Difference of Reusable Menstrual Cup to Tampons and Pads
Menstrual cup is a kind of feminine hygiene product that’s inserted to the vagina during menstrual period. The primary objective of such is preventing menstrual fluid to leak to the clothes. Reusable menstrual cups are usually made from flexible medical grade silicone and also, have a bell-like shape with a stem where it’s used for removing and inserting to the vagina.
On the other hand, its bell-shaped design provides tight seal against the vaginal wall below the cervix. Every four to twelve hours or depending on the amount of flow, the cup has to be removed, emptied and rinsed before reinserting it to the vagina.
In comparison to the tampons and pads, the menstrual cups are made to collect all menstrual fluids than absorbing it. Believe it or not, one cup can be reused for more than five years, which makes its long term cost lower than disposable pads or tampons despite the fact that the initial cost of buying one is higher. These menstrual cups are additionally promoted as a more eco-friendly and practical option than tampons and pads.
Menstrual cups are pinched or folded first before inserting them to the vagina. It automatically unfolds and creates a light seal against the vaginal wall. As a matter of fact, there are scenarios wherein the user need to flex their vaginal muscles or twist the cup to ensure that the cup is totally open. Assuming that it is inserted right, then it shouldn’t cause discomfort or leaks. Those who know of inserting a non applicator tampon can quickly learn how to insert the cup. There are many folding techniques that can be used for insertion and among the most common folds is in C-shape.
If ever lubrication is necessary for the insertion, it must be water-based because some lubricant ingredients could be damaging to the silicon. After four hours to a day of use or depending on your flow, you have to remove your menstrual cup by reaching to the stem to be able to get its base. When removing the cup, it is not advisable to pull the stem because this could create a suction. The base of menstrual cup must be pinched to be able to release the seal and to remove the cup.
Before you reinsert the cup to the vagina after emptying it, be sure to rinse or wipe it. You can sterilize it in a boiling water for few minutes or use a mild soap for cleaning it. Alternatively, sterilizing solutions normally developed for breast pump equipment and baby bottles might used for soaking the cup.