Although menstrual cups have been around for many years, only recently have they gained popularity. It is a small, bell-shaped cup that a woman can insert into her vagina to collect menstrual blood during her period. It is usually made of silicone rubber and is reusable. The cup is emptied, washed with soap and water, and reinserted.
The cups can be worn for 6–12 hours before they need to be washed or removed. For women with heavy menstrual flows, frequently emptying the Cup may be necessary. A menstrual cup is safer than pads or tampons for health.
Advantages of Menstrual Cup
Financial savings: It can cost between 400 and 600 PKR to buy a cup. It will last several years, depending on the quality of the Cup. If we compare it with the regular purchase of tampons or pads, using a cup will save you money in the long run.
Comfort: Many people report that menstrual cups are more comfortable than pads or tampons. Cups do not tend to dry out the vaginal area as much as tampons do, a common complaint.
Fewer cramps: The use of a cup may reduce menstrual cramps anecdotally.
Less mess: A cup can be worn while working out, swimming, or showering, as long as they are inserted properly.
Reducing environmental impact: Tampons and pads usually have to be thrown away after use, but cups can last for years. It could significantly reduce waste in landfills due to menstrual products.
How to insert a Menstrual Cup?
Menstrual cups consist of two main parts: the Cup and a thin stem at the bottom that makes removal easier. When using a cup for the first time, read the directions carefully on the packaging and wash or sterilize it according to the directions.
1. Wash Hands
To insert or remove a menstrual cup, it is best to wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Fold the Cup
Fold the Cup’s top and push it into the vagina using one hand. It should be aimed at your lower back. Some people find it easier to insert while squatting. Another option is standing at the edge of the bathtub, sometimes with one foot raised.
There are several ways to fold the Cup correctly, but it can seem complex at first. Here are a few popular folds:
C or U fold: Fold the Cup in a C- or U-shape to appear oval when viewed from the top. The Cup should look like the letters C or U folded in half.
Punch-down fold: Make a triangle by putting your finger on the top rim of the Cup and pushing it into the centre (near the base).
7-fold: To make the Cup look like an oval, press its sides together. Make one surface into a seven by folding it diagonally.
Insert the folded cup into your vagina. Until the whole stem and cup go inside, continue pushing the cup into the vagina.
It should “pop” open so that menstrual blood won’t leak out. You can ensure this by holding the cup by the base (not the stem) and turning it 360 degrees.
Many people run their fingers along the rim of the Cup to ensure that it is open and in the correct position.
People can forget it when it is in the right place, and they cannot feel it.
How to remove a Menstrual Cup?
You can remove the Cup by bending down as if you had a bowel movement. To push the Cup farther down, some people use the vaginal muscles.
You can reach into the vagina with your forefinger and thumb and gently pull down the cup stem. Remove the Cup from the vagina by pinching the base of the cup to break the suction. Avoid spilling blood by keeping the Cup upright.
Some people do not feel the Cup or stem. Don’t worry about losing your menstrual cup in your vagina.
If a person is feeling frustrated, it might be helpful to take a break and try again in a few minutes.
If you don’t want to use pads or tampons anymore, a fairy menstrual cup is an excellent option for period hygiene. Click to buy one. And if you are using a fairy menstrual cup, you can consult us for its use. We will guide you.
Always read the instructions before using the cup for the first time. You may need to try several times before you understand how to use a cup.