In recent years, the menstrual cup has become a well-known alternative to pads or tampons. But what exactly is it? How do you use the menstrual cup and which cup suits you best? Don't worry! We're here to help you.
What is a menstrual cup?
The menstrual cup is shaped like a funnel and is made of medical grade that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation, just like a tampon. The cup collects menstrual blood and once it is full, you remove the cup and empty it into the toilet.
Unlike pads and tampons, the menstrual cup is reusable and therefore friendly for our planet. Did you know that a woman throws away about 11,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime? A menstrual cup lasts up to 10 years and therefore creates much less waste!
How do you use a menstrual cup?
Where pads and tampons absorb, the menstrual cup captures the blood. The cup can be worn during the day or night and must be emptied and cleaned between 8-12 hours.
Inserting the menstrual cup can take some time to get used to, especially in the beginning; it is a matter of practice ladies. To make the insertion a little easier, you can use a water-based lubricant. The water-based vegan lube from MyLubie is perfect for this.
When inserting the cup, it is important to be relaxed and in a comfortable position for you. Some women prefer to sit on the toilet, whilst others stand. Find out what you like best! The menstrual cup is too big to insert immediately just like a tampon, which is why you have to fold the cup.
The folding is also done so that the cup automatically flips open when it is inserted at the right height, then it creates a vacuum and the cup stays in place this way. The vacuum will be abolished when you squeeze the bottom of the cup, so you can remove it smoothly again.
How do you clean a menstrual cup?
Cleaning the cup is important, because it prevents bacteria growth and irritation. When your period starts, it is important to boil out the cup. Place the cup in boiling water and boil it for about 3-5 minutes. Let it dry and you’re good to go!
Pro Tip: boil the cup in a whisk, so it doesn’t touch the bottom of the pan. You don’t have to boil your menstrual cup with every use. The advice is to do it at the start and end of your period. It is good to rinse the cup with water at every change during the menstruation.
Which menstrual cup suits you best?
When choosing a menstrual cup, you should pay attention to three things: the size, shape and flexibility. Which size suits you, depends on several factors, such as your age, build and the severity of your periods. The shape and flexibility of the cup involves looking at your muscle tone.