28 May What is a Menstrual Cup and how to use it?
A Menstrual Cup is one of the best-known alternatives for tampons. The application is very simple – theoretically – however, it requires some training and patience. Some women get used to it very quickly, but for others it can take some time to get a feel for their cup. Nevertheless, there is no need to get discouraged. We all go through some practicing with it. You can use a reusable panty liner or a small sanitary pad with the cup to feel more secure in the beginning.
A Menstrual Cup is an environmentally responsible choice as tampons and sanitary pads need a long time to fully degrade. Additionally, a cup does not dry out the mucous membrane of your vagina as a tampon does. This decreases the risk of bacteria and fungus to infect your precious parts.
Cups are made from silicone and are therefore hypoallergenic. They can be used for 5 years, thus they are very cost effective. Another advantage is that you can wear them for up to 12 hours at a time, depending on your flow, and only have to check on and empty your cup twice a day.
Our two favourite folding methods:
- Push the rim of the cup down into the inside of the base of the cup.
- Grasp the rim of the cup with your other hand to help maintain the crease, while continuing to pinch firmly with original hand to ensure that the rim is still pointed.
- Insert cup until stem is 1 – 2 cm inside of the vagina
- Squeeze cup so that it is flat and hold it in that position.
- With your free hand, fold the rim of the cup over so rim is touching the stem.
- Insert cup until stem is 1 – 2 cm inside of the vagina.
It is very important to relax when inserting & removing your cup. To aid insertion use clean water to wet the cup. It can also be helpful to squat down for insertion. A menstrual cup does not need to be inserted as high as a tampon as inserting the cup too high will make removal more difficult, and if the cup sits too high it can also be uncomfortable. Insert it, so that the stem of the cup is 1 -2cm inside your vagina
Once inserted, if the cup is not fully opened, you can gently pull on the stem of the cup (as if to remove it). This will allow the cup to move lower in the vagina and air to flow into the air holes helping it open completely. Do not pull to the point where it comes out of the vagina.
Make sure to always wash your hands with soap and water before inserting, removing or handling your cup. It is recommendable to wash your cup with clean, warm water every time you empty it. There is no need to sterilise between emptying unless the cup is dropped into toilet or onto the floor. Make sure that the air holes are clean. Immerse in water and then boil the cup in an open pot for 5 minutes at the end of your menses and allow to air-dry before storing it in the cotton bag provided.
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