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What is a Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone cup which is used as a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to disposable sanitary pads and/or tampons. The menstrual cup is placed inside the vagina and collects the menstrual fluid.
What are the benefits of using Menstrual Cups?
What are Menstrual Cups made from?
Most reusable Menstrual cups are made from either natural rubber or medical grade silicone.
What size Menstrual cup should I use?
Menstrual cups usually come in two sizes, with the smaller size generally being most suited to women under 30 who have not given birth vaginally, and the larger size is for women over the age of 30 who have given birth vaginally.
Can anyone use a Menstrual Cup?
Menstrual cups can be used by the majority of women! All ages can use a menstrual cup. However, they should not be used immediately post-birth until you have healed. Also if you have medical conditions such as a prolapse etc, you should consult with your doctor before using a menstrual cup.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and menstrual cups
While the link between using disposable tampons and TSS has been widely linked there hasn't been the same link made between menstrual cups and the condition. There has been one reported case, that we are aware of, of a menstrual cup user having developed TSS so while it would appear that it is a possibility it seems to be rare. Current advice is to ensure the requisite build up of bacteria which cause TSS is prevented by sterilising the cup prior to reinsertion. Best practice would be to have two menstrual cups and to sterilise one while using the other.
Using a Menstrual Cup
Whilst the initial thought of using a menstrual cup may be daunting, once you have gone through a few cycles with them, they become second nature and very easy to use. For the first 2-4 cycles you can use a liner with them, in case of any leaks until you get used to them. While the size of the cup is one consideration, another would be how firm the cup is. If you are more physically active you will find a firmer cup will stay in place better during exercise. A firmer cup is also easier to unfold once inserted. However, if you have a sensitive bladder you may wish to consider a softer cup. Additionally, if you have a low cervix a shorter cup will be best for you
Inserting Your Menstrual Cup
Firstly ensure you have washed your hands. Then fold the cup and gently insert into the entrance of your vaginal canal. Once inserted, the cup will unfold itself open and will then start collecting your menstrual fluid.
Removing Your Menstrual Cup
Use the stem on each menstrual cup to guide your fingers to the base of the menstrual cup. Then pinch the base to release the suction seal and then slowly remove the cup from the vaginal canal. Don't remove without releasing the suction first!
Cleaning Your Menstrual Cup
Between changes, just running the menstrual cup under a tap. At the end of your cycle, they need to be sterilised before storing for your next cycle. Follow the manufacturers instructions which can either be boiling for 15 minutes or microwaving in the menstrual cup clean pots.
Sex and Menstrual Cups
NO! Menstrual cups should not be used during sexual intercourse. Just in case you were wondering...