Menstrual cup is a reusable funnel-shaped feminine hygiene device that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. It is made of flexible medical grade silicone, latex, or a thermoplastic isomer. Its purpose is to collect menstrual blood from and prevent its leaking onto clothes. Menstrual cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it unlike tampons and pads.
Talk to your gynecologist if you’re interested in using a menstrual cup. Most menstrual cups come in small and large sizes. Smaller sizes are recommended for women below 30 years and haven’t delivered vaginally. Larger sizes are recommended for women who are over 30 years and have given birth vaginally, or have a heavier period. Find out what size you need.
How to use a menstrual cup
Wash your hands with clean water and soap. Wash your menstrual cup and rinse carefully. Check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open.
Fold the cup to form C shape. While relaxed, insert the cup sitting, standing or squatting. Spreading your legs will help with a successful and comfortable insertion.
Keep it rolled up and guide it rim first into the vagina. To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up to the cup bottom and feel it – it should be round. It can be used any time in your menstrual cycle, from heavy to light flow days.
After abou 4 to 12 hours, depending on your flow, the cup should be removed and emptied.
Relax yourself just as with insertion, grasp stem of the menstrual cup to find the base. The base of the cup is pinched to release the seal, and the cup is removed. Be sure not to pull it out by holding the stem alone. After emptying, the cup should be rinsed or wiped and reinserted. The measuring lines on the cup help monitor your flow and easily learn your rhythm.
At the end of your cycle, It should be washed with a mild soap, and sterilized in boiling water for a few minutes to be reused.
Menstrual cups are safe when used as directed and no health risks related to their use have been found.