What are menstrual cups?
Menstrual cups are bell-shaped reusable feminine hygiene products that are often inserted into the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual blood.
Before you continue reading, you should know that among all the forms of menstrual hygiene, menstrual cup usage is considered the safest.
Sizes and how to select the best one for yourself.
Menstrual cups comes in larger and smaller sizes. Women under the age of 30 and have not virginally given birth yet are often adviced to go for the smaller sizes.
The smaller sizes are also recommended for females who have strong pelvic floor muscles. Teenagers too are often adviced to go for the smaller sizes.
On the other hand, women who have given birth virginally or are over 30 years old, are often told to go for the larger sizes.
Menstrual Cups Capacity.
An average menstrual cup can contain about 20 ml of menstrual blood.
Larger menstrual cups on the other hand, can hold about 40 ml of menstrual blood.
Can you insert it into the vagina in advance?
Yes, you can put it inside in advance of your period, because unlike wearing a tampon there is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Can you feel it once it has been inserted?
No, you can't feel it inside you.
How do you insert a menstrual cup?
You fold it in half and push it inside the vagina until it opens and forms a seal, and you can position it so it feels comfortable. If you put it in properly you can't notice it's there.
Can menstrual cup get stuck?
It cannot get stuck because your cervix is in the way. To remove it you use your finger and thumb to pinch it so the seal is broken, and then pull it out. You can also push it out bit by bit with your muscles.
Do menstrual cups leak? Can you even wear them when sleeping or engaging yourself in any kind of active activities like sports?
It can only leak if it is not put in properly, you can wear it in bed when sleeping and it stays in the right position when you are doing sports etc, it does not inhibit movement.
How often do I have to empty my menstrual cup?
How often you need to empty it depends on each person and their menstrual flow. Most people normally empties it only once per day, which is a lot less often than you would need to change a pad or tampon.
Are menstrual cups dangerous?
Less messy than a pad or tampon and feels cleaner. It is also more natural as you are not putting anything with chemicals against your sensitive areas
Durability of menstrual cups and their significant environmental impact.
A menstrual cup lasts for around 10 years, which is a saving in money and also a huge saving of the environment, where tampons and pads do not biodegrade and stay in landfill. Tampons take 6 months to biodegrade and pads take hundreds of years due to the plastic they are made of.
Can you insert your menstrual cup into your vagina before your menstruation even starts?
You don't have to have any embarassment of pads or tampons falling out of your bag or needing to remember to carry these things if you are due on your period, as you can put the menstrual cup in in advance.
What are the cons of menstrual cups?
The only CON really is that, you have to be familiar with your body and anatomy in order to use it, it takes practice putting it in and taking it out.
Can a virgin use a menstrual cup?
Apparently, you can use it if you are a virgin but it might be more uncomfortable.
The fact is, most feminine hygiene products including menstrual cups that are supposed to be inserted into the vagina could, as one knows of, stretch or break hymen.
Are Menstrual Cups Expensive?
Menstrual cups are quite expensive but it is an investment because you do not need to keep buying tampons or pads.
Is lubrication needed for insertion?
If you find it hard inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina and you think lubrication would be helpful, apply a lubricant but do not use just any type of lubricant; use a lubricant which is water-based. Because if you use a silicone lubricant, it can have a negative effect on the cup since it is made up of pure flexible medical grade silicone.
Note: The menstrual cup should be boiled for about 10 minutes after each and every menstrual period.