Advantages of Reusable Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cup is a kind of feminine hygiene product that’s inserted to the vagina during menstrual period. The main purpose of this is to prevent the menstrual fluid from leaking to the clothes. Reusable menstrual cups are typically made from flexible medical grade silicone and have a bell-like shape with a stem to which it is used for the removal and insertion to the vagina.
The bell-shaped cup on the other hand is providing a seal against vaginal wall below the cervix. Every four to twelve hours or depending to the amount of flow, the cup needs to be removed, emptied and rinsed before it is reinserted to the vagina.
Not like pads as well as tampons, these menstrual cups are collecting menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it. One cup can actually last for more than five years whether you believe it or not, making its long term cost to be lower than using disposable pads or tampons even though the initial cost for getting one is higher. These menstrual cups are also being marketed as a practical and at the same time, environmentally friendly option than using pads and tampons.
Menstrual cups are pinched or folded first before inserting them to the vagina. Normally, it’ll automatically unfold and will create a light seal against vaginal wall. There are situations to which the user may need to twist the cup or flex the vaginal muscles to be able to make sure that the cup is fully open. Assuming that it is inserted right, then it shouldn’t cause discomfort or leaks. Those who know of inserting a non applicator tampon can quickly learn how to insert the cup. The C-shape is one of the most popular folding techniques that can be used for the insertion of the cup.
Some lubricant ingredient may cause damage to the silicon which is the reason why if lubrication is necessary for a fast and easy insertion, it ought to be water-based. Four hours after the insertion, a day or depending on how strong your flow is, you should remove the menstrual cup by reaching the stem to get the base. When removing the cup, it is not advisable to pull the stem because this could create a suction. The base of menstrual cup must be pinched to be able to release the seal and to remove the cup.
Before you reinsert the cup to the vagina after emptying it, be sure to rinse or wipe it. You can use a mild soap for washing and sterilize it in boiling water for couple of minutes. Alternatively, sterilizing solutions normally developed for breast pump equipment and baby bottles might used for soaking the cup.