a menstrual cup?
You’re probably wondering how a bell shaped “cup” is inserted and how it stays in place. Yes, it isn’t the most comfortable process but if it’s done correctly you can wave goodbye to those inconvenient leaks. It can be worn to bed, while swimming and even during yoga practise. Remember, although brands suggest it can be worn up to 12 hours, it is safer to change your cup every 4 hours to avoid the risk of toxic shock.
How to insert a menstrual cup?
The most common method is the “C fold.” With clean hands, press the sides of the cup together and fold it in half. It should look like the letter C. Use your other hand to part the labia. Then, insert the curved bit of the cup first into the vagina. When it’s all in, hold the base and twist the cup around once. You should feel a slight suction signifying that it is securely fitted.
The “Push down” method reduces the size a lot more than the C fold method. With clean hands, push one of the sides into the other. Then push the rim of the cup down towards the base. Hold the sides together and insert the smaller end into the vagina. Again, twist the cup around once to ensure it is sealed in place.
You shouldn’t feel it if it’s inserted correctly. If you have any difficulty with these methods you can use an organic lubricant to help ease the process. You can also wear an organic liner just in case of any accidental leakages. The more you practise, the easier it will get. Just be patient.
How to remove a menstrual cup?
After a productive morning with no discomfort or leakage, it’s now time to change your cup. This is easier than you may think. After washing your hands sit, squat or hover over the toilet. Tense your stomach muscles in order to push the cup down the vaginal canal. Use your fingers to pull the stem of the cup until you can feel the base. With your fingers on the base, twist the cup whilst pulling it out. Then, pour the contents into the toilet. If you are using a disposable cup do not try to reinsert it. Please dispose of it after pouring the contents down the toilet.
How to clean it?
Cleaning a menstrual cup is very straightforward. Ensure you clean it after every use with organic menstrual cup wipes if you’re in public or rinse it out with soap and warm water at home. When you first buy your cup and after your cycle, sterilise the cup thoroughly by boiling it in a pot of water for 5 minutes.
Is a menstrual cup safe?
Yes! They are lot safer than tampons. You’re less likely to be at risk of toxic shock syndrome. They’re usually made from eco-friendly materials which are much safer for your body and can be worn overnight (if you don’t sleep for over 12 hours!) The riskiest part of wearing cups is probably removing them without making a mess! Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it.
Best menstrual cup?
Of course, all our favourite cups are sustainable, hypoallergenic and vegan!
We hope all your questions have been answered. Good luck with your conversion to the menstrual cup. It will definitely be worth it. If a menstrual cup isn’t for you why not check out our list of alternative products you can use for an eco-friendly cycle? We’re sure you’ll find something you’re comfortable with.