How to Use a Menstrual Cup?

| November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Menstrual cups are alternatives to tampons that are considered to be more Eco-friendly than the latter and other feminine hygiene products. The following steps have been arranged to help you use one safely and effectively:

Steps to follow:

  • Hold the menstrual cup upright and fold the upper, (larger end) of the cup in half. Repeat once.
  • Hold the folded menstrual cup firmly between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Sit on the toilet, spread your legs and insert the menstrual cup into your vagina.
  • Once inside, release your hold and allow it to expand inside. The base should be within the inner lips, and not too far in. Adjust until it fits firmly into place.

  • Remove and clean the menstrual cup by grasping the base (also called the tab) and pinching it. Pull the cup forward and downward to prevent spilling the contents. Empty, wipe and reinsert.
  • Wash the menstrual cup at the end of your cycle in hot soapy water to sterilize it to some extent. Store it preferably in a plastic bag or purse. Ensure that the bag is clean.

Important Tips

  • The menstrual cup is designed to fit in the vagina exactly; below the cervix. Insert it properly so that it fits at the entrance.
  • Use an appropriate lubricant to insert the cup; a petroleum-based one is discouraged because that can damage the cup.
  • Read the instruction leaflet, however boring it may sound.
  • Don’t keep the cup inside for long periods of time; the build-up is unhygienic and certainly not desirable.
  • Menstrual cups are not intended for protected sex and won’t be much help in the case either.

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