How to Use a Menstrual Cup

How to Use a Menstrual Cup

Tampons and pads are not the only methods available to use during your menstrual cycle. The menstrual cup is a new invention that has many benefits and many women have started to turn to it during their periods. Contrary to tampons, menstrual cups don't dry out the interior of your vagina. Moreover, you can wear them for up to more than 12 hours, as there is no risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), something that can happen if you use tampons and leave them inside for too long. But besides this health benefit, menstrual cups are much more ecologic than tampons and pads, given that it is a reusable resource and they last for years. If you're tired of using tampons and pads and want to try this new revolutionary method, read this OneHowTo article and find out how to use a menstrual cup.

How do I use it?

The menstrual cup works very much like a tampon, but many women say it works better and is much more comfortable. Tampons absorb the blood and for this reason they dry out the vagina and leave an uncomfortable feeling. Contrary to this, menstrual cups collect the blood inside the cup, preserving the moisture inside the vagina. These cups can last for almost a decade if they are taken care of properly.

The menstrual cup collects the period blood, which stays inside the cup until you empty it. Depending on your menstrual flow you'll have to empty it more or less times during the day, but the majority of women agree in saying that they don't have to empty their menstrual cups as much as they had to change pads or tampons. You don't need to take it out everytime you go to the toilet, as it stays inside the vagina and can only be taken out if you push with your pelvic muscles and your fingers.

To insert it on your vagina, there are different ways that can work for you. You can read all the instructions on the leaflet when you buy a menstrual cup, but there are different ways of folding it so it's easier for you to insert it. In the next step we'll explain you these different folds.

Different Folds

Just like tampons, there is no danger in using a menstrual cup if you're still a virgin. Menstrual cups come in different sizes, so if you're a virgin or haven't had any children, it's better to use the small size.

There are many ways that you can fold the menstrual cup so that it will work best for you. You can fold it in C shape or roll it all like a tube. Regardless of the method you use to put it in, the menstrual cup will unfold inside your vagina the same way. Choose the inserting method that feels more comfortable to you.

Cleanliness and Inserting

Just like anything else that you put into your body, you should make sure it is clean. The first step is to wash your hands and make sure they are clean. Then you need to boil the cup to make sure there is no dirt or oils lingering on it. This could cause a serious infection that could lead to something very severe. Always be as clean and safe as possible. Once you have cleaned the cup, it will now be time to insert it.

You will need to find where your cervix is. You can do this with your fingers and you will be able to feel the right spot to place the cup. This will work just like inserting a tampon. Once you have put the cup into your cervix and it is comfortable, you will feel it expand and open up. This means that it is now protecting you during your period.

If you've inserted the cup correctly you shouldn't feel it. If you feel discomfort, it is because the cup hasn't been inserted correctly or hasn't unfolded properly. Don't panic, take it out and try reinserting it again.

Practice is the key

If you've already used tampons you'll know how hard it can be to insert it correctly the first times. We recommend you to use the menstrual cup at home for the first times, so you'll have time to work out which inserting method works best for you and you'll be able to remove it at any time if you feel something is wrong.

Even if the first times may be hard and you may spend a lot of time in the toilet inserting the menstrual cup, you'll soon gain practice and after a couple of times you'll be able to use the cup with no problem.

Cleaning your cup everytime

The step of boiling the cup really only needs to be done the first time you use it. After this, you only need to wash your cup with water and soap. Use a natural soap without scent, and your cup will last for many years.

When you feel it's time to empty the cup, take it out of your body by pushing with your muscles (as if you were trying to pee very hard) and with your fingers catch the stem at the base of the cup. Now, press the base of the cup gently so it will brake the vacuum and you'll be able to remove it. Then, empty the content in the toilet and wash it with water and the natural soap. Once it's clean, you can insert it again.

We recommend you to use the menstrual cup at home the first times because this way you'll get used to the removing and inserting methods. Once you're comfortable with them, you can wear the cup outside and empty it and clean it anywhere.

However, take note that menstrual cups can collect more fluid than tampons and pads, therefore there is no need to empty them too many times. Depending on your fluid you might only need to empty it in the morning and at night. The more you use the cup the more you'll get to know your body and your menstrual fluids, and you'll be able to know whether you need to take the cup off or not.

Remember that it takes time to get used to the menstrual cups

Menstrual cups have a learning curve of three or four cycles, so the first times you might have some problems with them. Some women have stopped using them because they thought they weren't comfortable and some others just love them.

Try it out and discover if it works for you. Remember that using a menstrual cup will not only be good for the environment and your health, it will also save you a lot of money, since you won't need to buy tampons or pads anymore!

Many brands and colors

There are many brands that make menstrual cups, so you can choose whichever you like most. They come in different colors and sizes, but they all make the same function. Choose the one you think it will work better for you and start using it!

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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