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If you want to switch to a more environmentally friendly option when it comes to pads and tampons, menstrual cups are the shit. So that you feel at least as comfortable with the cups as with our organic tampons, here comes the ultimate introduction.
Menstrual cups have the absolute best capacity - they catch everything that runs out of you.
Proper insertion takes some practice, but isn't super complicated.
When used correctly, nothing should pinch or feel uncomfortable - you shouldn't even feel the cup under normal circumstances.
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Table of contents
1. Insert the menstrual cup correctly
The menstrual cup is folded and inserted into your mumu. There it unfolds and forms a vacuum, which helps to ensure that the menstrual blood is safely collected.
Before the menstrual cup is used, it must be boiled!!!
Absolute insider tip: Put the menstrual cup in a whisk so that it doesn't stick to the pot.
Preparation: Insert the menstrual cup correctly.
Feel the position of your cervix with washed hands.
Found? It feels like the tip of a nose or a mini donut.
This is where the menstrual blood comes out, which the cup later collects.
Boil the menstrual cup thoroughly before inserting it!
2. Step by step instructions
Step 1: Find position
Choose a position for insertion that feels good, feel free to try different ones. Take a deep breath and relax your muscles.
Step 2: fold the cup
Now fold the menstrual cup. (You can get an overview of the different folding techniques here)
Insert menstrual cup fold
Tip: There are different folding techniques. It is best to try several and test which one works best for you. Menstrual cups made of medical grade silicone are easy to fold.
Step 3: Insert cup
Firmly grasp the menstrual cup and bring it to the vagina. When inserting, you can already let go of the ring finger and little finger and continue to push up with the remaining fingers - as far as possible ... Make sure that you don't just push up, but in the direction of the cervix (so feel it beforehand).
Let go and the cup will unfold by itself!
Insider tip: To make it easier, you can moisten the cup or the vaginal opening with a little water or lubricant beforehand. Changing positions sometimes helps.
Step 4: Test for correct fit
Once the cup has been inserted, you can easily pull it down a few millimeters so that it unfolds better. It is extremely important anyway that the menstrual cup unfolds COMPLETELY. This is the only way to create a vacuum with negative pressure.
To check that the cup is secure and that a vacuum has formed, sweep your finger around once and test that the cup lies flat against the vaginal wall.
If the cup doesn't unfold completely, you can twist it a bit, push it, or pull it down. There are also (two) small holes at the top of the menstrual cup. These help to create a negative pressure.
3. How far is far enough?
The cup is not as deep as a tampon. More precisely, it should be in the middle third of the vagina and NOT directly in front of the cervix. If it sits correctly in the middle of the vagina, the cup closes with the vaginal wall and a vacuum is formed, and you won't feel it when you're wearing it.
If the menstrual cup is inserted too deeply and directly against the cervix, the vacuum will be harder to release. The cup could be “stuck”.
Good to know: In order to better understand where the menstrual cup will sit later, you can try to feel your outer cervix with your fingers in advance.
Attention: This can be very sensitive. During menstruation, the blood comes out of a small opening - depending on the cycle, this is wider, smaller, softer or harder. Sometimes it is so high that you cannot feel it.
4. Pain when inserting?
The menstrual cup behaves like a tampon in your vagina - you don't feel anything. However, it can happen that the menstrual cup has been inserted too far. This touches the cervix and it can be very uncomfortable or even painful. For this reason, it is all the more important that you feel it beforehand and thus ensure an optimal fit.
Once you've done that, you shouldn't feel any pain. By the way, with a menstrual cup you can go to the toilet with peace of mind. However, the seat may have to be checked again afterwards. In particular, you should check whether the vacuum is still there (run your finger around the menstrual cup) so that nothing spills.
Under certain circumstances, wearing a menstrual cup can make you want to pee more often. But this is not the case for all women.
5. Menstrual cup after pregnancy?
The menstrual cup can also be used after pregnancy. However, only when the first period starts again and the routine examination by the gynecologist was normal. However, it is important to know that a lot can change after the birth.
To prevent the menstrual cup from slipping, you should train your pelvic floor. The cervix can also lie differently or the strength of the bleeding can change. You may need a different menstrual cup size, which is why The Female Company has A cups and D cups (and it has nothing to do with cup size).