All About Menstrual Cups

All About Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups can be easy to use, last long, and save you money.

Having your period is an unavoidable task that most of us would like to make as comfortable and convenient as possible. Pads and tampons can serve you well, but if you’re looking for something that produces less waste and may be more comfortable, you might consider using a menstrual cup. These specially-designed devices can be found in the drug store and may take some getting used to, but those individuals who use them often swear by them. Here’s all you need to know about menstrual cups.

They can be more eco-friendly

Synthetic pads and tampons with plastic applicators create a lot of waste each time you have your period. Using reusable cloth pads can be better for the environment, as well as tampons without applicators, but these might not be your top choices for one reason or another. Menstrual cups are made from silicone, rubber, or latex and the reusable ones can last up to ten years. (You can also buy the type you use once and throw away).

By using a reusable menstrual cup, you avoid all the extra packaging that can come every month when dealing with your period. You can also save money!

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You can change them less often

On heavy-flow days, you might find yourself trekking the bathroom multiple times a day to change a tampon or pad. Menstrual cups can be beneficial as they’re able to hold more blood than other menstrual products. Because of this, they don’t need to be changed as often as other period products. Once properly inserted, you can keep your menstrual cup in place from 6 to 12 hours, depending on the heaviness of your flow. Always remove your cup after 12 hours to empty it and rinse it out.

Once you get the hang of it, a menstrual cup is easy to insert

To insert your menstrual cup, first, wash your hands thoroughly. Next, apply a bit of water to the cup’s rim. This will help it slide in more easily. Fold the cup in half with the rim facing up. Insert the cup into your vagina and rotate it. This should cause it to spring open and create a seal that won’t leak. Once inserted, you shouldn’t feel your menstrual cup, and you can go about your daily activities without worry.

To remove the cup, wash your hands, and pull the stem of the cup until you can feel the base of the device. Pinch the base to release its seal. Next, pull straight down and empty the cup into the toilet or sink. Give it a rinse and wipe it clean before reinserting it.

Menstrual cups are a useful invention that can help cut down on waste and on your monthly bills with a long-lasting device that’s discreet and won’t cause a mess. You can even use a menstrual cup if you wear an IUD. If you have questions about using one, talk with your doctor or gynecologist for feedback and tips.

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