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    What You Should Know About Using Menstrual Cups

    By Austin Moon | Published on Oct 11, 2023

    Are you considering making the switch to a menstrual cup? Are you intrigued by the idea of a more eco-friendly and cost-effective period solution? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. Well, we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a diverse group of real women who use menstrual cups and even consulted with gynecologists to answer all your burning questions. So, let’s dive in!

    What exactly is a menstrual cup?

    “I remember Googling this when I first heard about it. Think of it as a funnel-shaped cup, made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to collect period blood.” – Manisha Mehta, 27, Delhi

    Does it hurt to use a menstrual cup?

    “It’s really not that big. And no, it doesn’t hurt at all. Once you perfect the technique, you’ll hardly even feel it.” – Deepti Nagpal, 34, Mumbai

    Which brand is the best?

    “I don’t think there’s one brand that works for everyone when it comes to using a menstrual cup. It’s all about finding the right fit for you. Keep room for experimenting and read reviews. Personally, I’m currently using the Boondh Cup, and it’s been great.” – Shivani Bhandari, 24, Mumbai

    What size should I pick?

    “Most brands offer different sizes based on factors like whether you’ve given birth and your menstrual flow. Larger cups are suitable for heavy flow and post-delivery, while smaller and medium ones are perfect for those who haven’t given birth and have moderate flow.” – Dr. Geeth Monnappa, consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bengaluru

    What is the C-Fold?

    “The C-Fold is the most common method for inserting a menstrual cup. It involves folding the cup sideways and creating a C shape in the middle before insertion. Watch a video demonstration to get it right.” – Deepti Nair, 29, Mumbai

    How do you remove the cup?

    “Pinch and pull. Relax and take your time. If it doesn’t come out on the first try, don’t panic. Remember, it can’t get lost inside you thanks to the air suction.” – Khushboo Sharma, 28, Bangalore

    Are there any precautions while using it?

    “Keep your nails short and always wash your hands before and after insertion. These simple steps can help ensure cleanliness and prevent any unwanted infections.” – Anjali Dua, 32, Ahmedabad

    How do I remove it in a public restroom?

    “If you don’t have access to a sink, you can simply use the jet spray in the toilet for a quick rinse. As long as you don’t drop it while removing, there’s no need to boil it before reusing.” – Deepti Giri, 26, Vadodara

    Can I wear it while swimming?

    “Yes, you can wear a menstrual cup while swimming. However, it’s best to gain some experience and comfort with the cup before doing so, as you don’t want to spend your time worrying if it’s in the right position.” – Dimum Pertin, 21, Guwahati

    Can I make the switch if I’ve only used sanitary napkins?

    “Absolutely! Even if you’ve only used sanitary napkins before, it’s not necessary to use tampons as an intermediate step. Many of us made the switch directly, and it was super easy.” – Ainee Nizami, 33, Mumbai

    Does it smell?

    “Not at all. Menstrual cups are odor-free.” – Anjali R, 27, Pune

    Can I wear it while sleeping?

    “Yes, you can wear a menstrual cup while sleeping. It’s super comfortable, and you only need to change it every 12 hours.” – Sakina Ahmedi, 23, Mumbai

    How often do I need to change it?

    I find changing every eight hours works for me, but you can wear it for up to 12 hours. You’ll be surprised by how little you actually bleed, even with a heavy flow.” – Preeti Agarwal, 24, Mumbai

    What are the benefits of switching to a menstrual cup?

    There are numerous benefits to using a menstrual cup. They can hold twice the amount of blood compared to pads or tampons, resulting in fewer changes and less leakage. Studies have also shown a lower incidence of vaginal infections compared to other menstrual products. Plus, they provide odor-free periods and are cheap and eco-friendly, as they can be reused for up to ten years.” – Dr. Geeth Monnappa, consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bengaluru

    How do I clean the cup?

    “During your cycle, you can simply rinse the cup with water and unscented soap for reuse. However, before and after your cycle, make sure to boil it in hot water for about five to seven minutes to ensure proper sterilization.” – Ainee Nizami, 33, Mumbai

    How can I tell if I’ve inserted the cup correctly?

    “After insertion, run your finger around the base of the cup. If it’s inserted correctly, the base should be round or oval with no folds. Gently tug the stem to ensure a tight fit and adequate suction. When inserted properly, you should feel comfortable and be able to carry out your normal activities without any discomfort.” – Dr. Geeth Monnappa, consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bengaluru

    Do I need to remove it while urinating?

    “No, you can use a menstrual cup while urinating. It won’t fall out.” – Anjali Dua, 32, Ahmedabad

    Can I use a menstrual cup if I’m prone to infections?

    “Yes, you can use a menstrual cup even if you’re prone to infections. Menstrual cups don’t contain the chemicals found in tampons and pads, and they don’t dry out your vagina.” – Manisha Mehta, 27, Delhi

    Does it leak? What if I have a heavy flow?

    “Leaks usually indicate an incorrect cup size or faulty insertion. Beginners may find it a bit messy at first, so it’s advisable to use a pad in the initial months until you’re comfortable with the cup.” – Dr. Geeth Monnappa, consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bengaluru

    Can I use a menstrual cup if I’m a virgin?

    “Some brands offer smaller sizes specifically designed for teens and virgins. However, these cups may require more frequent emptying for those with heavy flow.” – Dr. Geeth Monnappa, consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fortis La Femme Hospital, Bengaluru

    Now that you have all the answers to your burning questions, feel confident and empowered to make the switch to a menstrual cup. Remember, everyone’s experience is unique, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a little time to find the perfect cup for you. Happy cupping!

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