MENSTRUAL CUP USE

Menstrual cup

Most of the ladies like to use pads, or sanitary napkins during their periods.But,these sanitary pads are not only uncomfortable but also may cause rashes,infection and affect your daily lifestyle.Women are unable to go for gyming, swimming,running and other physical activities,while using sanitary pads.

Do you know the pads you throw after using are non-biodegradable.These pads cause soil pollution and many a times cause blockage in sewer lines.All these things are very much hazardous for our environment.Menstrual cup is a device that collects your period blood,rather than soaking it.It is made up of medical grade silicone,inert material which is very much comfortable with skin,does not causes any rashes or irritation or infection.And the best part of this cup is that it can be used several times for years,while pads are normally used and thrown,but these cups are re-usable for up to 10 years.

menstrual cup

GETTING THE PERFECT SIZE

Normally,a menstrual cup is available in 3 sizes-small,medium and large.

SMALL– for teenage girl,first time experiencing periods,or girls with a small or lean built.

MEDIUM–  women who have not given birth,women with a medium built,or women up to the age of 30 years.

LARGE– women who have given birth (whether c section or natural),women with a heavy built,or women who are above 30 years.

Every beginning can be difficult and it may take you a few periods to get the habit of menstrual cup.But the proper guide and practice will soon convert you into a pro.The very first time,when you use your menstrual cup,you should sterilize the cup in boiling water.Make sure the water in your pan is enough and the cup does not burnt on the bottom of the pan.After 3-5 minutes the cup is sterilized and ready to get used.

INSERTION

Sanitize your hands and cup using warm water and a perfume free mild soap.After this,find a position you are comfortable in.You can either squat down,put one foot on the toilet,sit on the toilet or simply stand up.You will quickly understand the position in which you are comfortable.There are numerous folding methods of menstrual cup.You can try them and find your favorite one.

PUNCH DOWN FOLD
For a punch down fold,push the rim down to the base and pinch the cup together,so it doesn’t pop open.This fold provides the smallest diameter,thereby making the insertion easier.

C FOLD

For this,fold the cup in half,lengthwise.

7 FOLD
For 7 fold,fold the cup closed and bring one top corner down diagonally to the opposite bottom corner.

Relax yourself before inserting the cup.The more you will relax,easier it will be for you to insert the cup.Insert the folded cup into your vagina.When the entire cup is inside,simply remove your fingers and let it pop open.To confirm the cup is unfolded or open,feel around the base of the cup.It should be round or oval.If you feel  any dents or folds on the base with your finger,it means it is not unfolded properly.For  this,gently hold the base of the cup (not the stem) ,and try to rotate it from side to side to ensure it is sealed.When in place,try to pull the stem a bit.If you feel some resistance,the vacuum has been created and cup has been placed successfully.

You can use water or water based lubricant to make insertion more easier.While using lubricant,just simply apply a tiny amount to the rim of the cup.When inserted correctly,menstrual cup is entirely leak free and it wont fall out,until its filled.

Due to the vacuum the menstrual blood will not come in contact with air,that means no foul odor,ultra hygienic and anti bacterial.

WEAR

About ¼ th of the fluids absorbed by a tampon are natural and necessary vaginal secretions.A menstrual cup only collects the period blood,this eliminates irritation and dryness while ensuring the natural ph balance is kept intact.A menstrual cup has the capacity to collect three to five times as much as a regular tampon.A cup just needs to be emptied in morning and evening.It provides no period interruptions and irritation during work,school,gym,swimming and other physical activities.

REMOVAL

Use warm water and mild perfume free soap,just like you did before inserting the cup,for sanitizing your hands.Again be comfortable and relaxed,before removing the cup.Take your comfortable position,which can be squatting down,sitting on the toilet or putting one foot on the toilet.For removing the cup,pull the stem of cup while using your stomach muscles to push the cup downwards until you reach the base.Gently squeeze the base to release the vacuum and slide the cup out.Empty the cup into the toilet.Rinse the cup with water and mild soap.Once you clean the cup properly you can re insert it.When your periods end,boil the cup for 3 to 5 minutes for sterilizing it and store in a proper cotton bag.

TIPS AND FACTS

All women have differently positioned cervix and it varies how high or low the menstrual cup is placed in vagina.If you feel the stem and find it uncomfortable after a couple of tries,you can cut it to short.

The cup sits below the cervix in the vaginal canal.If the cup is placed too high,you might experience leakage.

There is a big variance in the size and shape of vagina.A study determined the average vaginal canal to be 6 cm deep.But it can span from 4 to 10 cm.

The average amount of bleeding during the entire period is just 2 to 4 tablespoon.But everyone is different and the amount of flow varies from person to person.

Until you get 100% trust on the it,you would want to wear a pad or a panty liner so you are safe from the accidental leakage.

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