Menstrual cups are bell-shaped objects that a woman can place it in the vagina during menstrual periods. Then after use, the cups unlike the pad can get used again. However, there are disposable ones too. Mostly the cups get made with medical-grade silicone, plastic or rubber. Some people do not know many details about menstrual cups. So here is some information we have gathered about it. You have to know about these things before choosing to use menstrual cups.
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The benefits of using menstrual cups
1. Money saver
A menstrual cup can be available for the cost around $25 to $45 however you can use it for many years. It will save lots of money because you need not buy it monthly like sanitary pads or tampons. That is why many people are more comfortable buying a menstrual cup.
2. Fewer cramps
Some people feel that they feel fewer cramps during the menstruation period because of using the menstrual cup. But it may not be the case for other people. It can vary according to the person.
3. Comfort and convenience
Pads and tampons can make the vaginal area dry. If displaced the pads or tampons can also cause leakage and ruin a person’s clothes or bedsheets. But the people using menstrual cups are not afraid of leakage. They also feel more comfortable using the cup as it does not make the vaginal area dry.
4. More freedom
A woman can work out, shower and even travel comfortably when wearing the menstrual cups as there is no tension of leakage. However, a person has to move carefully when wearing a pad or tampon.
5. Less impact on the environment
There is no need to dispose of menstrual cups quickly as a person can use it for many years. But pads and tampons may have to get disposed of quickly and many of them end up in the dumps. It is hard to get rid of the products.
How to use menstrual cups?
If you have decided to use menstrual cups, the first time is always hard. You may feel uncomfortable to try it. So you can begin by greasing the cup. Try to wet the rim with water then it will be easier for you to insert it.
If you are a tampon user, then it will be easier for you to insert the cup too. Follow the steps below to insert the cup effectively.
- Firstly you have to wash the hand well.
- Apply water to the rim of the menstrual cup.
- Hold the menstrual cup with the rim facing upwards.
- Then insert the cup in the vagina like you do the tampon. It has to get placed below the cervix.
- If the cup is in the vagina you have to rotate it and then it will open to make an airtight seal that takes care of leakage.
When to take out the cup?
Depending on the flow of blood you can wear the menstrual cups maybe for six to twelve hours. You can even use the cup for protection overnight. But always remember to remove it before twelve hours. If it is full you have to empty it. Here are the steps you can take to remove the cup.
- Firstly take care to wash the hand well with soap or hand wash.
- Put the fingers in the vagina and gently pull the stem till you reach to the base.
- Then pinch the base to make the seal to release. After that pull the cup out.
- Lastly, empty the cup in the toilet.
Take care of the menstrual cup
If the cups are reusable you have to wash them well after each use. It has to get emptied two times a day. You can use the cups for many years if they are of good quality and if you take care of them well. But if they are disposable cups you have to get rid of them after use.
These are some of the things you need to know before using menstrual cups. If you are comfortable in using the cups then you use it. You can try wearing the cups when you are in home to know how you feel.
Also read: Things You Should Never Do On Your Period