MENSTRUAL CUP: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Menstrual Cups: An introduction
Menstrual cups are the latest innovation that help women of menstruation age to experience a hassle-free period. These menstrual cups are also highly eco-friendly when compared to tampons and pads. So the moot question therefore is: What is a menstrual cup?
The short answer: a menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product that is perfectly reusable. Menstrual cups such as Senziwash True Cups are highly flexible funnel shaped cup that is made of 100 per cent medical grade silicon. These cups can be effortlessly inserted into your vagina to collect the period fluid.
The biggest advantage of these menstrual cups, which are a healthy alternative to sanitary pads is that cups can hold more blood than all the other existing methods, and depending on your flow you can readily wear a cup for up to approximately 8 hours..
Having told you what menstrual cups are, reading this article will give you a primary awareness on How to use a menstrual cup? How to put in your menstrual cup/ How to insert menstrual cup, What are the various Menstrual cup folds? When to take your menstrual cup out? How to remove your menstrual cup? etc.
Having removed the cup what are the Menstrual Cup aftercare that you need to take? The other questions that this article would answer include What are the advantages of using menstrual cups? What can be the limitations, if any, of using a menstrual cup? In other words, what are menstrual cup disadvantages? Finally how much does it cost?
How to use a menstrual cup
If you have made up your mind to use a menstrual cup, then the initial thing to do is to talk to your gynecologists’. This is because a gynecologist will explain to you what cup size you need. Once done, you can then opt for a cup that fits your size. Meanwhile, Senziwash True cup is available in small, medium and large sizes.
Your physician determines the right size for your cup based on criterions such as your age, the length of your cervix, whether you have a heavy flow or not, strength of your pelvic floor muscles, if you have given birth vaginally among others.
Universally, smaller menstrual cups are generally recommended for women who are younger than 30 years of age and haven’t given birth vaginally. Larger cup sizes are usually ear marked for women who have crossed 30 years, have given birth vaginally, or have heavier periods.
Further, if you are using a menstrual cup for the first time, then to ensure a good menstrual hygiene you need to lubricate the rim with a water or water based lube. Apart from ensuring menstrual hygiene a wet cup becomes much easier to insert..
Menstrual cups are relatively easy to insert and can arrive as an alternative to tampons and pads. Want to use a cup scientifically? All you need to do is follow these steps for apt use::
- Thoroughly wash your hands
- Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
- Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
- Insert the cup, with rim facing up, right into your vagina just like you would do with a tampon. Importantly, the cup should sit a few inches below your cervix.
- Once the cup is inserted into your vagina, rotate the cup. It will instantly spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
By following these steps, you will never feel the presence of the cup inside. You can do all your daily official as well as personal activities with total ease and zero hindrance.
When to take your menstrual cup out
Having inserted the cup, this is the logical next question that would pop in your mind. The brief answer: you can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours. However, this is not a rule of thumb. The number of hours you can wear the cup primarily depends on whether or not you have a heavy flow. That said, you can always use a cup for overnight protection.
Importantly, you must, at any cost, remove the cup once you have reached the 12 hour mark. This is because, after wearing for about 12 hours your cup will be full and therefore you might have to empty it out ahead of the schedule to prevent leaks.
How to take your menstrual cup out
After an extensive menstrual cup use, you can safely take out a menstrual cup. However, you need to follow the below steps for that. They are as under:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Place your index finger and thumb right into your vagina. After that gently pull the stem of the cup until you can reach the base.
- Subsequently, pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
- Once out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet prior to reuse.
Menstrual Cup aftercare
Removing the menstrual cup is not all: as part of proper feminine hygiene reusable menstrual cups should be washed and wiped clean before being reinserted into your vagina. Your cup should be emptied at least twice a day.
Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can last for 6 months to 10 years with proper care.
What are the advantages of using menstrual cups?
The new-age women are always inclined to use a menstrual cup for mess-free periods as opposed to tampons and pads. Following are the menstrual cup advantages:
· Cups are pocket-friendly: That’s right. You only pay a “one-time price” for a menstrual cup that is reusable, unlike tampons or pads which have to be constantly purchased. Ball park estimates suggest that using tampons or pads can cost you upwards of INR 8000 or upwards. In contrast, a menstrual cup price is truly value for money for you.
- Cups are safe to use: This is because menstrual cups collect blood rather than absorb it, with the result you’re not at a risk of contracting toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare bacterial infection that is often associated with tampon use.
- Menstrual cups can hold more blood: Studies at Senziwash indicate that on an average a menstrual cup can hold about one to two ounces of menstrual flow. Tampons, on the other hand, can only hold up to a mere third of an ounce, easily proving that cups hold more blood.
- They’re eco-friendly: Reusable menstrual cups are durable and can be used for a long time, effectively implying that you are not contributing to the landfill. Senziwash True Cup in particular is totally recyclable, therefore, this does not cause any harm to the planet.
- With True Cup you can have sex: Senziwash True Cups are made of soft materials and can successfully stay in when you get intimate with your partner. It’s easy to have sex with the cup inside owing to two prime reasons: your partner will never feel the cup and with the cup inside you won’t have to worry about leaks either
What are the limitations (disadvantages) of using menstrual cups?
Although there are no “telling” disadvantages. however. there are a few limitations that you may need to reckon with while using cups.
Some of them are as follows:
- Cup removal can at times get difficult: Although this is not always the case, you may find yourself in a position that makes it awkward to remove the cup. But as we said, this is more of an exception rather than the norm.
- It can be difficult to find the right fit: This is often the case with some menstrual cups. However, at Senziwash you will always get the support and help you need to buy a cup that fits your size to perfection.
How much does a menstrual cup cost?
Menstrual cups are more cost-effective than tampons and pads. On an average, a menstrual cup price may hover around Rs 750 or there forth. But the upshot is you may not have to purchase another cup at least for another six months.
How to choose the right feminine hygiene product for you?
Using menstrual cup is a no-brainer. However, it is better that you figure out the following questions before choosing the menstrual cup. They are:
- Is the cup value for money?
- Is it easier and convenient to use?
- Do you want to have sex during your period?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then the Senziwash menstrual cup is the right one for you.
Having discussed about menstrual cup use, we would like to re-iterate that Senziwash is the best company in India when it comes to opting for menstrual cups. The True Cup range of period kits from Senziwash has the following features:
- Truly Premium – Truecup is a scientifically designed menstrual cup by an expert panel of clinicians including Gynaecologists
- High in Quality – Truecup is made of 100% Medical grade silicone in a US FDA-approved facility. It is BPA & Latex Free and is devoid of harmful toxins. This implies that you won’t be allergic to the product. The flexible rim of the menstrual cup creates a vacuum seal that ensures easy and mess-free periods even as you indulge in physical activity or travel.
- Soft, Comfortable & Economical – Truecup is made of soft material so that you won’t even feel it down there. Truecup guarantees you straight 10 Hours of Protection and Pad Free Periods. These cups can be reused for up to 5-10 years, thereby making it economical.
- Eco-friendly – True Cups are revolutionary because they are both safer and healthier for women and the planet. This cup is reusable and can be recycled ensuring no harm to the planet.
- Available in 3 sizes– – Small (S), Medium (M) &Large (L).Small cups are suitable for Women below 18 years of age, who usually fall in the category of menstrual cup for beginners. Medium-sized cups on the other hand are well Suited for Women above 18 years (sexually active Young Women) with medium Built and regular Flow. Large cups are meant for Women above 18 years with heavier than usual Flow or those who have given birth.