Menstrual cup is a kind of feminine hygiene product that’s inserted to the vagina during menstrual period. Preventing menstrual fluid from leaking to the clothes is the main purpose for utilizing one. Reusable menstrual cups are typically made from flexible medical grade silicone and have a bell-like shape with a stem to which it is used for the removal and insertion to the vagina.
The bell-shaped cup on the other hand is providing a seal against vaginal wall below the cervix. Every four to twelve hours or depending to the amount of flow, the cup needs to be removed, emptied and rinsed before it is reinserted to the vagina.
In comparison to the tampons and pads, the menstrual cups are made to collect all menstrual fluids than absorbing it. Whether you believe it or not, a cup can be used time and time again for not less than 5 years making the long term cost significantly lower rather than disposable pads or tampons. These menstrual cups are additionally promoted as a more eco-friendly and practical option than tampons and pads.
Before menstrual cups are inserted to the vagina, it has to be either pinched or folded. It automatically unfolds and creates a light seal against the vaginal wall. There are instances however that the user might have to twist the cup or even flex the vaginal muscles in order to make sure that the cup is fully open. Assuming that it is inserted right, then it shouldn’t cause discomfort or leaks. As for those who know how to insert non applicator tampon, inserting a cup can be learnt fast. The C-shape is one of the most popular folding techniques that can be used for the insertion of the cup.
Some lubricant ingredient may cause damage to the silicon which is the reason why if lubrication is necessary for a fast and easy insertion, it ought to be water-based. After four hours to a day of use or depending on your flow, you have to remove your menstrual cup by reaching to the stem to be able to get its base. Pulling the stem is never recommended when removing the cup as it can cause suction. You should pinch the base of the menstrual cup to be able to release its seal and remove the cup easily.
After emptying the cup, rinse or wipe it before you reinsert it to the vagina. You can sterilize it in a boiling water for few minutes or use a mild soap for cleaning it. For soaking the cup, you can use a sterilizing solution that is typically intended for breast pump equipment and baby bottles.