Menstrual cup is the latest trend in the feminine world: it is a small cup made of silicone or rubber that you can insert in your vagina during menstruation. One major thing that makes menstrual cups so appealing is the fact that they are reusable. Unlike pads and tampons, one menstrual cup can serve you for years. You don’t have to trash it once it’s filled up, you can sterilize it and make use of it again—dear monthly money for pads or tampons, stay put.
However, many women are skeptical about using menstrual cups for a number of understandable reasons. The thought of inserting and walking about with a concrete object in the vagina doesn’t bring up a convenient image in the mind. Plus how safe is it or how do you even begin to fit in the cup down your little hole? Let’s pick the issue of inserting the cup first and clear that out of the way.
How To Insert The Menstrual Cup
The first time will definitely be a learning curve for you, both in putting in the cup and in pulling it out. You can expect to get it wrong the first time. However, it helps to lubricate the menstrual cup with a water-based lubricant for easier insertion. The cup is easy to manipulate as it is very flexible. Here’s a step-by-step process of inserting the menstrual cup:
- Wash your hands carefully with soap and water
- Lubricate the menstrual cup
- With the rim of the cup facing up, fold it in half—making it look like a straight-shaped tampon.
- Now the insertion: widen your legs as far as you can or place one foot on your toilet seat then gently insert the cup.
- Once the cup is inside your vagina, slightly rotate it. It will spread out to form an airtight seal that won’t leak.
Before removing the menstrual cup, you should also wash your hands thoroughly. Reach for the stem of the cup using your thumb and index finger, then tighten your abdominal muscles to help push it out. Once you can feel the base of the cup, pinch it to release the seal and finally pull down the cup. It’s as simple as that, empty the content in the toilet and cleanse the cup. Sterilize it with boiling water before using it again.
How Far In Should A Menstrual Cup Go?
Although vagina shapes vary, you shouldn’t struggle with getting a menstrual cup to properly fit into your vagina once you buy your menstrual cup match. The menstrual cup should be at the lower part of your vagina—nothing should stick out though. The tip of the stem should not be farther than 1cm from the opening of your vagina.
Are Menstrual Cups Uncomfortable?
It’s normal to experience a slight discomfort the first time you use a menstrual cup. It gets easier with time though. In fact, a lot of menstrual cup users testify that they don’t even remember they have something in there most of the time. This is due to the fact that the flexible silicone that the cup is made of levels up with your body heat.
Are Menstrual Cups Safe?
While it’s difficult to tell if the horror stories online about menstrual cups getting stuck is true or false, there also happen to be a thousand and one women who swear that the cup is completely safe and comfortable. It all boils down to getting one that is the right fit for you. Even if you find it difficult to take it out the first few times you use it, best believe that it can’t get lost in your vagina (your anatomy structure won’t let it).
- Cups stay in longer, no quick rush to the bathroom to change. They can protect you from stains for up to 12 hours.
- The reusable menstrual cups can last for 10 years before needing replacement—so they are not only wallet-friendly but also eco-friendly.
- The dome design of the disposable menstrual cups allow for mess-free penetrative sex. So you can enjoy sex with your partner without worrying about blood stains.
- The airtight seal of the cup prevents unpleasant smell.
- Finding the right fit can be really difficult.
- Not being hygiene-conscious while using it could result in vaginal irritation or infection.
- Removal can get messy, especially your first few trials.
- It can dislodge your intrauterine device (IUD) if you have one.