This post may have TMI but I believe in this product! It may save you a lot of time, pain and MONEY!
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If you still have not tried the Menstrual Cup do yourself a favor and get one NOW!
I wish I had not put it off.
I lived for years with severe pain during menstruation.
I literally had to run to the bathroom every 30 mins to replace a tampoon and that process alone was agonizing.
If you are a heavy bleeder the Menstrual Cup will allow you more time away from the bathroom as it holds more fluid.
Also, it does not hurt to insert or remove like a tampon will over time. PLUS you cannot feel it while it is inserted!
Reasons to switch to a Menstrual Cup:
- The menstrual cup, unlike most tampons, is non-toxic.
(Learn about toxins in feminine care products here by Dr. Mercola)
- They are eco-friendly. On average a woman uses 12,000 tampons in a lifetime. 170,000 plastic applicators are found along U.S. coastal areas in a single year. The plastic applicators take about 500 years to completely break down. Tampons and sanitary pads create a lot of waste.
- You can go swimming, exercise and sleep wearing your menstrual cup.
- Money Savings: On average $100 a year on tampons compared to about $40 for menstrual cups which can last several years (15) if taken care of properly.
- They are reusable so you never have to worry about running out of tampons and having to make an emergency trip when your visitor shows up unexpected.
- Many women find their periods get shorter and less painful when using a cup. (This was my experience as well! YAY)
- Less time in the bathroom: Most women only have to empty their menstrual cup 2-3 times per 24 hours.
(As a heavy bleeder, I only have to empty 3 times on a heavy flow day compared to a new tampon EVERY 30 minutes!)
Most ladies empty when they wake up and when they go to bed.
- They rarely leak (if leakage occurs it’s likely because the cup wasn’t inserted correctly)
- You have virtually zero chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) because blood is collecting instead of being absorbed (unlike tampons which pose this risk as they can change the bacterial flora of your vagina)
- More convenient to use the restroom while wearing a cup
What size cup do you need?
For menstrual cups that come in two sizes:
Small – For women under 30 years old who have never had children
Large – For women over 30 years old and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by c-section
A Wonderful size comparison chart by theecofriendlyfamily.com:
How to use a Menstrual Cup.
- Wash the cup with water and a mild soap, then boil it in a pot of water for about 15 minutes before using it for the first time.
- Make sure you wash your hands before using a cup.
- There are different ways to fold a cup, see which one you feel most comfortable with.
- When the cup is in, rotate it fully to create a suction and to prevent leaks. This is very important – do not skip this step! Rotating it ensures the cup is fully open. You will usually feel it open after turning it. This creates the suction against the skin to prevent anything from leaking out around the sides of the menstrual cup.
- Removing cup: Before you remove the unit, wash your hands. Gently, pull the stem of the cup till you can reach its base. Break the seal by pinching the base. The moment you feel the suction release while holding the base, use a slow side-to-side motion to dislodge the cup.Tip the contents into the toilet and then rinse the cup under running water – or if you are in a public toilet, you can just wipe it clean with toilet paper.
**The stem of the cup helps you remove it. You can cut off the stem of the menstrual cup to make it shorter. Some women feel like the stem “pinches” so they cut it off. You will still be able to easily remove the cup by pinching the base of the cup and taking it out.
Taking care of your Menstrual Cup.
At the end of your cycle, you can boil your cup for 10-15 minutes, air dry then store it in its fabric pouch until next month, where it is ready to go without re-boiling.
Do you use a menstrual cup or other natural feminine hygiene options? Do you have any tips on how to use a menstrual cup? Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below.
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