Menstrual Cup – How To Insert and Remove A Menstrual Cup

Everything you need to know about a menstrual cup and the safety concerns when used.

MENSTRUAL CUP – Most women are surely familiar with a menstrual cup and here are important details about using this.

A small, flexible funnel-shaped cup that is either made out of rubber or silicone is called a menstrual cup. This is a feminine hygiene product, specifically used to catch or collect blood during the period.

Menstrual Cup
Photo lifted from BBC

Here are some things to consider before getting your cup’s size:

  • age
  • length of cervix
  • whether or not heavy flow
  • firmness and flexibility of the cup
  • cup capacity
  • strength of your pelvic floor muscles
  • if normally delivered a baby

Usually, small cups are for 30 years old and younger women who have not given birth in the normal way yet. The bigger cup is for women who are over 30 years old, have given birth normally, and have a heavy flow.

The Lancet Public Health published a comprehensive new analysis stating that the use of cups is just as effective and safe to use as other sanitary products in terms of preventing leaks.

It can be worn for 12 hours and holds three times as much fluid as a tampon. One thing to love about this is that it is sustainable, budget-friendly, eco-friendly, reduces odor, comfortable, and convenient.

However, among its cons is that it can be messy most of the time. Some will also find it hard to insert and remove the thing which may even lead to some allergic reaction or irritation.

Here’s how to insert the cup:

  • With clean hands, put water or a water-based lube on the rim.
  • Fold it in half and with the rim up, insert it down there a few inches below your cervix.
  • Rotate to spring it open inside.

Here’s how to remove the cup:

  • With clean hands, use your index finger and thumb into your part and reach for the stem.
  • Pull the stem gently and once you reach the base, pinch it to release the seal, and then pull down.
  • Remove the cup out then empty it.
  • Wash and wipe your cup before inserting it again. The cup must be emptied twice a day.


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