The menstrual cup is a container that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to deposit menstrual flow. Unlike tampons, which are also used internally, the menstrual cup does not absorb, the menstrual flow stays inside the cup until it is removed from the vagina and the liquid is discarded.
Three reasons to use the menstrual cup
It is so comfortable that you will not feel that you are wearing it while it protects you up to 12 hours without interruption.
It is hypoallergenic , does not contain harmful chemicals or bleaches and collects the menstrual flow instead of absorbing it, avoiding dryness andirritations .
Menstrual cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years , so you will start to notice the savings on tampons and pads soon. Wash the cup after use and store it in its practical box to be protected at any time.
How to insert the menstrual cup
If you are worried about how to insert it, it is quite simple and it is normal for it to move a little in the vaginal canal throughout your menstrual cycle. Do not get overwhelmed if the first time you use it you place it wrong or stain a little, it is normal. We leave you an explanatory video so you know how it is done.
Cleaning the menstrual cup
If you are concerned about hygiene, the best way to clean your menstrual cup is to boil waterin a saucepan and put it in it for 3 minutes.
You can also carry out this process but in the microwave by heating a cup of water and when it boils, remove it and leave the cup for 5 minutes. Some even include a silicone cup that is used to boil water in the microwave and put the cup in that same container.
Menstrual Cup for Beginners
Lily Cup One is perfect for first timers and teens who want to start using a menstrual cup. It is smaller than normal size, has a leak-proof double rim , and a ring-shaped stem to facilitate its extraction, which also does not take up space because it is compacted. Your period will be over in the blink of an eye!
Designed to offer you maximum protection during your period without you having to worry. This cup has a firmer double rim, which facilitates its opening and prevents leaks; It is a small but large capacity menstrual cup and its stem, in the shape of a ring, allows the cup to be easilyremoved . Its price €19.96.
*Price may vary Menstrual cup with applicator
This model includes the sterilizing box
Enna Box, which also serves to transport it and always have a spare glass on hand. With an applicator so that you can insert it more easily and a guide wire to know that it is well placed and to be able to locate the base of the cup, as well as to remember that we are wearing it and not forgetting to remove it. Its price from €26.90.
*Price may vary Organic
The rings at the base of the NakungooCup are not only aesthetically pleasing friezes , they are also designed to provide you with a secure grip during positioning and removal. 100% plastic free
set, with cups sealed in biodegradable envelopes. It has no toxic substances, BPA, dioxins, latex or artificial dyes, it is hypoallergenic and does not irritate the vaginal membrane. Its price €23.95.
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How to use a menstrual cup in steps
1. Sterilize the cup
The first thing you should do is sterilize the cup before placing it inside you. For this you can use a pot that you have at home, just put water inside and take it to the fire; When it starts to boil, introduce the cup for 3 minutes to eliminate any bacteria and microbes. You can also use a microwave sterilizing cup.
Between each cycle it is also important that you sterilize your cup, you choose if you prefer to do it at the end of your period or just before starting it.
During the time that your menstruation lasts, you should wash your cup with plenty of cold water. You should not wash with normal soap, avoid the use of scented soaps; The recommended thing to take care of the material of the vaginal cup and your vulva is to use a hypoallergenic soap or an intimate soap for women that protects your intimate area with a neutral pH.
2. Fold and hold
Choosing the type of fold for your vaginal cup will depend on your comfort, whether you opt for the C-fold or the flower-shaped (or any other), the important thing is that you feel that it works for you.
We also recommend trying different positions when inserting it. When it is starting, the most common is in blades; because it allows you to be wide open and makes your task easier.
You can try it by sitting on the toilet and spreading your legs, you can also raise your leg in the sink or perform the process lying on your bed with your legs spread.
3. Insert and secure
When you are in a comfortable position, proceed to insert the cup, checking that the stem is facing down. Then you can introduce by folding the cup in the form of “C”. There are several shapes of cups but almost all of them are very similar.
With one hand, hold the cup securely as you guide it into your vaginal canal, making sure the stem is facing down. If your menstrual cup includes an applicator, it will help you keep it folded and insert it, similar to inserting a tampon.
Open your labia minora with your free hand, tilting the opening of the cup towards your spine and slowly begin to insert it. Then proceed to leave it there adjusted by pushing a little with your thumb without raising it too much; use the stem as a guide, it should be at the height of your lips.
The next thing is to make sure that the cup has been opened completely. It should be snug against the vaginal walls, one way to check this is to touch the base with your index finger, you should not feel any folds around where menstruation can escape. You can also try turning it inside out to help it open fully.
4. Use it up to twelve hours
One of the great benefits of using the vaginal cup is that they can last up to 12 hours.
However, the menstrual cycle is different for each woman. During the first months, we recommend you check every 3 or 4 hours to find out how long you can wear it without problems.
The estimated time is at least 8 hours in the first days of the period and twice a day in the last days; but it is totally normal if you, for example, need to change it every 5 hours or if you need to combine it with a protector for menstruation. The important thing is not to exceed 12 hours of use.
5. Remove and empty
With clean hands, gently pull down on the stem of the cup until you can reach and grab the base of the cup. If the cup is positioned too high, you may need to use your pelvic muscles to push it through your vagina to help you reach it.
When you have it located, pinch the base to release the suction and move it from side to side as you remove it. Some women find it more comfortable to remove it by using their index finger and thumb to bend the cup. However, you can easily pull carefully, being careful not to spill anything.
You can then pour the contents down both the toilet and the sink, and voila! If you find yourself in a public restroom and don’t have access to water, you can clean it with a little tissue or simply reinsert it after emptying it; once you get home do not forget to wash it with cold water.