What is all the buzz around reusable menstrual cups?
Lately, reusable menstrual cups have been generating more and more attention. Many are wondering what is a menstrual cup, what are the benefits, and how is it used?
First, reusable menstrual cups are silicone cups the are made for people with periods. They are used to collect, rather than absorb, menstrual blood. They are being used as an alternative to pads and tampons. Since they are reusable, they save you money - one cup will last years, so say goodbye to late-night tampon trips, or going to an event and not having a tampon! They are also completely discreet, there are no strings hangin’ and danglin’. And unlike pads, they don’t add any unnecessary bulges in underwear.
To insert the cup, fold it (many different ways to fold), find a comfortable position, and pop it on in. Make sure the cup unfolds when it is in the vagina. This will create a seal against the vaginal canal and will prevent leaks and spillage. Friendly tip: the tip of the cup should be fully inside the vagina and not hang out. Having a hard time putting the cup in? Try using lube - since the cups are made out of silicone, only use a WATER-BASED lube. (Silicone is attracted to itself and will deteriorate the cup, this is messy and not pretty to deal with). The cup can be left in for up to 12 hours, depending on how heavy the flow is. The cup can be worn while going to the bathroom and even while sleeping! Similar to a tampon, when the cup is in properly, it shouldn’t feel like it is there.
When taking the cup out to empty and/or clean it, pinch the cup in order to break the seal created and simultaneously use the vaginal muscles to push out, while pulling the pinched base of the cup. When pulling the cup out, keep it facing upwards, and when it is out, dump the contents into the toilet. Rinse the cup out with water, or wipe the cup with toilet paper and pop it back in. To thoroughly clean the cup, wash it with warm water and soap, or boil for 5-10 minutes.
It may be uncomfortable at first, but try the cup a couple of times to get used to it. We have also found this great resource that allows you to take a quiz to find the right cup for you, we totally recommend it!