Switching to a menstrual cup from your usual trusted tampons or towels can be a daunting process. But rest assured, it’s a lot easier than you think.
Menstruation management has seen a rise in menstrual cup usage recently – as more and more women begin to prefer them. Plus, with a one-off purchase that favours both your bank account and the environment – why wouldn’t you want to switch?
Follow these 8 simple steps when using your menstrual cup:
- Wash your hands and your cup before you start.
- Whilst holding the base of your cup, flatten the opening.
- Create a ‘C’ shape with the opening by folding the cup in half vertically.
- Squat down or stand with one leg raised – whichever position is the most comfortable.
- Completely relax your vaginal muscles and slowly insert your menstrual cup into your vagina – remember it won’t sit as high as a tampon would!
- Run a finger around the base of the cup or lightly pull on the stem to ensure it has opened fully with no dents or folds.
- To remove, use your core muscles to push downwards until your fingers can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base to release any suction and then ease it out.
- Empty the contents and re-insert.
Try using your cup before you start your period. This way you can learn how best to use it, and what feels most comfortable for you.
How to keep your menstrual cup clean
Keeping your menstrual cup clean is unbelievably easy. You can reinsert your menstrual cup after giving it a quick rinse with water, or for a proper cleanse, use a cleaning product such as the Kegel8 Cleaning Spray.
Simply wash your menstrual cup before and after each use with either a product like Kegel8 Cleaning Spray or mild soap and hot water.
Rinse thoroughly to remove any soap or cleaner residue as this can cause irritation after insertion. For a more thorough clean, boil your cup as frequently as you like.
Which menstrual cup should I choose?
There are a number of menstrual cups available on StressNoMore, including:
Our current favourite is the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup. You can remove any guesswork when using the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup. It boasts a number of great features:
- Trimmable stem – because every vagina is different, the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup reflects this
- Air release holes – no longer do you need to have the paranoia of the cup getting stuck, the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup’s air holes feature helps to prevent this
- Measurement lines – with these handy indicators you can really get to know your flow (a vital component for those who may suffer with Endometriosis)