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. Reusable menstrual cups are typically made from flexible medical grade silicone and have a bell-like shape with a stem to which it is used for the removal and insertion to the vagina.
As for its bell-shaped design, this is intentionally designed to effectively provide a seal against vaginal wall right below the cervix. Every four to twelve hours or depending to the amount of flow, the cup needs to be removed, emptied and rinsed before it is reinserted to the vagina.
In comparison to the tampons and pads, the menstrual cups are made to collect all menstrual fluids than absorbing it. One cup can actually last for more than five years whether you believe it or not, making its long term cost to be lower than using disposable pads or tampons even though the initial cost for getting one is higher. 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. Those who are aware in inserting non applicator tampon can learn fast how a cup can be inserted. The C-shape is one of the most popular folding techniques that can be used for the insertion of the cup.
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 never recommended when removing the cup as it can cause suction. The base of the menstrual cup should be pinched in order to release the seal and remove the cup.
After emptying the cup, rinse or wipe it before you reinsert it to the vagina. You can sterilize it in a boiling water for few minutes or use a mild soap for cleaning it. Sterilizing solutions manufactured for breast pump equipment and baby bottles can also be used for soaking the cup.