How to use a menstrual cup?
Instructions may vary slightly from brand to brand and it is important to read the instructions for the mug you are purchasing. But the gist of using a menstrual cup is this: pinch the actual cup into a tighter shape as you insert it into your vagina. Then when you release your fingers, it will return to its normal cup shape.
It may need some tweaking, but it should be comfortable. And it should form a seal so your cup doesn’t overflow.
There may be a bit of a learning curve as you get used to using your cup – much like when you first start using tampons – but you’ll get there.
Which menstrual cup brand is the best?
According to our expert sources, no menstrual cup brand is superior to the others. Ultimately, the best cup will be the one that suits you best and that you find both safe and easy to remove.
Be sure to choose a cup of the appropriate size for your vagina. Menstrual cup brands that offer multiple sizes usually have tips on their websites to help you choose the best fit for you. As long as it fits well, the rest is a matter of personal preference.
Which menstrual cup is best for beginners?
The biggest hurdle for new cup users is often becoming familiar with how to properly insert and remove the cup. For this reason, the best menstrual cup for beginners is one that has features like a pull tab or external grooves to add some grip that may be desirable for beginners. For that, we think the Flex Cup is best for beginners, but the Lily One is also a good (and cheaper) option for beginners.
That said, many menstrual cup brands offer several sizes and generally recommend a smaller size for first-time users, as it will likely be easier to maneuver.
Do gynecologists recommend menstrual cups?
The obstetricians/gynecologists we spoke to for this article not only support the use of menstrual cups for the average person, but feel that they are a very good option, especially when considering the durability and cost-effectiveness compared to tampons or pads.
As with all things health, your own doctor is in the best position to advise you and answer all your questions. But in short, menstrual cups are safe as long as you use the correct size and clean them properly (follow the manufacturer’s instructions) between uses.
Who should not use a menstrual cup?
Anyone who has recently had vaginal surgery, an abortion, or given birth should avoid using a menstrual cup for at least six weeks, said Dr. Kecia Gaither, obstetrician/gynecologist and maternal fetal physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. Initiated. After six weeks, consult your doctor before resuming or starting to use one.
Dr. Gaither also warned people with IUDs that a cup might not be for them, as it is possible when removing your cup to accidentally pull on the string of the IUD and dislodge it.
Are there any risks to using a menstrual cup?
If you follow the product’s instructions for use and hygiene, menstrual cups are completely safe for the average person.
However, if you use the wrong size for your vagina or clean it properly between uses, you may experience discomfort, irritation or infection. Dr. Gaither said it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your vagina and to “clean the cup thoroughly with fragrance-free and oil-free soap” each time you remove and reinsert it.
Can a menstrual cup get lost in my vagina?
This is a common problem with cups, tampons, or anything else inserted into the vagina, but the short answer is no. Dr Cummings said: “In reality, the vagina ends at the top of the cervix. There’s a finite amount of space there.”
If you do a thorough scan, you should be able to find the cut (or stamp, etc.) easily. But if you really have trouble removing your cup, for any reason, call your doctor right away.