The biggest reason why many of us women are not yet switching to Menstrual cups is because we are afraid. Menstrual cups are a new kind of menstruation tool that hasn’t always been available to us. Aside from that, we don’t know a gosh darn thing about it. How do we use it? Does it hurt? How does it work? What if it gets stuck inside me? My menstrual cup tips and tricks will address all those questions and more.
Such questions that inspire fear and hold women back from experimenting with menstrual cups. Quite a shame, too. My life is way easier with the cup and it’s a lot cheaper than buying your monthly stock of sanitary napkins or tampons. And and and! It’s environmentally friendly, too, because you use less waste!
Before buying menstrual cup tips
The only material they they use is high grade silicone. Silicone is durable yet flexible. It’s the perfect material for the cup. Allergic reactions to silicone’s pretty rare, too.
There are usually 2 sizes for cups. 1 & 2. Number 1 are for women who are below 30s and have not given birth naturally. Number 2 are for women who are above 30s and/or have given birth naturally. It’s as easy as that. The confusing part is that there are other cups that have more than two sizes. But worry not! Those with more size options have size charts that you can use for your reference!
Rings and Stems are the 2 tails that cups have. the stems are much more available in the market and this, too, come in different lengths. Neither is better or worse than the other. It’s simply a matter of preference. I, for one, prefer the stem one because I have the option on cutting its length if in case it’s a wee bit longer than I want.
Inserting the Menstrual Cup
There are two popular folds
C fold which looks like this:
And the Punch Down Fold:
There’s a less popular folding method called the 7Fold: (my personal favorite fold)
and an even less popular one called the Origami Fold:
It’s all about the angle of insertion. A few women find it difficult to insert due to the wrong angle in which you push your cup inside. The best angle of insertion is towards your tail bone, so you have to point your fingers towards the ground for insertion.
You can practice before your period, but you’d need lubrication for it. You can use water or water-based lube to try to insert it until you get it right.
When using it for the first time using the cup, you can opt to try it out on your 3rd day. Since your flow and cramps are usually lighter, the less stressful environment can make the experience easier.
Removing after Use
Personally, I pull on my cup’s stem until I can feel the bottom of the cup with my fingers. Then I grab the bottom and pinch it in (to break the vacuum) and pull it out slowly. Even now, I kind of still feel pain, but you’re not supposed to, but it’s not unbearable. Just a dash uncomfortable.
Emptying, Cleaning, and Storing
Probably the most over-looked Menstrual Cup Tips, the emptying, cleaning, and storing.
Carefully tilt your cup toward the toilet bowl to dump the contents.
Wash your cup with cool water and light soap. By light soap I mean soaps like Cetaphil and feminine hygiene soaps. Usually, they advise that you go to the sink and wash your cup there. But I do it on the toilet bowl just after removing it. I clean it in the space between my legs while sitting on the toilet. It’s possible because I use a bidet.
After your period, clean your menstrual cup by dipping it in hot water for 5 minutes. This ensures that bacteria is killed before storing it. Pat dry with a towel or tissue and store inside a cloth case. Keep away from direct sunlight!
Isn’t it gross to use a menstrual cup?
Not really. Menstruation is a natural thing to occur to use women. And ladies, we see our menstrual blood on our tampons and napkins, what’s the difference if its in a cup? I actually feel cleaner when using my cup. I do, however, not recommend this to people who are woozy at the sight of blood.
Can I use it while Swimming?
Yes. Yes. Totally YES. Its really safe and you get no leaks!
Can I use it while Sleeping?
Of course! You can keep the menstrual cup inside you for up to 12 hours. So even if you’re a heavy sleeper like me, there’s no need to panic if you oversleep.
How often can I use it?
So long as you have your period, you can use it. The maximum time you can keep it in you without emptying it and cleaning it is 12 hours. I do recommend cleaning it as soon as 10 hours is up!
Where to buy menstrual cups?
There are a lot of places, mostly online, where you can buy your cup. I got mine from Anytime Menstrual Cup PH, though. I love that they’re super helpful with questions and give you tips along the way. You can also buy from Sinaya Cup but I haven’t tried them so no guarantees from me. However, Sinaya Cup also gives very good advise. Some of my tips are from them!
How does it work?
When the cup enters your vagina, it opens up and creates a vacuum of sorts. That vacuum catches your menstrual discharges while keeping the cup in place. Simple, right?
My Menstrual Cup is Leaking
You might have put it on incorrectly. Try wiggling it around and checking if your cup is fully unfolded inside. Otherwise, take it out and put it on again.
Does it hurt?
It might hurt the first time you put it in or pull it out. It doesn’t when you’re used to it.
What do I do if the stem is too long for me
You can cut the stem with a pair of sharp scissors to your desired length. Make sure that you can still pull it out using the stem.
Benefits of Menstrual Cups
It’s a lot cheaper in the long run. Since these cups aren’t disposable, menstrual cups help in saving the Earth by being environmentally friendly.
How do you know its its inserted correctly?
One, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable inside. Two, the cup should be completely unfolded. Three, it should rest on the base of your cervix.
When should I change my menstrual cup?
A lot of menstrual cup companies swear that you can use it up to 10 years, but I recommend changing it every 2 years. Although silicone menstrual cups are non-toxic and durable, overtime, the boiling and the wear and tear of usage can degrade the quality of the silicone. Micro pores form where bacteria can form.
If you have any more questions, don’t be shy and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or simply leave a comment below! I’ll do my best to give you the best answer possible!