It’s been a year that I have started using the menstrual cup, and I am glad I shifted from sanitary pads to menstrual cups. Menstrual Cups could hold more blood than other options available in the market, directing several women to utilize them as an eco-friendly alternative to sanitary pads or tampons which creates toxic waste. And relying on your flow, you can wear the cup for around 12 hours.
Who is it for?
Menstrual Cups are perfect for women and girls of all ages and flow levels. Size L (Large) is perfect for women with a medium to large build or who have given birth to a child or woman over the age of 30 years. Once this is determined, the first thing that is needed to be done is to find out the true cup size, sharing below points that should be considered:
- The cups flexibility and firmness
- Cup content
- Your cervix length
- Strength of the muscles of the pelvic floor
- If you have a heavy flow
- Whether you’ve birthed vaginally
Before Using Menstrual Cup
It might feel uncomfortable when you apply a cup for the first time. However “greasing” it with a water-based lubricant (also available online) could assist make the process easy. A moisture cup is much more comfortable to insert. But during periods the vaginal walls are lubricant enough to you put in your cup easily.
How to Insert Menstrual Cup
If you hand used a tampon before, you must find it comparatively easy to put in a cup. Else can follow these steps:
- Thoroughly wash your hands.
- Dampen the sterilized cup with water or apply water-based lube to the cup’s rim.
- Fold the cup in half forming a C, or any other fold.
- Keeping the rim up, insert the cup, into your vagina. It must sit some inches below your cervix.
- Once the cup is inside, it would pop open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks. Check by pulling the small stem below the cup whether it is fixed or not. If not adjust/rotate it with your finger. Repeat the process, if required to make sure of the seal.
You will not feel the cup if you’ve inserted the cup appropriately.
And there you go!!
You can now be able to stand, sit, jump, move, or do other casual activities without any worry. If you’re still having difficulty putting in the cup, please speak with your doctor.
When & How to Take Menstrual Cup Out
The wearability of the menstrual cup is up to 8 to 12 hours, relying on if you have a heavy flow. This means it gives you overnight protection during your sleep. However, Please make sure always to remove it before the 12-hour mark. To avoid leaks empty it ahead of schedule if it becomes full before then.
To take the menstrual cup out, follow these three simple steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Place your thumb and index finger into your vagina, pinch and pull out the cup gently.
- Once it’s out, empties the cup into the toilet or sink. Rinse it for the next usage.
Since the menstrual cups are reusable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with good care. Following are the benefits offered by these cups
- Suitable For all activities: You can wear it overnight and even amid all physical activities. It is ideal for all sorts of sports, climbing, swimming, traveling, diving, cycling, dancing, trekking, or common daily usage. It has no strings or wings and leaves no residual fibers.
- Economical and Long-lasting: Offers up to 10 hours leak proof-protection. With a good cleaning and proper care, it is reusable for over 15 years.
- Leak and Spill-Proof: Build with 100% Medical Grade Silicone, these are highly flexible to collect blood without spillage and fit perfectly.
- Covers lightest to heaviest flow. No Rashes Or Itching, Irritation, Discomfort, Dryness, Menstrual Odor (Caused By Sanitary Napkin Pads).
- Eco-friendly: An average woman throws away a shocking 125 to 150kg of applicators, pads, and tampons in their lifetime. Menstrual Cups, on the other hand, save the environment for one truckload of waste in a decade for every single individual who switches to a cup.
I have been using Sirona’s Menstrual Cup for over a year now. It has given me an economical, and leak-free means of experiencing absolute period comfort. It helps us to take care of their health as it doesn’t disrupt your natural pH). Build from high-quality medical-grade silicone which is broadly used in products like catheters, infant nipples, etc.
Before using your cup, rinse it with hot water. This trick worked for me and helped easily pop open the cup when inserted inside and create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
Please share your queries on the comments section and do let me know of your experience if you are using one or if you are willing to try one!