All About the Menstrual Cup
You've probably heard a lot about the menstrual cup, but if you still don't use it because you're not sure which one to buy, how to put it in, how to take it out, how to clean it, where to store it, etc., after reading this article you'll have no excuse not to get one!
Okay, let's start with the basics: what is a menstrual cup? A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product that fits easily against the vaginal walls and collects the menstrual flow. Because of its funnel shape, it holds more blood than other methods such as tampons or pads. When you start researching you can see that there are many options on the market, but we recommend the NurCup of the Nur Organic brand because it is made of Surgical Silicone (100% Platinum Silicone), a safe material that prevents allergies and inflammation. In addition to being very comfortable, the NurCup is biodegradable, which means that if you bury it, it will come apart naturally, and in just 6 years!
How to use the menstrual cup?
The first thing is to choose the size. In general, this depends on two main factors: age and whether or not you’ve had a vaginal delivery. For the NurCup, the smallest size (S/M) is recommended for women under 25 who haven’t had a vaginal birth. Size L is recommended for women over 25, or who have given birth vaginally, or for those with a heavier period. Of course, these specifications may vary depending on the brand of your menstrual cup.
How to insert a menstrual cup?
If it's your first time using it, take your time, it's very simple, but you need to be relaxed. At the beginning it can be uncomfortable, but don't give up, many women take a few months to learn how to put it in the right way. Once you've worked it out you'll see that it's as easy as putting in a tampon!
Before using the NurCup for the first time, you should sterilize it for 3 minutes in boiling water. Wash your hands thoroughly. Adopt a comfortable position: squatting, sitting on the toilet or standing (you'll learn which works best for you over time, but you'll have to try several positions at first). You'll need to insert the cup as it is bent. Here are two ways to do this, try both so you know which works best for you. If you wish, you can use a water-based lubricant to make the cup slide more smoothly.
Whichever way you choose to fold it, press the cup and hold it with one hand while you use the other to separate your vagina lips. Insert the cup by directing it towards the base of your spine.
It is not necessary to place the cup as high as a tampon, but rather the lower stem should be at the level of your vaginal lips. Once the cup is in, you can rotate it so that it opens completely. You should not feel the menstrual cup if you have placed it correctly and you should not have any leaks during the day either. You will be able to move, jump and run without it falling off or moving.
When and how to take out your menstrual cup?
You can use the NurCup for 8 to 12 hours, depending on whether or not you have a heavy flow. This means you can use it overnight without any problem. When you start using the cup regularly, you will know exactly how often you need to empty it to prevent leakage.
To remove your menstrual cup, wash your hands thoroughly and again adopt a position that is comfortable for you. Use your index finger and thumb to locate the stem. It should be at the entrance of your vagina. If you can't find it, don't panic. Sometimes, because of movement and other factors, the menstrual cup can move inward, making it a little harder to locate. One trick to get the cup down is to use your vaginal muscles to push it down, like when you try to poop. Once located, you should press the base of the cup with two fingers (the index finger and thumb) to break up the "vacuum effect" that the cup creates and gently remove it. If you pull it directly without pressing the base it may hurt.
Aftercare of the cup
Once the cup is out, empty the blood into the toilet and wash it well with water only. You can put it back in right away if you need to. If you have to do this in a public toilet without access to a sink inside the cubicle, it's best to carry a bottle of water with you. Be prepared!
Once your period is over, we recommend that you boil the cup for 3 minutes so that it is ready to use again. You can store your NurCup in the bag that comes with your purchase or in any container that is not airtight.
Menstrual cup life
A menstrual cup like the NurCup can last up to 10 years. Over time, due to blood, the cup may change color a little, becoming more dull, but this doesn’t mean that it is deteriorating. When you start using it, you will see that the maintenance that the NurCup requires in order to fulfill its life expectancy is really simple. That's why it's a great alternative, not only economically but also ecologically. Once you switch to the cup, your pocket and the planet will thank you.
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