Some women are ditching dangerous tampons for the menstrual cup, but how do you use it? Here's a guide on how to use a menstrual cup safely and effectively.
A woman's menstrual cycle is a natural part of the female reproductive cycle. As important as its function is to the body, it can also be a huge inconvenience. Let's face it, no one looks forward to the monthly experience.
Whether you refer to it as your period, a friend in town, Aunt Flo coming to visit or your strawberry week, most women are not looking forward to its arrival. Although it is a regular event it remains a taboo topic.
When it comes to dealing with your period most women use either sanitary pads or tampons. However, there is a third option that is increasing in popularity.
Read on for more information on how to use a menstrual cup.
What is the Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped device made of medical-grade silicone.
Unlike sanitary napkins and tampons, the cup is reusable, which makes it a huge plus and cost-effective. The average menstrual cup lasts between 2-4 years (sometimes up to 10) if cared for properly.
The benefit of switching to a menstrual cup is avoiding chemicals and toxins used in pads and tampons. It is a healthier option.
Here are a Few Tips on How to Use a Menstrual Cup.
It may be a little tricky, even awkward, at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be glad you made the switch.
1. Make Sure Your Hands are Clean
Whether you are inserting the cup the first time or the hundredth time, it is important to wash your hands before use.
2. Learn How to Fold the Device
Learning how to use a menstrual cup includes being able to fold the cup correctly for proper insertion.
With the bell-shape of the cup pointing upward, flatten the cup and then fold inwards from the sides creating a curved shape.
Pinch the cup closed and then fold it in half.
The technique requires pushing the base of the cup down and pressing the cup together, preventing it from popping up prior to insertion.
You can experiment with different methods to see which is more comfortable.
3. Inserting the Cup
Inserting the menstrual cup is similar to inserting a tampon.
Sit on the toilet and relax your vaginal muscles. You can also stand with one foot on the toilet seat.
With the stem pointing down insert the folded cup into the vagina.
Push the cup and about a 1/2 inch of the stem is firmly inside.
Rotate the cup slowly until you feel the cup open and move into place.
If you experience leaks or are uncomfortable the cup has been inserted correctly.
4. Reusing the Cup
The flow of your cycle will determine how often you empty your cup. Those with a light flow can usually leave the cup in for up to 12 hours. If you have a heavy flow you may need to empty the cup more frequently.
Be sure to wash the cup before reusing.
Using a Menstrual Cup is Easy Once You Practice a Few Times
We hope you find these steps on how to use a menstrual cup beneficial. When considering the health benefits and the financial savings, it's worth a try.
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