Nowadays, we have heard a lot about the menstrual cup. It is not so popular but becomes known to everyone gradually through usages and the reviews provided by the users. Naturally, here comes lots of questions for the new users. They are actually pondering over it whether cup will give them comfort or not as it is something which they have to insert in their private parts. It seems like that it is hard to walk to and fro with such inserted cup.
There are a couple of reasons why you would like to insert a menstrual cup before your monthly flow. One is you’ve just gotten your new menstrual cup and are excited to try it out, even though it’s not that time of the month and another is one can have some protection “just in case.” Before putting the cup in your private part, one thing must knock your mind surely that is related to harmfulness. The answer is absolutely NO but of course, the harmfulness depends on your maintenance of hygiene.
You can actually wear a menstrual cup any time you want. There isn’t a lot of reason to do, apart from you’re getting your period soon or just to see what it’s like, but in theory, you could.
The key thing to keep in mind is that you should keep it in for a maximum of 12 hours in order to reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome. At that time, you should take your cup out and wash it well with soap, or menstrual cup wash and water.
The next problem remains in its dryness that is how to put the menstrual cup in the private part. Someone may confront the problem of proper placement during this time of the month though it is believed that when one gets her period, things are pretty lubricated “down there” and most people can insert a cup quite easily. However, if it’s not that time of the month, then it can be more dry and your cup won’t just slide in easily. There are a couple of things you can do to deal with this problem:
- Wet your menstrual cup with water. This is the best solution and most people find that it works well for them.
- Use a water-based lubricant. This is the less preferred option because it’s expensive, can potentially damage your menstrual cup, and also cause some vaginal irritation.
Besides all these, a cup can help you to know when you’ll begin to menstruate, and you can even put your cup in 12-24 hours before that time. One has to have kept in mind about removing the cup every 12 hours max to clean it.
Before using the cup, another important thinking hits the mind regarding peeing whether it interferes or not. Fact is that menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina, so theoretically there is no interference with urination; they’re two separate holes and a cup will neither catch nor block your urine. However, it is possible for menstrual cups to apply pressure to the bladder or urethra.
The next thinking hits our mind about the safety in the night during sleep. How much capacity one cup has itself to contain the menstrual blood? How much is it reliable for a night? Yes, it is. One can rely on a menstrual cup to be worn during a full night’s sleep. Most cups boast an ample hold capacity (6-12 hours) that can allow you not to get up and empty it every few hours. However, if you have a heavy flow you may also want to back it up with a pad to prevent any accidents or leaks. Not only this but also, this menstrual cup becomes much beneficial than a pad or tampon for the swimmer.
One can swim while wearing a menstrual cup. As we know a menstrual cup is worn completely internally so there is no need to worry about a string hanging out or the length of time one may be able to swim as the cup holds more volume than a tampon does.
So, if you want to try the new cup, own it and win your menstrual days without worrying.