Menstruating cups are now much hyped about, due to the comfort and ease of use that they offer in comparison to tampons and pads. There are a few guidelines to adhere to when using the cup. After all you are inserting cup into your most scared lady part.
Get the ideal size
There are different sizes of cups that are available at any local pharmacy. There are also many different brands that use different materials which can make a huge difference in terms to your comfort. In case you get a cup bigger than what you actually need you will find it uncomfortable and sometimes may even experience leakages because the cup won’t be able to open up fully. A smaller cup will not fit in properly and tend to fall out or cause leakages. So make sure to get the ideal size.
How to wear menstrual cup would be in your mind if it’s the first time. As the very first time can be a tedious task. It is best if you could squat while inserting it. That way you will find it to be easier and less painful. It is generally advisable that you are lubricated while inserting the cup to avoid a painful experience. Most menstrual cups manufacturers advise the women to use water as the lubricant and avoid using any commercial lubricants. Once lubricated and in the squatting position, fold the cup opening in the shape of a ‘U’. Do this by placing your index finger in the middle of the circumference and pushing it inwards. Then fold the ‘U’ into a ‘C’ to get the widely used ‘C’ fold for your cup. Which can then be easily inserted into the vagina.
Removing the effecient menstrual cup is actually a very simple task. And the more relaxed you are the easier it is to remove it. When you get too tensed up with removing it, your inner muscles tend to hold on to the cup rather than releasing it. Use the stem to pull out the cup. Be relaxed during the entire procedure that way you can get the cup out with no leakages. You can use Kegel Exercises to assist you pull out the cup with much ease.
Cleaning & storing the cup
Cleaning your menstruating cup is very important. Make sure to wash it properly with any anti-bacterial soap. Run it through some hot water to remove any germs or bacteria. Pat it dry with a clean cotton towel. Make sure you wash your hands with soap too. The cup is now ready to be used again!
Storing the cup until your next cycle is also very simple. Usually you will get a storage kit for the cup when you are purchasing it. However should you misplace it you can place it in a cotton pouch. Avoid airtight containers or sealed zip lock bags, as the cup needs breathing space.