6 Important Questions About Using Menstrual Cups Answered Here For You!

If you're thinking of using menstrual cups but are unsure what to do, here are a few of the most common questions, answered. Read on to understand!

If you’re thinking of using menstrual cups but are unsure what to do, here are a few of the most common questions, answered. Read on to understand!

Each time you use those pads and tampon and get rashes and itchiness, the thought of opting for an alternative comes to your mind, but you forget about it as soon as your periods are over. But what if I tell you that there is an eco-friendly way to get rid of these problems?

Most of you have must already heard of menstrual cups and how they have revolutionised the feminine care aisle. However, it is your apprehensions which are keeping you away from them.

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These small, flexible cups are made of silicone or latex rubber. They are reusable feminine hygiene products that can be inserted in your vagina to catch and collect period fluid. Now, before your apprehensions get better of you, here are some questions and answers related to a menstrual cup which would definitely make you change your mind and hop aboard the menstrual cup flight.

How does it work?

Unlike pads and tampons which absorb your flow, these cups catch and collect menstrual blood. Which means you don’t need to change the pad or tampon again and again, as you can use them continuously for 10-12 hours.

Just before the period date, tightly  fold the cup and insert it sans any applicator. If used correctly, you will not feel it. These cups would spring open as soon as you insert them and rest against the vagina walls. You might have to rotate it first to correctly insert.

How to remove the cup

Depending on your menstrual flow you can wear these cups for 6-12 hours, which means you can wear it for overnight protection. Remember, you need to remove it by the 12-hour mark. If it becomes full before that, empty it immediately to avoid leaks.

Before taking out your cup, wash your hands thoroughly. Place your thumb and pull the stem out of the cup softly and try to reach the base. Inch the base and pull down to remove the cup.

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Now you can empty the cup in the toilet. If your bodily fluid grosses you out each time you change the pad, this is the best way to get rid of that in one go.

Are these menstrual cups reusable? If yes, how to maintain hygiene?

Most menstrual cups are reusable, so maintaining hygiene is essential. They should be washed and wiped clean before they are inserted and should be emptied at least twice a day. After emptying it, wash with soap and at the end of your cycle sterilise it in boiling water. However, disposable cups should be thrown out after one use.

Are menstrual cups safe?

Menstrual cups are safer than pads and tampons. While pads and tampons absorb the blood, these cups simply collect it. So you are not at the risk of getting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) which is a bacterial infection tampon users are at risk of. And of course, you will be free of rashes and itchiness caused by pads.

Are they eco-friendly?

Reusable menstrual cups last for a long time. This means you will not enhance environmental wastes by disposing the pads and tampons. In short, less waste in landfills.

Are they pocket-friendly?

Pads and tampons need to be bought every month. However, you would pay only one time for a reusable cup.

Menstrual cups are available on all online shopping sites. Before opting for one, consider the eco-friendly and pocket-friendly factors. If still unsure, consult your gynaecologist.

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