Advantages of Reusable Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cup is inserted to the vagina during menstrual period. The primary objective of such is preventing menstrual fluid to leak to the clothes. These reusable menstrual cups are flexible and uses medical grade silicone which have a bell-like shape with a stem where it’s used to remove and insert to the vagina.
On the other hand, its bell-shaped design provides tight seal against the 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. Believe it or not, one cup can be reused for more than five years, which makes its long term cost lower than disposable pads or tampons despite the fact that the initial cost of buying 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 first pinched or folded and then, inserted to the vagina. It automatically unfolds and creates a light seal against the vaginal wall. As a matter of fact, there are scenarios wherein the user need to flex their vaginal muscles or twist the cup to ensure that the cup is totally open. The cup must not leak or even cause discomfort as what tampons do if it is inserted correctly. As for those who know how to insert non applicator tampon, inserting a cup can be learnt fast. There are many folding techniques that can be used for insertion and among the most common folds is in C-shape.
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. You should pinch the base of the menstrual cup to be able to release its seal and remove the cup easily.
After emptying the cup, rinse or wipe it before you reinsert it to the vagina. You can use a mild soap for washing and sterilize it in boiling water for couple of minutes. For soaking the cup, you can use a sterilizing solution that is typically intended for breast pump equipment and baby bottles.