What Is a Menstrual Cup?
If there is one thing that women like to keep under wraps, it’s their monthly periods. There is a lot of prudishness that surrounds this experience and any open conversation about it is usually a least, a little uncomfortable. However, there is a menstruation liberation taking place that has brought the subject of periods into the limelight. And, it has everything to do with the menstrual cup.
So what exactly is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped reusable cup made from either medical silicone or rubber that is used as an alternative to tampons or pads when a woman is experiencing her periods. The cup is inserted inside the vaginal cavity and pops open to fit securely to collect, rather than absorb, the menstrual fluid.
The menstruation liberation currently taking place has made the menstrual cup an item of much interest, and it has gained a lot of traction in form of usage among women. However, the menstrual cup has its origins in the 1930s when they were first invented and patented, but since multinational companies dominate the marketplace, they prioritised the disposable and profitable products such as sanitary pads and tampons.
Cups hold more blood than pads and tampons, leading most women to prefer them as they are not only eco-friendly but also economical. And, depending on your flow, cups can be worn for up to 12 hours.
How Do I Use a Menstrual Cup?
Well, this is a question anybody who has never used a menstrual cup would ask.
Before you consider using the cup, you will need to think about which size of cup would be suitable. You can consider your age, length of the cervix, the intensity of flow, pelvic floor muscle strength, and if you have ever given birth vaginally. But generally, its much easier than the equation above, young women, less than 25 years, who haven’t delivered vaginally should use smaller cups while women over 25 years who either have heavier periods or have given birth vaginally should use larger cups.
The menstrual cup can be inserted just before your periods starter once you have started your period. Tightly fold the menstrual cup, you can lubricate the rim if you wish with a water-based lube and insert it just like you insert a tampon. Actually, the process is similar to inserting a birth control ring in position.
When Should I Take Out The Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup can be worn for 6-12 hours, depending on whether or not you experienced a heavy flow. Therefore, the cup can be ideal for overnight protection. However, by the 12-hour, ensure that you remove the cup. If the cup becomes full before the 12-hour mark, you have to empty it before schedule to avoid any leaks.
But how do I take my menstrual cup out?
Well, you will have to take the following steps:
- Thoroughly wash your hands.
2. Insert your thumb and index finger into the vagina and gently pull the stem of the cup until you get to the base.
3. Gently pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and then slowly pull down to eject the cup.
4. When the cup is out, empty it into the toilet or sink.
Remember that the menstrual cup is reusable. So, good aftercare is very important for future usage. The cup must be washed and wiped clean before they are reinserted into the vagina. And, ensure that you empty the cup at least two times a day.
If you try using the menstrual cup, you will not only realise the advantage of cost-being reusable it is cheaper than pads-but also the advantage of an eco-friendly product.
As you consider joining the menstruation liberation, one thing is certain, that menstrual cups are becoming the biggest growing alternative menstrual care product available, simply because of the ton of advantages.