What is a menstrual cup and how to use it? When I heard about menstrual cups, the first thought that crossed my mind was “What is that?” So naturally, I did some research only to come across tons of forums talking, and explaining what a menstrual cup is. I read that is is made of medical grade silicone, so it’s very safe. It collects your menstrual blood for up to 12 hours a day without leaks. 12 hours you say?
Yes, that’s right - 12 full hours where you don’t have to constantly run to the bathroom to check for leaks. You can have carefree fun without having to constantly worry about your period. If you aren’t Squeamish at the sight of blood, then this is something that will change the way you think about your period.
As time has gone on we’ve learned that tampons and pads are bleached with chemicals. According to wellandgood.com, there are more than 6 toxic chemicals in them. If that doesn’t send red flags, I don’t know what will. Luckily women are creating other alternatives when it comes to our periods, and menstrual cups are one of them.
Don’t let the idea of menstrual cups intimidate you. There’s a lot of information, but here's every answer you need for what is a menstrual cup and how to use it.
1. First, Figure out How Low Your Cervix Sits
This could change when you’re on your period. Do you have a high cervix or a low cervix?
2. Next, Determine How Your Flow is
What are your heaviest days? This will help you figure out if you have to empty your cup more than once a day.
3. Sizes Are Tricky
There are always 2 sizes, and it depends on if you’ve given birth or not. Size one if you haven’t given birth vaginally. Size 2 if you have. This doesn’t always apply to everyone. I use size 2 because I’ve always had leaks with size 1.
4. Forums Are Your Best Friend
Not only is this new territory that you’ll be venturing into, but you might feel alone. Remember that forums are your best friend. There are tons of women and blogs that can help, and that most likely have the same issues with their menstrual cup as you do.
5. Remember to Be Patient
You most likely won’t get it on the first try, and that’s okay. The trickiest part of a menstrual cup is getting it to pop open after insertion. But don’t freak out if it doesn’t open right away. Also, remember that it cannot get lost inside of you.
It will take time, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t wanna go back to old methods.