The menstrual cup is a reusable sanitary product that is inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual flow, eliminating leaks and unpleasant odors. It is an alternative to internal and external sanitary pads.
The menstrual cup is made of high-quality medical-grade silicone, hypoallergenic, and safe for the body. It is soft and flexible, conforming perfectly to the shape of the vagina. It is available in various sizes to cater to the different needs of women.
Advantages of Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups offer numerous advantages compared to internal and external sanitary pads. Here are some of the most important advantages:
- They are reusable and can last up to 10 years. This makes them a more cost-effective and sustainable choice compared to disposable pads.
- They collect menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. This means they do not dry out the vagina and do not alter the natural pH.
- They are more comfortable to wear. They do not move or shift, thus preventing irritations or discomfort.
- They are more effective in preventing leaks. Menstrual cups can hold up to 30 ml of menstrual flow, allowing them to be worn for many hours without worrying about leaks.
Disadvantages of Menstrual Cups
The only disadvantages of menstrual cups are:
- It can be challenging to insert and remove them correctly. It is important to learn how to properly insert and remove the menstrual cup before using it.
- It may take some time to get used to wearing it. Some women may experience some discomfort initially, but this usually resolves with regular use.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup
To insert a menstrual cup, you need to follow these steps:
- Before inserting the menstrual cup, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water;
- Fold the menstrual cup in half or into a C shape;
- Insert the menstrual cup through the vaginal opening, guiding it upwards towards the back;
- Once inserted, release the fold and allow it to unfold completely;
- The cup should adhere to the vaginal wall without moving or sliding.
To remove the menstrual cup, you need to follow these steps:
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water;
- Insert a finger under the base of the cup to break the seal;
- Gently remove the menstrual cup from the vagina by gripping it at the base;
- Empty the menstrual cup into the toilet;
- Wash the menstrual cup with water and soap;
- Reposition the menstrual cup in the vagina.
Cleaning the Menstrual Cup
The menstrual cup must be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Here are the steps to clean the menstrual cup:
- Rinse the cup with cold water.
- If the cup is soiled, you can wash it with water and soap or a specific menstrual cup cleanser.
- Rinse the cup again with cold water.
- Dry the cup with a clean towel or a soft cloth.
The menstrual cup can be stored in a clean bag or box until the next use.