What makes menstrual cups reusable
Common questions about menstrual cups
A menstrual cup - also called a menstrual cup, menstrual cap, menstrual bell, menstrual cup or moon cup (from Mooncup) is a cup made of allergy-neutral silicone that can be reused with every menstrual period. It is worn inside the body and does not suck up the blood but collects it. A menstrual cup is a very inexpensive and at the same time environmentally friendly hygienic protection.
What are the benefits of a menstrual cup?
- Despite the higher purchase costs, you save money, as a menstrual cup lasts up to 10 years.
- The menstrual cup is reusable and therefore protects the environment as no waste is produced.
- The vagina will not be dried out.
- No contact with pesticides and bleach.
- Also ideal for women with sensitive skin and allergies.
A woman uses approximately 10,000 single-use menstrual protection during her lifetime. A total of 4 million pieces of this menstrual protection are released into the environment every day and cause damage. Menstrual cups do not pollute the environment and with a shelf life of up to 10 years they are also a very cost-effective alternative. The slightly higher purchase price pays for itself after just 6 months.
Can I also do sports with the menstrual cup and go to the sauna?
Yes, any sport can be practiced without hesitation with the menstrual cup. The menstrual cup is reliable and discreet even when exercising. Since it is not visible from the outside, the menstrual cup offers a great advantage e.g. when swimming or in the sauna.
My menstrual cup is leaking, what am I doing wrong?
Check the correct position of the inserted menstrual cup according to the instructions. Make sure it is against the vaginal wall. It is important that the menstrual cup is fully unfolded. Check this by running a finger over the outer wall of the inserted cup. Check whether the vacuum openings are free and clean them if necessary.
The cervix should be above the menstrual cup. The cervix is the entrance to the uterus through which menstrual blood flows through an opening the size of a pinhead into the vagina. The cervix is located in the upper part of the vagina. However, in some women, the cervix moves downward during menstruation. Usually the cervix is relatively high in the vagina and the menstrual cap is inserted in the lower part, so the cervix remains above the menstrual cup. Tampons, in turn, are inserted deep into the vagina, right up to the cervix.
Menstrual blood leakage is more common in women whose cervix is lower during menstruation or when the menstrual cup is inserted too deep (up to or above the cervix). Then it can also put pressure on the cervix, which can lead to an uncomfortable feeling or even pain. If you notice leakage of menstrual blood despite proper insertion and placement of the menstrual cup, make sure that the menstrual cup is well below the cervix. For some women it is inevitable that the cervix is in the menstrual cup.
In some women, the cervix sinks after the birth of a child, in some it is simply further down. If you have had multiple births or were only recently born, you should exercise your vaginal muscles. Well-trained vaginal muscles make it easier to use the menstrual cup.
Also check that the stem is the optimal length and that it is not too long. A handle that is too long can affect the fit of the menstrual cup.
Since the menstrual cup only catches the blood and does not absorb it, it can only be residual blood from the change process.
How do I clean my menstrual cup? How is the menstrual cup stored?
Store the menstrual cup in the enclosed cotton bags. Do not store the menstrual cup in airtight packaging. At the end of your period, boil the menstrual cup according to directions in the directions for use.
You can also clean the menstrual cup in a baby bottle sterilizer.
During menstruation, the cup should be washed out with unscented soap after each emptying or, if this is not at hand, with plain tap water. If there is no water available, the menstrual cup can also be wiped out with toilet paper and washed out with soap and water the next time it is emptied. Also, each time you clean, make sure the small holes are clear as they will make it easier to take out. The products specially made for cleaning the menstrual cup are also ideal for care. There are practical cleaning cloths for on the go that give you a clean feeling even without water. You can find everything about cleaning and disinfection here.
Do not use aggressive cleaning agents and do not bring your menstrual cup into contact with products containing mineral oil (e.g. petroleum jelly) and essential oils.
The color of the menstrual cup may change over time, but this does not affect its quality or function. To prevent discoloration, the cup should first be rinsed with cold water after it has been emptied.
Can I also use the menstrual cup with contraception?
The menstrual cup can be used with the IUD. The menstrual cup itself is NOT a contraceptive and must be removed before sexual intercourse! An exception is the Ziggy Cup, which can be worn during sex and is therefore a clean solution for sex during your period (the Ziggy Cup is also not a contraceptive). It is so flat that it cannot be felt during sex and still continues to catch the blood.
How often do I have to empty the cup?
Empty the menstrual cup about 2-4 times a day as needed. Empty your menstrual cup a little more often at the beginning. You will quickly get a feel for how long you can carry the menstrual cup without emptying it. However, after 8 hours at the latest, the cup should be emptied and cleaned. It can also be worn at night without any problems. In the case of very heavy periods, a cloth bandage or period underwear can be used as additional protection at night.
Can I use the menstrual cup from my first period?
Menstrual cups can also be used by young girls. The smaller model should be selected for this. It takes a little more practice at the beginning as the vaginal muscles are even tighter than in more mature women. The hymen can also tear when inserted, but the menstrual cup can still be used from the first period. The small menstrual cups from the overview are particularly suitable for this.
Can I have problems inserting and removing?
You can make insertion easier by moistening the menstrual cup with water or by using water-soluble lubricant. Try the insertion position that works best for you. You can also try this outside of your period.
You should also find the most suitable position for removing it. It is also important that you are completely relaxed. You can also help by pressing.
Can the menstrual cup be used with any bleeding level?
Yes. Many menstrual cups have a large capacity and are therefore ideal even for heavy bleeding. Since the menstrual cup has to be emptied less often, this means a gain in freedom, especially with heavy bleeding.
But the menstrual cup also has advantages in the case of light bleeding or spotting, as it does not dry out the vagina and the process of changing is no longer perceived as painful. Fungal infections and urinary tract infections are prevented.
The menstrual cup also only catches blood and does not suck up vaginal fluid. When choosing the cup size, the day of the heaviest bleeding should therefore be based on. Even if the cup is not full on the other day, you do not have to choose a smaller cup.
Can Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) occur?
So far, only one case is known of a toxic shock syndrome in connection with menstrual cups. If you experience health problems while using the menstrual cup, such as sudden fever, nausea, diarrhea or muscle pain, remove the menstrual cup and consult a doctor.
Can I go to the toilet normally with the menstrual cup?
Yes. As with a tampon, you can urinate and have bowel movements without removing the menstrual cup. After a bowel movement, you can check the position of the menstrual cup again if necessary.
Can I feel the menstrual cup?
No, if the menstrual cup is positioned correctly, it cannot be felt.
How do I find the right size?
Since every woman is different, there is no 100% answer as to which is the right menstrual cup. But there are some guidelines that are important for choosing the right size and that make the selection easier. These can be found in the cup advice.
Why are there different material thicknesses?
There are very soft and also relatively "hard" cups. The "hard" cups can still be folded without any problems. The advantage of the soft cups is that they are easy to insert, which is more comfortable for some women. However, the hard cups "pop" more easily after insertion, while with the very soft cups it is often necessary to run your finger around the cup in order to ensure that it pops completely.
Hard cups are an advantage with a strong pelvic floor, as soft cups can often be crushed by the pressure of the muscles.
Where can I buy the menstrual cup?
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