What is a Menstrual Cup?
A bell-shaped cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow.
So, Why Use a Menstrual Cup?
There are many different kinds of cups, varying in shape, size, and material. Some can be worn during intercourse and some cannot. Some are reusable and others are disposable. Please read the product instructions carefully before and during use.
|Generally, can be used for up to 12 hours before emptying||Can be messy during insertion and cleaning|
|Greatly reduces risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS)||More of an upfront cost than pads or tampons|
|Most are reusable, saving the average consumer about $3000 in their lifetime||May experience some feelings of discomfort with initial uses|
With proper cleaning, most can last for up to ten years
|Can be difficult to learn how to use|
|Disposable options can be worn during penetrative vaginal intercourse||Insertion process may be uncomfortable for some users|
|Allow for natural vaginal moisture, which tampons and pads may absorb||Require a bit more time and effort, as compared to pads and tampons|
|Many are hypo-allergenic and latex-free|
Some brands include Diva Cups, Softcups, Eva Cup, Mooncup, Meluna, LadyCup, Lunette, Miacup, Yuuki, Keeper, and Femmecup.
General insertion and removal instructions (for most reusable brands)
To insert: fold cup in half once, then half again, and insert into the vagina. If the cup is leaking, spin it around to ensure proper suction.
To remove: pinch the middle of the cup to release suction and pull down straight using the pull tab, pour contents in the toilet, and reinsert.
Most brands have two sizes
- a slightly smaller fit (generally for people who have not given birth vaginally)
- a slightly larger fit (generally for people who have given birth vaginally)
Consult specific brand instructions to determine best fit, storage, and cleaning methods for your cup.
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