Menstrual Cup: The Secret To Mess Free Period
When I first switched to Menstrual Cup exactly 5 years back, I did it solely for environmental reasons. Little did I know that this one step was going to change my life forever. My journey started with Boondh Cup and as more brands started launching their own menstrual cups I tried and tested almost all Menstrual Cups available in India.
And here are my views on benefits of switching to Menstrual Cups:
An average woman uses 16,000 or more pads and tampons in their lifetime that takes over a thousand years to decompose. Whereas a single menstrual cup can last up to 10 years. So in hindsight, a menstrual cup saves about 5333 tampons or pads from going into the landfill.
While the reason for my switch was completely environmental, I personally became so comfortable with Menstrual Cups that I’ll never be able to go back to pads or tampons even if necessary. I honestly even forget I’m on period once the cramps pass post day 1.
When inserted properly, menstrual cups will result in zero mess. I have swam, hiked and worked out without a mess during my periods. On heavier days I use a panty liner as a backup.
I don’t know about you. But I personally get horny AF past my 2nd Day.
I get a high sex drive during this period and orgasms are intense. Switching to Menstrual Cups in this regard has been a boon for me. It’s perfectly safe to have sex wearing a menstrual cup, though some types are better than others.
Menstrual Cups are those onetime investments that save you so much money for a long time going forward.
How To Choose The Right Menstrual Cup For Yourself:
There are different types and sizes of Menstrual Cups to choose from.
To figure out the right size for you, you should consider a lot of factors like your age, length of your cervix, whether or not you have given birth. If you have been using menstrual cups before giving birth, you’ll need to go up a size. Even if you don’t give birth naturally, your cervix changes during pregnancy.
There are many tutorials and quizzes on the internet to guide you through the process.
How To Use A Menstrual Cup:
Using a menstrual cup for the first time can be tricky, and even trickier to remove it. The first time I wore a menstrual cup, I was travelling. And while trying to remove it, I freaked out thinking it got stuck in there. I honestly thought I’ll have to rush to the ER halfway across the country. And believe it or not, I received frantic calls from every single woman I’ve introduced and gifted Menstrual Cups to.
The key is the suction. To place it on the vaginal walls, you’ll have to fold it in C shape and insert into the vaginal walls. Once it unfolds inside, it’ll create a suction, and you might even feel a ‘pop’ when it happens.
During initial days a menstrual cup needs to be emptied every 4-6hrs. However, it can be left in for anywhere between 6hrs to 12hrs according to your flow.
To remove it, you’ll have to break the vacuum base with a clean finger and pull out slowly gripping the base.
While a menstrual cup can be life changing to anyone who gives it a try, it’s best to avoid using them during post-partum bleeding.
How To Maintain Menstrual Cups:
Menstrual Cups are made with medical grade silicone which minimizes the risk of bacterial infection. And because they collect the blood instead of absorbing them, you are not at risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome.
After each cycle, a Menstrual Cup needs to be washed with soap and water, dried and then stored in a dry place.
Menstrual Cups That You Can Choose From:
Like I said, I’ve tried and tested many Menstrual Cups over the years, and the ones that are my favourite so far are the Sirona and Everteen. Both fit perfectly and are extremely affordable. And if you ask me, the Everteen is even better for period sex 😉
Until next time…