Menstrual cup, as the name suggests, can be classified among several other sexual health devices such as tampons and pads that are used to contain the menstrual bleeding hygienically. Though not as commonly used as tampons, knowing how to insert a menstrual cup may help you to better manage your condition when it comes to irregular periods, heavy bleeding or activities that cannot be avoided during period time.
Before starting the menstrual cup, most females prefer to use pad or a soft panty liner to prevent the leakage. The soft cup must first be placed on the vagina to check if the female is comfortable with it and not experiencing any irritation.
Note: If the cup is not properly placed inside the vagina, a serious discomfort is usually felt almost immediately. It must also be noticed that tampon and menstrual cups are two different things and their insertion technique is also different. A cup must not be pushed upwards like a tampon as it can cause leakage of blood.
For better understanding of how to insert a menstrual cup, please refer to this video:
Some special instructions are needed while using a menstrual cup.
Apart from how to insert a menstrual cup, many women who are not familiar with the cup also have many other doubts about using menstrual cups. Some frequently asked questions are listed below:
The silicone used in the synthesis of soft cup is prepared from medical grade silicone polymer, which does not leak or release any kind of molecules in the body. For this reason this medical grade silicone is also used in preparation of breast pumps and baby feeder bottles.
All the brands have their own recommendations for size. The chart for size range varies according to the wearer; such as the age of the female and if she had experienced a child birth. Different models are available varying millimeters in their size. The size usually changes as the age of the female progresses;for example, old age females have a less muscle elasticity in vagina so usually a bigger size is more suitable. Along with age, other factors which can affect the size of cup include fitness level of the female and her physique.
Correct placement of soft menstrual cup is essential for preventing any pain or complication during insertion and removal. As vagina is composed of soft and flexible muscle, so it has the ability to bear pressure of the cup. Initially a virgin female may experience some pain but its correct placement may resolve it on its own.
The answer is no. The menstrual cup will not be lost inside the body. When it is inserted towards the pubic bone, it has no place left to go anywhere for wandering in body. Besides, the firm and flexible muscles of vagina have the ability to hold it for a longer period in the same position.
No, the vaginal tissues regain its previous and normal position after it is stretched or when anything is placed inside it.
There are no medical complications for virgins using the cup; however, with religious/ cultural perspective, some considerations must be taken as it can alter or damage the hymen to a little extent.