More on Menstrual Cups
Why should I use a menstrual cup?
Menstrual cups eliminate disposable waste that come with the usage of tampons and sanitary napkins. One cup can be used for several years, which makes them more economical compared to their less eco-friendly alternatives. They can last for up to 12 hours; perfect for active women on the go. Made out of medical-grade silicone, the menstrual cups are safe and chemical-free, unlike tampons and sanitary pads that contain toxins and chemicals. The cup is non-absorbent, which means that you can easily stay odor-free on your period.
Which size is suitable for me?
SIZE 1 (20 ml) is suitable for you if:
(1) you experience regular flow,
(2) your cervix sits low during menstruation (easy to reach),
(3) you have not experienced childbirth,
(4) you are below 40 years old.
SIZE 2 (25 ml) is suitable for you if:
(1) you experience heavy flow,
(2) your cervix sits high during menstruation (hard to reach),
(3) you have experienced childbirth,
(4) you are above 40 years old.
Note: Sizes may vary depending on several factors. For example, some women who have experienced childbirth wear Size 1 instead of Size 2.
How do I insert my menstrual cup?
Get into a comfortable position; you may either squat with your legs apart, or rest one leg on a higher surface. Fold the cup, then gently insert the cup into the opening of your vagina. The most common folds are the C-Fold and the Punch Down Fold, among others demonstrated in this video. Make sure that the cup is fully open inside your vagina; there should be a light popping sound or sensation. In case the cup did not fully open after insertion, use one finger to push upwards from the base of the cup while holding the stem.
How do I remove my menstrual cup?
Reach inside for the stem using two fingers; then push against one side of the cup or pinch the base to break the suction. In case you are unable to reach the stem, you can either relax your vaginal muscles and wait for the cup to go down naturally, or push the cup down using your pelvic floor muscles.
What's the best way to clean my menstrual cup?
Sterilize your cup before or after your monthly period. Push the stem inwards to reduce the size of the menstrual cup, then fill the sterilizing cup with just enough water to submerge the menstrual cup. Leave it in the microwave oven for 1 minute on medium heat, either uncovered or partially covered. Use only oil-free and fragrance-free cleanser when washing to maintain the quality of the menstrual cup.