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What is a Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is an environmentally-sustainable alternative to sanitary napkins and tampons. Unlike these, a menstrual cup is a reusable small funnel shaped device used during menstruation to hold blood. A menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina, and depending upon your flow it can hold blood up to 12 hours. A menstrual cup is made from rubber or silicone.
Why choose a menstrual cup?
There are a plethora of reasons to gravitate towards a menstrual cup rather than any other menstruation options like pads and tampons. As for starters, they are environmentally-friendly and can be used for years, unlike the hazardous scenario created by used napkins and tampons that take years and years to decompose. It's also affordable, safer and more comfortable than any tampon or pad. Once you get used to a menstrual cup, you might not even feel like you are wearing anything down there, that is the kind of ease it offers.
Things to consider before deciding on a menstrual cup!
Like your sexy night dress for women comes in different size versions, so does a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup generally comes in a Small and a Large size. You need to consult your gynecologist first, before deciding on the size of the menstrual cup you need.
Your gynecologist will consider your age, size of your cervix, amount of your flow, flexibility and firmness of the cup, capacity of the cup, your pelvic floor muscle’s strength and if you are a mother the mode of your birth giving.
In a general scenario, mostly smaller cups are recommended for women below the age of 30 who have not given birth vaginally and a larger cup for women above 30 years who have heavy flow and given birth vaginally.
Tip before you insert in
Like every other first time, the first time wearing a menstrual cup will also feel a little uncomfortable. However, before inserting the cup in, damp its rim with water or any other water-based lube and then insert it in. A wet menstrual cup is easier to insert than a dry one.
How to use it?
If you use a tampon, it might be easier for you to insert one. Even if you do not use a tampon, here are the easy steps to insert in a menstrual cup.
Firstly, properly clean your hands. Then, dampen the rim of the cup and then accurately fold the cup into half and insert it in your vagina with the rim facing up. As the cup is in there, rotate it. It will now open to create an airtight seal that will avoid leakage.
When to remove it?
You can put in a cup for anywhere between 6 to 12 hours. You can also wear one while sleeping. However, in any case you have to take out the cup at the 12th hour or if your cup gets fuller early, empty it before the scheduled time.
How to take it off?
Again, clean your hands first and then insert your index finger and thumb in your vagina. Gently pull the stem of the cup till you reach the base. Now, pinch the base and pull down to remove the cup. As the cup is out, empty it in the sink or toilet.If you properly clean and take care of your menstrual cup like your sexy night wear, your reusable cup can last anywhere from 6 months to 10 years.