These days it seems like everyone is talking about menstrual cups. They were first invented in 1937, but it wasn’t until recent years that they started to gain traction with everyday women. But the transition to menstrual cups isn’t easy for everyone, especially if you have fears about inserting foreign objects or infection risks. So we’ve prepared this little guide, to help you with choosing the right menstrual cup, how to use it, and all the necessary precautions. Here is some information about menstrual cups for beginners. Learn about this whole new world of menstruation care.
The World of the Menstrual Cup
✔️ Finding the “Golden” Cup
Every woman's body is different. Even woman’s vagina is different. The menstrual cup that fits others may not be the right shape or size for you. Look around to find the menstrual cup with the size and design that best fits your vagina. Those who seek the “golden” cup will get what they desire.
1) Measuring the length of the cervix
Just as you might measure your head circumference to buy a hat, you need to know the length of your cervix for the menstrual cup.
The length of the cervix is the length from the entrance of the vagina to the cervix (the opening to the uterus where menstrual blood is produced). Measuring during your period is best for an accurate measurement.
Put your middle finger into the vagina and you will “feel something.” The “something” that feels firm and soft like the tip of your nose is your cervix.
Once you’ve reached your cervix, take out your finger and see how far it went.
2) Medical conditions to consider
A high-capacity menstrual cup should be used for heavy flows and a small-capacity menstrual cup for lighter flows.
It is best to use a larger menstrual cup than the one used before giving birth if you had a vaginal delivery.
Find the ideal balance between the strength of your pelvic muscles and the hardness of the cup.
✔️ Practice Using a Menstrual Cup
1) Try various folding methods
Try and practice until you find the best ways for you.
Cut off the stem if you find it uncomfortable. But, don’t cut the stem off while the cup is inserted! Be careful about deciding to cut the stem since you can't go back, and it might make it more difficult to remove.
✔️ Using a Menstrual Cup
STEP 1. Preparations
STEP 2. Insertion
1. Fold the cup to a shape that is most comfortable for you to insert. 2. Part the labial lips and hold the cup to the entrance of the vagina. 3. Angle the cup to 45 degrees and insert the cup into the vagina.
4. If it feels that the menstrual cup is sitting properly, pull the base of the cup slightly to create the seal.
STEP 3. Removal
1. Clench your abdomen and hip muscles for the menstrual cup to be lowered. 2. Relax your body until your fingers reach the stem and try moving the cup back and forth and lowering it. 3. Pinch the bottom of the menstrual cup, not the stem, and pull down.
STEP 4. Aftercare
- Empty the blood into the toilet or the drain.
- The cup should be emptied at least two or more times a day.
- Sterilize the cup when reusing it.
✔️ TIP. Do I need a menstrual cup?
The menstrual cup requires more skills than other menstrual products. If it’s such a challenge, do you really need to try it? If you’re still on the fence, decide on whether you should try the menstrual cup by considering the following pros and cons.
✔️FAQ. Can I still do ~ with the menstrual cup in?
Urine is released from the urethra and bowel movements are released from the anus. If properly inserted, the menstrual cup is inside the vagina. Urine or feces won’t get on the cup unless you are taking the cup out as you pee. The cup won’t fall out while using the bathroom but test it out if you're worried. If you feel uncomfortable, you can remove the cup before using the toilet.
Some companies advertise that you can have while wearing a menstrual cup. And some people do have sex while wearing a menstrual cup. However, most medical experts and manufacturers of the menstrual cup don’t advise it. There is room for debate, so make your own decision by reading the guidelines given by the manufacturer of your specific cup.
- The menstrual cup is an insertable menstruation management tool that is easy to use.
- It takes some effort to get used to the menstrual cup.
- But, there will always be a reward for the effort made.