Most women prefer using sanitary napkins during their periods. But there’s a new feminine hygiene product called the menstrual cup. It can be used in place of the sanitary pads. We’re sure you all have heard of it but have refrained from switching to it because of the obvious inhibitions
But we would like to inform you that these cups can be considered the best invention for womankind. And we’re saying this on account of the various research studies and numerous trials that have been conducted to test the utility of these cups.
What Are Menstrual Cups?
You can call it a hygiene cup for women. These cups are eco-friendly alternatives to the standard sanitary pads and tampons, which are usually used by women. The cup is made up of silicone (medical grade) and sometimes even latex rubber. It is extremely pliable and is shaped like a bell.
Instead of absorbing the blood flow (as done by a pad or a tampon), these cups plug the flow by collecting the period blood.
Reasons For Using Menstrual Cup:
You Can Leave It In For 12 Hours:
Tampons and pads need to be changed every 2–3 hours or maybe even earlier, depending upon the kind of flow one experiences. But, a menstrual cup can stay in for as long as 12 hours, making it even more ideal to use during the night.
It Can Hold More:
Menstrual cups can hold as much as an entire ounce of liquid, which is equal to twice of what a heavy absorbing tampon or sanitary pad can absorb.
There’s No Odor:
Women are aware of the unbearable smell that is given off by the menstrual blood . The smell surfaces when the menstrual blood is exposed to air. In the case of menstrual cups, due to the airtight seal that is formed by the cup, blood never gets exposed to the air and hence, no smell.
They Are Safe:
Experts have said that using menstrual cup ensures a lower risk of toxic shock syndrome when compared to tampons or pads . This makes it safer to use. There are lesser chances of contracting a bacterial infection down there too.
How to put in menstrual cup
If you can put in a tampon, you should find it relatively easy to insert a menstrual cup. Just follow these steps to use a cup:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
- Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
- Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
- Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
How to take menstrual cup out
To take out a menstrual cup, just follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Place your index finger and thumb into your vagina. Pull the stem of the cup gently until you can reach the base.
- Pinch the base to release the seal and pull down to remove the cup.
- Once it’s out, empty the cup into the sink or toilet.
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