If you like the practicality of internal protection, such as a tampon, then a menstrual cup might be just the ticket – no strings attached! A menstrual cup can be warn for up to 12 hour, and during all activities such as swimming. A menstrual cup can last for up to 10 years. Menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone or TPE, which is antibacterial and does not absorb your natural body fluids. They don’t harm the ph and environment of the vagina like tampons do. Making the switch to a menstrual cup will revolutionize the way you see your period!
How do I know which menstrual cup would suit me best?
With all the different brands out there it can be daunting and confusing when choosing your first menstrual cup! The three most important things you need to take into consideration are your cervix height, pelvic floor strength and the heaviness of your flow. With all the information on this website you will quickly figure out which cups might work for you, and which ones won’t. Alternatively we offer a menstrual cup sizer service where you get suggestions delivered straight to your inbox.
How to insert your cup
First wash your hands thoroughly. Fold your cup into your preferred fold, firmly hold the cup and guide the rim into the vagina. Make sure to aim the cup towards your back bone rather than straight up. You can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. Your cup is positioned in the lower part of your vagina. However, it may ride-up and sit around your cervix, as long as you can still reach it, this is fine. Your cup is in the correct position when you can no longer feel it, if you can still feel it try pushing it up a bit higher. You may need to trim or remove the stem,but do not trim it till you are sure you can always reach it.
How to remove your cup
When removing your cup, you may wish to do this sitting on the toilet or in the shower the first few times, just in case it gets a bit messy. Carefully wash your hands again and relax your muscles. If you cannot reach the bottom of the cup, pull gently on the stem whilst bearing down with your muscles. This will help bring the cup down. Break the seal by squeezing the bottom of the cup or by sliding one finger up alongside the cup, then press the side of the cup making an indent, then gently remove it. Then rinse your cup carefully in warm water, taking special care to make sure the air holes are clear, and re-use.
TPE or silicone?
Cups that are made of silicone are slightly ‘springier’ and stiffer than cups that are made of TPE. While TPE is a material that slightly softens when it is warn, moulding well to the body. TPE has more of a matt finish than silicone. Also menstrual cups that are made of silicone tend to be more expensive than those made of TPE. However, these materials are both derived from the medical industry and have been thoroughly tested and have proven to be safe. Menstrual cups do not contain any toxic or harsh chemicals and are safe for people with latex allergies to use.
How do I clean my menstrual cup?
You should always sterilise your cup before you use it. There are two ways of cleaning your menstrual cup, boil it or sterilising! Boil it immersed in water (in a pan put aside for this purpose) for 10 minutes. You can pop your menstrual cup into the middle of a whisk to prevent accidental burning. Or you can use Milton sterilising tablets. Set aside a 1.5 or 2 litres container for this purpose, fill it to the top with cold water and pop in a quarter of the Milton sterilising tablet, set the rest of the tablet aside for later. Allow the tablet to completely dissolve then pour half of the water away, then refill your container to the top with cold water. Drop in your menstrual cup for 15 minutes. Rinse off with water and wipe dry or drip dry on a Cup spot.
How do I store my menstrual cup?
Keep your menstrual cup in it’s little storage bag, ready for your next cycle. Do not store your menstrual cup in an airtight container, as this will degrade the silicone.
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Not convinced? Take a look at our Resource Centre for lots of great in-depth information about using a menstrual cup, and all the other options that are available on this site.