The 411 on Menstrual Cups
Tampons or menstrual pads are the most commonly used feminine hygiene products, but menstrual cups are gaining more and more popularity among those who have a monthly period. For those that haven’t tried a menstrual cup for themselves, we’re sharing all you need to know about the reusable option!
A menstrual or period cup is a small, flexible and funnel/bell shaped object, usually made of rubber or silicone, that can be inserted into the vagina to hold menstrual blood. A big benefit to the feminine menstrual cups is that they are eco-friendlier and more sustainable than other menstrual products and can be worn longer than tampons or pads. This can make menstrual cycle cups more convenient for overnight use, traveling, or for those with a heavier flow.
Possibly the most important thing to consider when picking a menstrual cup is size. Many come in two sizes. The smaller size is for those who haven’t given birth vaginally, and younger women. The second size option is more comfortable and works for those who have a heavier flow, have given birth vaginally and/or are 35 and up. Like choosing the right size tampon or pad, you should consider your blood flow. Your feminine hygiene cup should feel comfortable and painless once inserted.
After each use, always wash your menstrual cup in warm water with either a menstrual cup wash or just a vagina-friendly wash like our natural feminine wash, being sure to scrub any additional residue. Monthly, or between each menstrual cycle, boil your cleaned menstrual cup for extra sanitization. If you keep your menstrual cup clean and cared for, it can be used for up to 10 years!
Learning how to insert a menstrual cup can take some practice, but each cup should come with its own instructions. For more information on menstrual cup use and menstrual cup insertion, visit Put A Cup In It.