Embracing a pad-free, zero-waste menstrual cycle and switching to a menstrual cup takes a lot of patience and guts in my opinion. Inserting an alien object into the private part gives me jitters even as I thought about it. But, I’ve seen women making the change, feeling comfortable and most importantly helped spread the word to make other women cupvert.
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Painful experience to get it inside and fit it properly.
Patience and being relaxed is the first step. There are a lot of YouTube videos that help understand the different types of folds. Choose the one that best suits you and you are sure to be a pro after a couple of cycles. Do not aim to get it right at the first time, this isn’t a race or a competition.
Fear of loosing the cup inside . Ouch!!
That is not going to happen for sure. You can relax, it’s not a tiny pill that is going to get lost or get dissolved. Moreover, the cup isn’t going to pass through cervix so no matter how much you fear it isn’t going anywhere but staying where you exactly put it.
Thinking it needs to be removed when you use the restroom every single time.
You might need to revisit your biology chapters to understand your private parts. You bleed menstrual blood through vagina so the cup stays there. You pee through the urethra and poop through the rectum, so they are all different holes and you needn’t remove the cup every time you visit the restroom.
Fear of the cup overflowing
That’s where the size comes into play. Did you know that you need to empty the cup only twice if you are a person with regular flow. But if you are a person with heavy bleeding, even then it is highly unlikely that the cup would overflow within an eight-hour period.
Thought of inserting plastic inside
Medical or health grade silicone is the material the cup is made of, so it is safer to use. It’s rash-free, itch-free and makes it comfortable.
Tips for usage of menstrual cup
Sterilize the cup, since safety is first
Make sure you sterilize the cup by boiling it, before and after your period. Place the cup in a pot with water, turn on stove, bring to boil and turn it off. Remove the cup, wipe it dry and store it in a cloth bag.
Trying out different folds
Once you buy the cup, try out different folds available on the internet. Choose the one that suits you, the C fold doesn’t suit everyone, you might even find a better one.
Learn positions to insert it
Relaxing and finding a comfortable position to insert the cup is just like finding the fold that suits you. Sitting , squatting or lifting either one of the legs should make it work.
Learning and understanding the how tos before the period
Trying it out during period is going to be very difficult. Make sure you watch videos on insertion, position and sterilizing before your period so that it’s easier for you to do it. Learning how to relax the pelvic area also plays an important role when you use the cup. How the cup works when inserted definitely helps preparing yourself mentally and physically.
Checking the leaks
The fear of leak is the biggest for any women. So how do you check for leaks? There is a pop sound that you hear once the cup is in.
Not keeping it longer than 8-10 hours
Most cups can be kept till 12 hours, they are safer than pads. But make sure you empty it when it exceeds 8 hours just to be on the safer side.
Cleaning before re-inserting
When you empty the cup for re-inserting, make sure you wash it with hot water if it’s available. Else a couple of washes with regular water also works.
How pelvic muscles can help?
Relaxing pelvic muscles by taking deep breaths makes it easier for insertion. Using the muscles to push the cup out makes it easy to remove. Squatting helps relax to get the cup out.
Using cloth pads of low flow days
Depending on the cycle and your flow you can switch to cloth pad beyond three days or days when you have lighter flow.
What are the advantages to use the cup?
- The menstrual cup is the most environmentally friendly and cheap option that is hygienic and also is zero-waste.
- Much more hygienic than pads to use for longer duration.
- Makes the period most comfortable because you forget that you have it inside.
- Makes it easy to do physical activities when you wear a cup.
- Using the cup, helps reduce menstrual cramps.
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