Periods are something most of us women have to deal with quite often. A pad is a conventional way to go through with your period but isn’t really a sustainable choice. This is when tampons came into play. Tampons are cotton buds that are inserted into your vaginal cavity during that time of the month. It soaks in all the blood and vaginal discharge in a much-sanitized manner. 

Using sanitary pads and tampons for a while, the menstrual cup runs the marathon too. We have a new alternative for the sanitary pad. Here are some things you should know about a menstrual cup before using it!

What Is A Menstrual Cup?

A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of silicone or rubber that you insert into your vaginal cavity to collect period fluid and other discharge through the monthly menstruation cycle. 

Cups can hold more blood than other methods, leading many women to use them as an eco-friendly alternative to the other. Depending on your flow type, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours a day.

Things To Consider Before Buying A Menstrual Cup

There are some things that need to be kept in mind before purchasing just about any menstrual cup.

  • Your age
  • Length of your cervix
  • Whether or not you have a heavy flow
  • Firmness and flexibility of the cup
  • Cup capacity
  • Strength of your pelvic floor muscles
  • If you’ve given birth vaginally
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Any Preparation Before Using The Product?

When you use a menstrual cup for the first time, it may feel weird. But greasing your cup can smoothen the process for you. Before you put it in your cup, lubricate a layering of water or a water-based lubricant. A wet menstrual cup is much easier to insert than a dry one. 

How To Insert One Properly?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Apply water or a water-based lubricant to the rim of the cup.
  • Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
  • Insert the cup, rim up, into your vaginal cavity like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
  • Once the cup is in your vaginal cavity, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.

When To Take Out A Menstrual Cup?

You can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours a day, depending on whether or not you have a heavy flow. This means you can use a cup for overnight protection.

You should always remove your menstrual cup by the 12-hour mark. If it becomes full before then, you’ll have to empty it ahead of schedule to avoid leaks. (7 Best Menstrual Cups To Try In India)

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How To Take It Out?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Place your index finger and thumb into your vaginal cavity. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you can reach the base.
  • Pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
  • Once it’s out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet.

What To Do With The Cup After Use?

Reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day.

Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care. Throw away disposable cups after use.

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Why Should I Use A Menstrual Cup?

Here are some reasons why you can think of using a menstrual cup!

  • It is cheaper than others in comparison.
  • It is sanitary.
  • It holds more blood than pads or tampons
  • It is better for the environment than pads or tampons
  • Can’t be felt during sex (some)
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Are There Any Disadvantages To A Menstrual Cup?

With advantages, some disadvantages too. Here is a couple!

  • Removing a menstrual can be messy
  • It may be hard to insert or remove if not done properly. 
  • It may be tough to find the right fit according to your size. 
  • It could cause an allergic reaction.
  • It may cause vaginal irritation.

If you’re having trouble putting in your cup or anything regarding a menstrual cup, speak with your doctor. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more!