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How to Prepare Your Menstrual Cups Before Using Them?

How to Prepare Your Menstrual Cups Before Using Them?
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How to Prepare Your Menstrual Cups Before Using Them?

A menstrual cup is a very suitable menstrual product for every woman during menstruation. A lot of women patronize this product because it helps make their period experience comfortable and hassle-free.

The menstrual cup is made from high medical-grade silicone that is safe for your private area. It is also flexible, which makes it so easy to use, especially when inserting it inside your vagina. It works by collecting the menstrual blood instead of absorbing it. That is why there is no way for the bacteria to inhabit in your private area.

When using a menstrual cup instead of tampons and pads, the risk of having toxic shock syndrome is lessened. The menstrual cup gives protection against leak up to 12 hours of using it in a day, depending on your flow. It also helps every woman to save money and time because it is reusable and can be used up to several years.

Honestly, this product is fantastic! Nowadays, there are already a lot of women using menstrual cups, and if you are new in using this product, you might have a little confusion on how to use it before and after your menstruation. Do not worry. By reading this article, you will learn all the essential things you should do in preparing your menstrual cup before using them.

In that way, when your period comes, it will be easier for you to use it.

Cleaning Your Menstrual Cup

It is very important to clean your menstrual cup before and after using them. Remember that you will put this little device to the most vital part of your body, which is your vagina, and if it is not cleaned correctly, it may cause irritations and other diseases.

Cleaning it is not that hard to do either you are at home or outside. Here’s how you can do it.

Steps To Clean Your Menstrual Cup When At Home

  1. Empty the blood from your cup in the bathroom. It is better to pour the blood in the toilet and flush it with water and soap to remove the smell from your toilet.
  2. Wash it with safe liquid soap before using it again. Make sure that the soap you are using does not contain strong chemicals that may imbalance your vagina’s pH level.
  3. Boil it with baking soda for 5-10 minutes to remove the bad odor caused by the menstrual blood and possible bacterias. The baking soda will help in removing the stain from the cup.
  4. Air-dry the menstrual cup to make sure that there is no remaining moist when storing it. You must keep it dry to avoid the bacteria from staying. It will also help if you put it under the sun to restore its vibrant color.
  5. Store it into a breathable clothing bag.

Steps to Clean Your Menstrual Cup In Public Restroom

  1. Empty your menstrual cup in the toilet bowl available in the restroom. And flush it with water until you cannot see any blood in the toilet bowl. It is also essential that you clean the bowl area before going out.
  2. If you don’t feel washing your menstrual cup in the public area restroom sink, then you can clean it with your wet wipes. Make sure that you remove the bloodstain, and you thoroughly wipe every part of it.
  3. You can go ahead and use it again!

Practice Makes It Perfect!

If you are a beginner in using a menstrual cup, it will help if you will practice inserting it before your period starts. It will be messy if you insert it during your menstruation when it is your first time to do it.

Here are the important things you must consider when learning to insert a menstrual cup.

  1. Make sure to choose the right size when buying your menstrual cup. Knowing where your cervix sits will matter in choosing a menstrual cup size. For beginners and women who did not undergo any cesarean surgery, a small menstrual cup will suit you.
  2. Learn the different menstrual cup folds such as C fold to insert the cup without feeling any discomfort.
  3. Know the function of each part of a menstrual cup from its seal, stem, ring, and the body. In that way, you will understand the importance of inserting it correctly. No matter how effective it is, if you are not using it right, then you will encounter some issues when using it.

Takeaway

In everything we do, preparation is very important because it will lessen the possible failures to happen. It is the same when it comes to using a menstrual cup. Using a cup for the very first time is not that easy to do. For this reason, it’s best to prepare before your menstruation starts. Good luck, and have a happy period!

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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