Menstrual cups are a safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional menstrual products like tampons and pads. They are small, bell-shaped cups made of medical-grade silicone and are designed to be inserted into the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. With proper use and care, they can provide a comfortable and convenient way to manage your menstrual flow.
Benefits of menstrual cups:
- Cost-effective: Menstrual cups are reusable and can last for several years, saving you money in the long run compared to disposable pads and tampons.
- Eco-friendly: Menstrual cups create less waste compared to disposable menstrual products, making them a more environmentally-friendly option.
- Comfortable: Menstrual cups are more comfortable to wear than pads and tampons because they don’t cause dryness, irritation or odors.
- Higher Capacity: Menstrual cups can hold more fluid than tampons, so you can go longer without having to change them.
- Safe: Menstrual cups are made of medical-grade materials that are safe to use and don’t contain harmful chemicals like bleach or dioxins.
- Improved Awareness: Using menstrual cups can help you become more familiar with your body and menstrual cycle, leading to better menstrual health awareness.
How to use Menstrual Cups:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the menstrual cup.
- Fold the cup in a way that suits you and gently insert it into your vagina.
- Allow the cup to fully unfold and create a seal.
- Wear the menstrual cup for upto 12 hours, then remove it by breaking the seal and pulling gently.
- Empty the contents into the toilet or sink, and rinse the cup with water.
- Reinsert the cup and repeat the process until your period is over.
How to clean Menstrual Cups:
- Sterilize the cup before and after each menstrual cycle by boiling it in water for 5-10 minutes.
- Wash the cup with water and mild soap after each use.
- Rinse the cup thoroughly with water and dry it completely before storing it in a clean, dry place.