Life Changing Discovery: Menstrual Cup!
A menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood). About every 4-12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the menstruating woman removes the menstrual cup from her vagina, empties the collected menstrual blood into a toilet or sink, washes the cup under running water and inserts it again. At the end of the monthly period, the cup can be sterilized, usually by boiling in water. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it.
Manufacturers have different recommendations for when to replace the cups, but in general they can be reused for five years or so. Disposable menstrual cups are also available – these work in a similar way to regular menstrual cups except they are disposed of after every use or (for some brands) after every cycle.
So I wanted to share my experience and answer some FAQ and concerns here on my blog. I know that this is not for everyone. (I’ve talked about menstrual cups with my friends and not all of them were on the same boat as me.) However, I just like to let all of you know that there are other options and alternatives to pads and tampons. Final decision on what to use is obviously still with you.
4. Is it uncomfortable? How does it feel?
- Find your correct size. Meluna, which is the brand that I’m using, carries a lot of sizes so finding the correct one is key. If it’s too big, you won’t get a proper suction and it will leak. If it’s too small, you won’t get it to open. Here’s the size calculator that can guide you in finding your size.
- There are also different handle options for Meluna so choose which you think you like most. I actually just chose the regular stem and it worked well for me.
- Wash your hands properly before and after dumping and emptying your cup. It is very important to keep yourself clean.
- Wash your cup with mild soap or feminine wash.
- Sterilize your cup every beginning of your cycle. I dump mine in boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Use a lubricant if you’re just starting. Trust me, I tried with and without and it’s so much faster when you use a lub. It makes life easier!
- Normally a cup is good for 8-12 hours but observe your body as well. I find that on my 1st day, I have to empty my cup after 6-7 hours day time and 12 hours night time. 2nd day 8-10 hours day time and 12 hours night time. 3rd day onwards 12 hours which means I only need to empty it twice a day!
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