Advantages of Reusable Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cup is a kind of feminine hygiene product that’s inserted to the vagina during menstrual period. The main purpose of this is to prevent the menstrual fluid from leaking to the clothes. These reusable menstrual cups are flexible and uses medical grade silicone which have a bell-like shape with a stem where it’s used to remove and insert to the vagina.
On the other hand, its bell-shaped design provides tight seal against the vaginal wall below the cervix. Every four to twelve hours or depending on the amount of flow, the cup has to be removed, emptied and rinsed before reinserting it to the vagina.
In comparison to the tampons and pads, the menstrual cups are made to collect all menstrual fluids than absorbing it. Whether you believe it or not, a cup can be used time and time again for not less than 5 years making the long term cost significantly lower rather than disposable pads or tampons. Menstrual cups in addition are promoted as a practical and eco-friendly option compared to pads and tampons.
Before menstrual cups are inserted to the vagina, it has to be either pinched or folded. Normally, it’ll automatically unfold and will create a light seal against vaginal wall. There are instances however that the user might have to twist the cup or even flex the vaginal muscles in order to make sure that the cup is fully open. The cup must not leak or even cause discomfort as what tampons do if it is inserted correctly. As for those who know how to insert non applicator tampon, inserting a cup can be learnt fast. There are many folding techniques that can be used for insertion and among the most common folds is in C-shape.
In case that lubrication is needed for insertion, it ought to be water-based as some lubricant ingreidnts may be damaging to the silicon. After 4 hours to a day of use depending on your flow, the menstrual cup has to be removed by reaching to its stem to get its base. Pulling the stem is not ideal when removing the cup as it could cause suction. You should pinch the base of the menstrual cup to be able to release its seal and remove the cup easily.
After emptying the cup, rinse or wipe it before you reinsert it to the vagina. A mild soap may be used to wash it or sterilize it in boiling water for couple of minutes. For soaking the cup, you can use a sterilizing solution that is typically intended for breast pump equipment and baby bottles.