Everything You Need to Know About Using Menstrual Cups
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a small funnel type shaped cup that can made from either rubber or silicone. There are various shapes, levels of softness and sizes. They are designed to collect your menstrual blood rather than absorb it like tampons and pads. Depending on your flow and the size of your cup, they can last up to 12 hours between emptying.
Interesting Fact: They have actually been around in some form since the 1800s.
Why are they better than traditional tampons and pads?
They are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary wear such as tampons and pads. Some menstrual cups like ours in the CupIT™ Menstrual Kit are designed to last up to 10 years. So that means a massive saving. They are also a lot friendlier to your natural vaginal flora. Traditional tampons and pads contain toxins and chemicals (1) and the fibres can dry out your vagina. Only emptying your cup every 12 hours is a massive time saver as well. Tampons need to be changed every four to eight hours, depending on your flow
Did You Know? Tampons that are flushed down the toilet can end up in the ocean when sewer systems fail and due to all that plastic, these products can take centuries to biodegrade? In Europe, period products are the fifth most common item to be found on beaches! Shocking. Also, a study showed that those that are scented can be made from up to 3,900 chemicals!
How do I know what size I need?
We found that this was one of the biggest obstacles preventing women from making the swap. Many brands will state that if you have given birth you need the larger size. The size of cup you need depends on the height of your cervix most importantly. This is why we decided to include both a small and a medium CupIT with our Menstrual Kit so as women had the choice. Many women reported that they love this choice. Some found that they preferred one size at the beginning of their period and the other towards the end of their period. So we have taken away the guess work for you.
How to use a menstrual cup?
You simply sterilise them before the first use. This is to ensure they are completely sterilised and ready for you to use. They are going inside your body after all.
Check your cup to ensure the 4 holes at the top are open. These are designed to help break the suction when your remove.
We suggest that you slightly wet the cup with a little water or water based lube just to help especially with the first few times to make it easier to insert.
There are several fold techniques. The two that we recommend are the ‘U’ fold and the ‘Push Down’ fold.
Separate your labia with your free hand and then on an outward breath insert your cup. Slowly, rim first into your vagina. Slide up and back towards your tailbone (not straight up) until the body of your cup is completely inside.
Tip: Once inserted rotate your cup by gripping the base of your cup (not the stem) and rotate one complete turn. This will ensure it is in place creating a seal and avoid leaks.
Tip: Wriggle your hips and do a squat. It really helps to get your cup in place. It can take several attempts to get the technique that’s right for you. Give yourself time and patience. It is so worth it. I hear daily “I cannot believe that it’s taken me so long to make the swap”.
How often do you empty a menstrual cup?
You must remove and empty at least once every 12 hours or more often depending on your menstrual flow. If you do have a heavy flow you will find the volume marking really helpful to visually see just how much blood you are losing each time.
How far do you insert a menstrual cup?
They are designed to sit much lower than a tampon. If you place it too high, gravity will do its job and it will come down into its natural resting place.
Can I go swimming with period cup?
Yes you can and best of all is that there is none of that horrid wet string feeling when you get out.
How do you take out a menstrual cup without making a mess?
You must remove and empty at least once every 12 hours or more often depending on your menstrual flow. In order to remove your CupIT, you must first release the seal.
1. So, firstly, wash your hands. Sit on the toilet or squat to remove your cup. (Squatting reduces the length of the vagina and makes removal easier).
2. Gently squeeze the base of the cup with your thumb and index finger to release the suction seal. The stem is just a guide to locate the grip rings at the bottom of your cup. Just DO NOT just pull on the stem. Relax your pelvic floor muscles and remove on an outward breath.
3. Gently wiggle the cup side to side as you pull it out. Keep it upright to avoid any spilling.
4. When your cup is almost out, angle it so as it is slightly sideways to remove half the rim of the cup and then angle the other way to release fully.
5. Holding your cup firmly, empty it into a toilet or sink.
Then rinse and repeat:
We recommend that you wash with cold water first to avoid staining. Then wash using warm water with neutral pH soap. Rinse thoroughly. Ensure that the 4 holes at the top are thoroughly cleaned. Then simply reinsert.
Can a menstrual cup get stuck in you?
Removing your menstrual cup will be more difficult if you are anxious.
Remember that your vagina is only about 8-10 cm long and that your cervix will prevent is from going anywhere else in your body. Take a few deep breaths and focus on relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. Remove on a downward breath. Tip: After sleep your cup can sometimes move slightly higher up. Just walk around for a while to encourage it to move down. If you are still having problems please contact our customer care firstname.lastname@example.org and or visit our website (secretwhispers.co.uk) for more information. If you still have issues removing after 12 hours please contact your healthcare provider.
Can I use a period cup if I have an IUD
Yes you can. We do say that you should speak to your gynaecologist is you have any concerns.
So, are you ready to make the swap? Today you can get 20% off
Buy your Secret Whispers CupIT Menstrual Kit HERE and the discount is applied at checkout. Free UK Delivery too.
Includes a small and a medium sized menstrual cup.
Two organic Fairtrade cotton bags.
Even the hygiene wrappers the cups come in a re biodegradable - simply pop them in your food waste.
AND - For every purchase we donate a CupIT to a local charity to help with period poverty
"Can't believe I didn't get one sooner. First time I have used a CupIt and it is a game changer. I actually don't know what on earth I've been playing around at for the last 25 years!! It was like not having a period at all! Completely liberating ... only have to empty it morning and night. I found removing it tricky at first but soon learnt how best to, and it was totally worth it for the freedom it affords you. I used the blue smaller one most of the time, just the pink one on the first couple of nights. Love the little organic travel bags it comes with too."
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