Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons

Although the menstrual cups has been around for decades, they’re not as popular as pads and tampons. And for religious and cultural reasons, some believe that it is inappropriate.

Do you know how a menstrual cups are made? 

Menstrual cup is a bell-shaped container, made of silicone, latex or rubber. Like a tampon, it’s inserted into the vagina when people have their period. But instead of absorbing menstrual flow with cotton, the cup collects the flow in its receptacle, which stays in place around the cervix through the power of suction. I told you about it in this blog post My experience with menstrual cup: we won’t leave each other anymore! 

In recent years I have used various menstrual cups, now I am trying The Hello Cup: this cup was a launched by registered nurse Mary Bond and Robyn McLean after they became frustrated by the lack of quality menstrual cups on the market. Hello Cups are made from the highest quality medical-grade TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) available Hypoallergenic and recyclable, they contain no nasties and are free of silicone, rubber, latex, BPAs and heavy metals. Each Hello Cup will last at least five years. The colours used are certified food grade and comply with EU and FDA standards. Hello Cups are FDA registered. 

Unfortunately in December 2019 I lost a baby and for a few months I was unable to use the menstrual cup … I bought traditional pads and I got an irritation that … OMG! Now I am even more convinced of my choice to use the menstrual cup! 

Anyway, today more women are prefer to use menstrual cups during periods because they don’t have to change for 12 hours. But it is also essential to know the proper way of inserting the menstrual cups so that you don’t hurt yourself while inserting it, the article below states the stepwise procedure of using the menstrual cups.

Do you wish to use the menstrual cup but then do not know how to get started? If yes then know it that this is not difficult. Once you get comfortable you will be able to do this is just no time. Mentioned are some easy steps and directions which can help you make your menstrual cup experience easy.

Step 1 Gettin Started:
Sterilize your cup before you first use it. To do this, put it in boiling water for 3 minutes (sterilize for longer than the recommended times may damage your cup).

Step 2 Inserting Your Cup:
To insert, fold your Hello Cup using a shallow punchdown fold making sure the punch doesn’t go deeper than the bottom of the ‘Hello’ lettering on the side of your cup. Hold the fold in place by having a finger on each side of the cup.

Angle the tip along the back wall of your vagina and slide your cup in.
When your fingers reach the entrance of your vagina, let your cup unfold inside the vagina and use the toggle to push your cup into place, keeping it angled toward your spine.

Step 3 Removing Your Hello Cup :
Firstly, it’s important to remember that your cup can’t get last so if you can’t reach it for some reason, don’t panic!
Before attempting to remove your cup, make sure you release your pelvic floor muscles – this is essential to make removing your cup stress-free. If your cup has removed out of reach, bare down like you are doing a poo. This will lower it so you can reach the toggle.

Squeeze the base of the cup at the grip rings to release any suction and slowly pull your cup down.

The number of times you empty your Hello Cup will depend on your flow. As a guide, on heavier days you might want to remove it every three or four hours. On light days you can leave it for up to 12 hours. By monitoring the fullness of menstrual cup over a few cycles, you will learn how quickly to empty it as per your needs. For all those having heavier flow, the menstrual cup is emptied often. Remember, you can leave menstrual cups in for up to 12 hours.

Step 4 Looking After Your Hello Cup:
If possible, rinse your Hello Cup with cold water each removal to help prevent stains setting in. Clean with a gentle soap and rinse.

Sterilize your Hello Cup at the end of your period so it’s ready to go next time. Store it in a dry place out of direct sunlight.

Are there any risks related to the use of the menstrual cups?

For example, inserting the cup without proper lubrication can cause discomfort. In many cases, applying a small amount of water-based lube to the outside of the cup can help prevent this. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendations on the product packaging for further clarification.Irritation can also occur if the cup isn’t the right size or if it isn’t cleaned properly between uses.

Menstrual cups have been associated with Toxic Shock Sindrome (TSS). TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. It occurs when Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria — which naturally exist on your skin, nose, or mouth — are pushed deeper into the body. You can reduce risk for TSS by:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap before removing or inserting your cup.
  • Cleaning your cup as recommended by the manufacturer, usually with warm water and soap, before insertion.
  • Applying a small amount of water or water-based lube (per manufacturer’s instructions) to the outside of the cup to aid in insertion.
  • Once your period is over, I recommend you sterilize your Hello Cup: You can give it 3 minute boil on the stove with water (don’t let the bottom touch the bottom of the pan though).
  • Alternate the Organic Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads with the menstrual cup.

What are the reasons why you should use the menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups are usually safe. Remember you insert them with clean hands, remove them carefully, and clean them appropriately.

You pay a one-time price for a reusable cup — usually between $30 and $40 — and can use it for years with proper care. Disposable cups, tampons, and pads must be continually bought.

Menstrual cups that are designed for reuse cut down on the number of pads or tampons in landfills. Mother Nature will love you !!! Did you know that around 45 billion single-use period products end up in landfills and waterways around the globe each year?

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