Adopting a new internal menstrual hygiene product could make you loathe at first but, you’ll feel renascent the sooner you make the switch. Is the fear of infection and taboo keeping you away from menstrual cups? We’ll dispel meaningless virtues and myths that have no place in women’s health rights.
Remember, you're not a diva in distress, so flaunt your sass and never settle for anything less than the best period care option. This blog is not only about how to use menstrual cups correctly, but it is also a spin-off Mythbusters episode that will put all myths in a chokehold.
Let's start with 7 menstrual cup myths and how well they hold up.
1. Menstrual cups are universal fit
Women aren't made from candy molds. If myths had their way, a one-size-fits-all would have turned into a PR blunder for menstrual cup makers. Thankfully, they aren’t. Pick a size based on your age and flow intensity for maximum comfort and perfect fit. When your cup slips, chaff, or leaks, this is the first sign that your sizing is incorrect.
To be certain about the best fit, measure the cervix height. Women's vaginas change throughout their lives, and this should be factored in before ordering the exact size. Most brands will provide a sizing chart for reference or a helpline where you can get one-on-one advice.
2. Menstrual cup deflower virgins
In orthodox cultures where a broken hymen is a sign of virginity loss, women feel insecure about turning to menstrual cups. The fact that it must be placed internally does not help steer the mindset.
Following repeated tests, it has been conclusively proven that proper use does not damage the hymen. Strictly adhere to the instructions that come with a menstrual cup and there should be no problem
3. Menstrual cups interfere with bowel and bladder functions
Menstrual cups interfering with normal body functions is the new level of delusion. It’s difficult to prove how it meddles with the way you use the toilet unless the size is wrong or you are ‘severely’ physically handicapped. Yes, we quote ‘severely’ because menstrual cups are designed to be user-friendly, women with disabilities included.
All you need to remember is lean forward while urinating and the cup shouldn’t be a hindrance. If leaning isn't helping, remove the cup, empty the bladder, and reinsert after a thorough rinse. With more experience, you’ll feel confident to remove and reinsert on the go.
4. Menstrual cups can get stuck in the vagina
Any object sinking beyond the cervix is impractical due to the canal morphology inside the vagina. If menstrual cups could be lost inside, then it’s coming from the cult that believes unicorns are real. Even wrong sizes are not enough for menstrual cups to enter the uterus.
A menstrual cup is the result of considerable ingenuity. Learning to use one feels natural. At the apex of the cup’s conical design is a small dangling stem. Gently push the seal while tugging the stem to release the vacuum. Because you’re doing it for the first time, practice till perfection is achieved.
Interesting read: Check out this blog that tells how you can use cups the right way
5. Menstrual cup interrupts sleep
You may know that pads and tampons are not to be used at a stretch. They were designed to soak fluids for up to 8 hours, needing a chance thereafter. Contrarily, menstrual cups are tailored to women’s need for freedom. Change is only needed after 12 hours. They’re more bankable if your flow is normal. Plus a pleasant sleep through your periods. Menstrual cups are a blessing to millions of adolescents and women.
6. IUD and Menstrual cups can’t be used at once
Today more sexually active women use IUD and they can’t brush aside concerns about internal contraceptives failing when used in conjunction with menstrual cups. Is there truth to this or is it a myth? Let’s find out. Medical experts suggest waiting one or two quarters before using menstrual cups. They also recommend adhering to the advised removal process to prevent accidentally dislodging the IUD. Perhaps it isn't entirely a myth, but with a little extra caution, the risk can be completely avoided.
7. Menstrual cups are suited for an active lifestyle
It's completely absurd to decry the main selling point of menstrual cups. This feminine hygiene product has spread smiles to thousands of women who had been living in constant fear of leaks and discomfort. Some, however, continue to complain, claiming that cups are a bane for those who enjoy an active lifecycle. Cups are not only hypoallergenic but made of the same materials as toddler bottle teats. What is good for a toddler must be good for a woman's intimate areas. Won’t you agree?
How to use menstrual cups for beginners?
If you've used tampons before, menstrual cups are no different. Teenagers entering adolescence represent the largest market for menstrual cups. They want a product that empowers them. The cups have already earned a reputation for just that.
If you’re a beginner to menstrual cups remember these steps –
1. Clean your palms
Wash your hands first to avoid catching germs. It is best to use soap and water or a sanitizer. To reduce the risk of injury, we insist on trimming long fingernails.
2. Fold the cup
To make a U-shape, fold the menstrual cup in half. It's known as a half-fold or a U-fold. You could also experiment with the push fold, aka. the tulip fold, by making a narrow point on one side of the rim.
3. Insert precisely
Squat or sit as desired, and spread the labia with your non-dominant hand. Insert the cup into the vagina, aiming towards the tailbone. Remember to hold the cup firmly until it is in place.
4. Open gently
Release your hold after slotting in the exact position to allow for a flush fit inside the vaginal walls. Move your limbs or squat to check for discomfort. If you believe the seal is incorrect, repeat the procedure.
5. Rotate till the seal is perfect
After inserting the cup, rotate it to ensure a perfect seal. It makes no difference which way the cup is rotated as long as the seal is secure.
6. Check for leaks
Run your finger around the rim, and if you notice any gaps, repeat the process. When you feel the vacuum while pulling the stem, you have a good seal.
Note: keep a tampon or pad handy for a few days till you feel comfortable.
Does it hurt to use a menstrual cup?
Not if the cup rims are lubricated and gentle steps are taken when inserting the vagina.
Why can’t I insert the menstrual cup?
It implies that you either ordered a larger size or did not fold the cup properly.
Can I get rashes and infections by using a menstrual cup?
FDA-approved silicone is used to make high-quality cups. Infections are still possible if you do not follow recommended hygiene during insertion and removal.
How often should I change the menstrual cup?
Menstrual cups should be changed every 12 hours or sooner, depending on your flow. The greater the flow, sooner the change.