What is a Reusable Menstrual Cup?
A type of feminine hygiene product that is being inserted to the vagina specifically during menstrual period is called a menstrual cup. Preventing menstrual fluid from leaking to the clothes is the main purpose for utilizing one. 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.
The bell-shaped cup on the other hand is providing a seal against 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.
Compared to pads and tampons as well, menstrual cups collect menstrual fluid rather 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. These menstrual cups are additionally promoted as a more eco-friendly and practical option than tampons and pads.
Menstrual cups are first pinched or folded and then, inserted to the vagina. It automatically unfolds and creates a light seal against the vaginal wall. As a matter of fact, there are scenarios wherein the user need to flex their vaginal muscles or twist the cup to ensure that the cup is totally open. The cup must not leak or even cause discomfort as what tampons do if it is inserted correctly. Those who are aware in inserting non applicator tampon can learn fast how a cup can be inserted. There are many folding techniques that can be used for insertion and among the most common folds is in C-shape.
If ever lubrication is necessary for the insertion, it must be water-based because some lubricant ingredients could 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.
Before you reinsert the cup to the vagina after emptying it, be sure to rinse or wipe it. A mild soap may be used to wash it or sterilize it in boiling water for couple of minutes. Sterilizing solutions manufactured for breast pump equipment and baby bottles can also be used for soaking the cup.