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How to Clean a Menstrual Cup

By Misty Thomas. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Clean a Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups are another method available to use during your period. Menstrual cups have many benefits compared with tampons and pads. Unlike tampons, they don't dry out the interior of your vagina and you can wear them for up to 12 hours without fearing about the toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Besides, it's an economic method given that one cup can last for many years. Also it's great for the environment as it doesn't cause any waste. However, it is important that you keep it clean if you don't want to suffer from infections. The steps to follow to clean it are easy, so there is no reason why you wouldn't keep it properly clean. Read this OneHowTo article and find out how to clean your menstrual cup.

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Cleaning before use

The menstrual cup is very protective for women during their periods. It is very important that it is kept clean. Before inserting the cup for the first time you need to sterilize it.

To do so, put the cup inside a pot with hot water and boil it. Keep the cup in the pot for 5 minutes and take it out. The menstrual cup is then ready to use.

Note that you don't need to boil your cup everytime after using it, as this might harm it. You really only need to follow this procedure the first time you use it.

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Keeping it clean

You only need to boil your menstrual cup the first time you use it, the next times you clean it you can do it with water and soap. However, it is important that you use unscented soaps or natural soaps that don't have heavy scents, as this might change the pH in your vagina and cause infections.

As we've said before, there is no need to boil your menstrual cup everytime. However, if you want, you can boil it at the end of each period, so it is sterilized for the next time you have to use it.

Storing your cup

When you are not using your menstrual cup, it is important that you store it properly. Most of these cups do include a nice cotton bag when you purchase them. This bag can keep it safe and clean when you are not using it. Be sure to store the bag in your bathroom in a clean place. It is important to use the cotton bag because the cup needs some sort of ventilation. If you store it in an air tight container, it can cause bacteria to form in it.

How to Clean a Menstrual Cup - Storing your cup

Menstrual cups are easy to clean

As you can see, it is easy to clean and store your menstrual cup. By taking proper care of it, you can keep it around for many years and you will never have to buy tampons again.

If you want to try using a menstrual cup but are not sure how to do it, read our article how to use a menstrual cup where you'll find all the information you need.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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