A menstrual cup or period cup is a flexible cup made of medical grade silicone that is worn inside the vagina rather than a tampon during your period. There are a number of advantages of using a cup:
Menstrual Cup Advantages
- Longer lasting; your cup can be left for up to 8 hours. Insert your cup in the morning, work, run or swim – whatever you do your cup will remain undisturbed. Before you go to bed remove your cup, wash it and then reinsert it ready for a full nights sleep – with no interruptions.
- Money saving; If you look after your menstrual cup it could last up to 10 years – just think of the amount of tampons the average woman buys in that time! On average a woman spends £2,000 on sanitary products in her lifetime – what a saving!!
- Eco-friendly; 20 billion menstrual products end up in landfill every year. Using a menstrual cup allows you to make an impact on lowering this figure and helping mother earth.
- Safety first; tampons can cause dryness and irritation. Using a menstrual cup made of body-safe silicone allows you to avoid the dryness and allergies sometimes caused by absorbent menstrual products.
- Total security; using a cup will mean that you no longer need to worry about embarrassing leaks! Menstrual cups are tailored to your anatomy and made of ultra-soft materials in order to form a completely secure seal. Wear whatever you want—even your favourite white jeans.
How to fit a cup
Fitting a menstrual cup can feel very odd for the first few times but try to remember it’s not too different to fitting a tampon. The first time you fit your cup make sure you have plenty of time and nobody is going to disturb you. The last thing you want is your partner or child bursting in!! Also practice makes perfect. Don’t expect to get the position right first time, it may take a couple of adjustments, but persevere – it’s definitely worth it!
First things first, make sure your cup is clean. Folding your cup is the secret to an easy cup fitting so here are 2 different methods you can try. You may find that one works better for you than the other:
- Flatten your cup and fold it in half so it looks like a letter
- Keep it held tightly near the rim of the cup so it doesn’t lose its shape
- Gently insert the rim into the vagina
- Flatten the opening with the tall rim facing away from you. Then just simply roll your cup upwards.
- As you would with a tampon, angle your cup towards your tailbone and insert it upwards until the removal stem is inside. The tall rim of the cup should be situated towards your back
- Run your finger around the cup to make sure it’s entirely open. If it is, it’s placed correctly – you can now wear it for up to 8 hours!
- Gently push the cup down and grip the stem to slowly pull downwards. Once you can feel the base of the cup squeeze it to release the seal.
How to remove your cup
It is recommended that you remove your cup every 8 hours, however if you have a heavier flow you may need to change more frequently.
To remove your cup relax your body and gently pull the stem of the cup downwards. Once you can feel the base of the cup, squeeze the base to release the seal, this will make it easier to pull the cup out.
If you have difficulty, try moving the cup from side to side to gain some movement. When you feel the cup is nearly out angle the cup to stop any spillages.
Empty your cup down the toilet then wash your cup thoroughly. Your cup is now ready to re-insert.
How to choose a menstrual cup?
There are so many cups now available it can feel a little daunting. However not all menstrual cups are the same.
As a general rule size is based on whether you have given birth, if you have had a vaginal delivery then a larger cup will be required. At Menodelight we really like Intimina Menstrual cups, simply because there is a cup for every woman. There is even a cup for teenagers!
Here is a simple guide to help you choose a menstrual cup:
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• I have not given birth
• I have given birth by Caesarean
• I have given birth naturally
• I have a weaker pelvic floor
|• Perfect for beginners|
Hopefully this grid will help you decide which cup is right for you and has answered the question ‘how to choose a menstrual cup’.
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