A menstrual cup is a small flexible silicone cup (in the shape of a bell) that is inserted into the vagina to collect the menstrual fluids. It is an eco-friendly product and depending on your flow, you can wear the cup for up to 12 hours.
How to use the menstrual cup?
If you are interested in using a menstrual cup, it would be highly recommended consulting a gynecologist. There are various brands available online and you would need to find out what size would best suit your needs.
Figuring out your size is dependent on the following factors:
- Length of your cervix
- Your menstrual flow
- The strength of your pelvic muscles
- If you have given birth naturally
- Flexibility and strength of the cup
- Therefore, a small cup (known as size 1) would be suited for women younger than 30 years and have not given birth naturally. A larger cup (known as size 2) would be suited for women above 30 years and have given birth vaginally or have a heavier flow.
What are the advantages of a menstrual cup?
- Can be worn for a long period (up to 12 hours)
- Eco-friendly and reusable
- Safer option than tampons
- Holds more menstrual fluid than a tampon or sanitary towel
- Can be worn with an IUD
- Menstrual cups does not dry up the vagina and preserves the good bacteria in the vagina and protects you from any vaginal infections
How long does the cup last for?
As previously mentioned, the cup is reusable and should be washed and cleaned before being reinserted into your vagina again. Your menstrual cup should be emptied and cleaned at least twice a day. The cup is durable and can last for between 6 months to 10 years if it is properly cared for.
If you would like to become an eco-friendly user and have a period free of pads and tampons, then you should consider trying the menstrual cup. Your doctor can help you determine which cup would be the best fit for you.