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A menstrual cup is an easy-to-use, safe, clean alternative to conventional pads and tampons. Made of medical-grade silicone - which is a safe and hypoallergenic material - menstrual cups are simply washed and reused. Using a menstrual cup is similar to using a tampon but requires less changing. Not to mention, using a menstrual cup creates zero waste for the environment.
A menstrual cup is safe when used as directed and no health risks related to their use have been found. How to insert a menstrual cup?
The menstrual cup is first folded, and then inserted. It will unfold and create a light seal against the vaginal walls. The cup should sit around the cervix, in order for the flow to be collected in the cup. If correctly inserted, the cup shouldn't leak or cause any discomfort, as with a tampon. Those who are familiar with inserting a non-applicator tampon should learn faster how to insert a cup, though there may still a learning curve. If lubrication is necessary for insertion, it should be water-based, as some lubricant ingredients can be damaging to the silicone.
The cup is removed by reaching up to the stem of the cup in order to find the base. The stem cannot be used to remove the cup, as pulling it down will create suction. The base of the cup is pinched to release the seal, and the cup is removed. After emptying, the cup should be rinsed or wiped and reinserted. It can be washed with menstrual cup washing liquid, and sterilized in boiling water for a few minutes at the end of the cycle.
It is also recomended to use reusable menstrual cloths as a backup for heavy flow days.
If you are over 35 or have had a vaginal delivery, then size 2 is probably the better choice. Otherwise, you would use size 1. A high or low cervix will also determine what size would suit you best - a high cervix generally needs a longer cup and vice versa.
|Brand||Capacity||Body length||Stem length||Diameter||Circumference|
|Lunette - Size 1||22.5ml||5.8cm||2.5cm||4.1cm||13cm|
|Lunette - Size 2||30ml||5.3cm||1.9cm||4.7cm||13.9cm|
|Diva cup - Size 1||27.5ml||5.7cm||1.2cm||4.4cm||13.6cm|
|Diva cup - Size 2||30ml||5.7cm||1.2cm||4.52cm||14.27cm|