Period cups are bell-shaped flexible, made up of latex rubber or hypoallergenic medical-grade silicone, cup inserted into vagina immediately holding vaginal walls by making seal with them, making it leak proof period fluid collector instead of fluid absorber, majorly like tampons without applicator. Depending on flow, cups can wear upto 12 hours, as they can hold more fluid than other methods, as they require least changes, before removing and washing.
Period cups are environment friendly, feasible, convenient, comfortable and safe tools for menstruation instead of other tools. Don’t go anywhere! We are here to let you know about tips provided by gynaecologists for the benefits of period cups. Here are the reasons why you will have to prefer period cups over traditional applicator based tampons or pads.
How do I select the right period cup?
If you are interested in using a period cup, here are some straight tips from a gynaecologist. Even though you will get either from stores or can also purchase online, the first thing you will have to consider is about sizing. Every brand has their own sizing, as juju brand provides 4 sizing options with different colours, while most brands provide options of only smaller and larger versions of period cups. Don’t go anywhere else; here are some tips from a gynaecologist in selecting period cups.
- Select period cup as per your age, small size is best choice for teenagers while larger size is for mature adult ladies
- Period cup size will also be selected as per length of cervix
- Whether you have high or low menstrual fluid
- Flexibility and firmness of cup also describes the selection method
- Capacity of cup to collect blood fluid
- Strength of someone’s pelvic muscles
- If you have given birth vaginally or not
Smaller sizing of cups mostly recommend to women under age 30 who haven’t given birth to child vaginally while larger size will recommend to women over age 30 and who gave birth to child vaginally. Dr. Ross tells if you will know your body size then it will be painless, snug and comfy.
Fine, how will I put it in?
When you practise a period cup first time, it might be an uncomfortable activity for you, but practise makes it convenient and easier later on. Before putting it inside, greasing must be done either with water to lubricate it for smooth insertion. Dr. Ross rightly said that, insertion of a cup is consisted of a learning curve which can be attained by practising it, making it a safe and easy task to do. Before insertion you will have to keep following things in mind:
- Washing and disinfection
- Selection of proper position
- Preferred folding practise of your own choice
- Ensuring there is no leakage of cup
Don’t be afraid with this little flexible rubber piece, practice can make it an easy, safe and environment-friendly device to collect period fluid for the world of menstruation. On inserting the cup it immediately makes, sealing suction way with vaginal wall, to ensure absence of any leakage and ensuring the collection of menstrual fluid inside the cup.
Why do I have to prefer period cups over pads or tampons?
When it comes to choice it is mainly of personal preference, but people choose cups over pads and tampons regarding various reasons, some described by the gynaecologist directly as. We will help you, along with tips from a gynaecologist in setting preferences. Particularly period cups made up of medical graded silicon, hypoallergenic, and flexible latex rubber, they are reusable, environment friendly feminine hygiene menstrual products, so they must be preferred over pads and tampons according to gynaecologist.
Dr. Ross gives tips to select it, as for overnight use and potential heavy period in order to avoid leakage period cups are the best choice over tampons and pads. People gravitate towards period cups for their potential usage, over 12 hours making it a vulnerable choice for working ladies.
When and how to take a period cup out?
You can easily use a period cup till 12 hours, depending on the heavy flow of fluid, making it an overnight protector during menstruation than tampons and pads. Before filling the cup and till 12 hours you should remove the cup, by breaking the suction seal with the vaginal wall, and then drop it in the toilet to empty the cup to avoid any leakage, as guided by the gynaecologist.
Don’t be shy, to ask about period cups here are some other tips for your convenience by the doctor and us as well. For safe removal of the cup, you will have to keep the following steps in mind as suggested by the doctor.
- Firstly thoroughly washing of hand practised
- Thumb and index finger placed into vagina, pulling the stem until to achieve base
- Pinching the base to break seal, putting down the cup to remove it
- One’s it comes out, empty the cup into toilet
Why do I face a problem while inserting a cup?
Few issues might be there, but don’t worry we are here to provide you tips to tackle them. If you are pretty sure, you are doing well with everything, but still face a hard time, Dr. Gupta says there must be a sizing issue, you might wear a large size cup or either you will have any vaginal infection. Upon inserting the cup it might cause more pain and irritation which can become worse while inserting the cup.
No matter which causes trouble, if it persists, it’s hitting up your vagina, so you need to get a proper coach for proper insertion technique.
How will I maintain sanitization?
During the menstrual period and cycle, make sure your cup must be sanitised properly to prevent harmful infections. During this period occasionally rinsing and washing off cup is carried out with soap and warm water each time on emptying the cup.
Whether to use it for the first time or at the end of each cycle, it’s important to disinfect it. For sanitization, a cup is placed in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes, by not letting it rest at the bottom of pot, it’s important to kill harmful bacteria before next use. Vaginal wall encourages bacterial growth, in order to prevent it, disinfection is necessary.
If it is stuck inside what should I do?
Don’t panic! Your cup is never lost inside your vagina, thanks to the cervix, you are just facing difficulty while removing it. Feasible way to put it out is squeezing it, gently pulling down to break the suction seal, and then removing it as also said by Dr. Gupta. First you will have to find a comfortable position sitting or standing as per your ease, then utilise your pelvic muscles for pushing period cup first down then out described as another tip by Dr. Gupta.
Last but not least, other beneficial tips are as follows, which if you consider, you might be able to benefit yourself in a changing and challenging environment.
- Whether a cup costs you least?
- Is it more convenient and confortable to use than pads and tampons?
- Is it feasible either you have IUD?
If your answer about them is yes then, these period cups are the best choice and you also have to not be worried because we are here for you to deter challenge, and to avail opportunity. But if you are still not satisfied do consult with your gynaecologist.