It’s a kind of reusable hygiene product for females. It is a small, flexible, funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that is inserted into the vagina to capture and collect menstrual fluids.
These cups can hold more blood than other methods, which leads many women to use them as an Eco-friendly alternative to tampons. And depending on your flow, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours.
How to use it?
It can be uncomfortable for the first time, but lubrication can make it easy and smooth.
Use water or water-based lube while inserting. Always wash your hands properly before using it.
Just tightly fold the menstrual cup and insert it like a tampon. The cup will open and rest against the walls of your vagina and form a seal to prevent any leakage.
Blood gets collected in this cup. Removing it is also very easy. Just pull the stem and squeeze the base to release the seal.
Wash it with soap and water after flushing the blood. Also, it can be sterilized in hot water.
Are these uncomfortable?
If you have inserted it well, you won’t even feel it. You can continue your day-to-day activities without any discomfort.
Time to take out
These can be used for 6-12 hrs depending on the intensity of flow. If the cup is full before 12 hrs then you have to remove it and empty it. Also, it can be used overnight. To take out, wash your hands and pull the stem of the cup with the help of the index finger and thumb.
Advantages of using menstrual cups
- Economical, budget-friendly – a reusable cup is a one-time cost.
- Better than tampons – No risk of toxic shock syndrome
- Longevity than pads and tampons
- Sex friendly
- Some people feel it’s messy
- Inserting and removing it can be hard
- Allergic reaction or vaginal irritation
How to select the perfect cup for you?
There are variety of cups available on the market. Smaller menstrual cups are usually suggested for women younger than 30 who have not given birth vaginally. Larger sizes are often suggested for women who are over 30, who have delivered a baby vaginally. Also, with heavier periods, a large size is suggested.