Menstrual cups are menstrual care products that have gained a lot of popularity lately, mostly because of the unique benefits they offer women. Menstrual cups are made of very soft medical silicone and fit any woman anatomy. Many women find them more comfortable than traditional devices and a safe and effective method of menstrual care. With a menstrual cup, the chances of leakage are minimal because the device isolates leakage inside the body and can be worn even when doing strenuous physical activity. Depending on the flow, you can enjoy freedom of movement for up to 12 hours and many other long-awaited benefits for all women. The cups can also be reused for 2-5 years, making them a smart, economical and suitable option for any modern woman.
Read the article below and find out the benefits of using a menstrual cup, information on how to use a menstrual cup for the first time, and the answer to the question: can the cup also help with menstrual pain?
Benefits of using menstrual cups
Menstruation is very stressful for many women. Given that the recurrence is monthly, the stress never seems to end. And when menstruation overlaps with important events, it seems the scale of the problem is magnified. Nineteen-year-old tennis player Zheng Qinwen attributed her fourth-round defeat at Roland Garros to menstrual cramps: “it’s just girl stuff and I always have such a pain on the first day” (source here). Menstrual pain can be crushing, and the painkiller solution may work for some women. But, some women who have used menstrual cups have reported less menstrual pain. The menstrual cup puts pressure on the uterine muscles, which are responsible for premenstrual cramps. That is, it doesn’t allow the muscles to contract as much and as a result the cramps lessen in intensity.
In addition, when you choose to use menstrual cups, you have many other benefits, including:
- 6-12 hours continuous use (depending on your flow)
- 100% biocompatible medical silicone that does not sustain bacterial cultures
- Design with an adjustable tail, perfectly suited to your anatomy
- Does not cause vaginal dryness
- Economic method – no monthly recurring costs
- Green solution – less waste generated monthly
- You can wear it in the pool, while showering, during training
- Long-term use (up to 5 years)
- Different sizes available – including for virgin anatomy – TEEN size
- Advantageous complete intimate care packages: menstrual cups, menstrual panties, reusable pads
First use of a menstrual cup – rules and recommendations
If you want to try menstrual cups, there are a few things to bear in mind before you buy. Firstly, you need to make sure you choose the right size. There are 3 sizes available: one for teenagers up to 18 years old and virgin girls, one for women who have given birth vaginally and one for women who have not. Find out more about which size of menstrual cup is right for you: menstrual cup size A and menstrual cup size B. Femieko menstrual cups are suitable for different types of cervix (low, medium, high) and the tails of these cups are adjustable, which means you can cut them and they will fit your body perfectly.
The process of use is simple, but it is certainly necessary to follow a few simple rules, which will ensure both the protection of your health, the correct use of a menstrual cup and the maximum efficiency of this new device.
Before using a menstrual cup for the first time, it is important to sterilise the cup. This can be done by boiling in water for 10 minutes. Each time you insert or remove a menstrual cup, WASH YOUR HANDS. Then:
- Fold the cup into the shape of the letter C, or other shapes – see our Tik-Tok channel :). This process will help you insert the cup very easily. The soft silicone it’s made of will make it easy to bend.
- Identify a comfortable position for opening the vulva and vagina.
- Insert the cup inside the vagina and twist it to seal the space (the ring of the cup will firmly attach to the walls of the vagina, and leakage will be deposited only inside the cup)
- Depending on your flow, you will need to empty the cup at an interval between 4-12 hours. For the first use, we recommend that you monitor your flow carefully and empty the cup after the first 4 hours. After a few uses, you will start to know better what the optimal emptying interval is, depending on each day of your cycle.
- When you want to remove the cup, insert your finger next to the cup. The process will allow air in and the vacuum will break. Remove the cup, empty the contents and rinse with water.
We recommend that when you are not using the cup, you store it in a clean place in the bag you receive when you buy it.
Using a menstrual cup is a quick and easy process. Follow the rules above and you’ll enjoy a smooth experience every time you use a menstrual cup, but most of all safety during your period. The vacuum created around the ring of a menstrual cup minimises the possibility of leaking and staining.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that it may take a few attempts to make sure you’ve learned how to insert and extract any type of menstrual cup correctly. That’s why we recommend, when using a cup for the first time, that you test the whole process at home. Follow the steps above, wear the cup for a few hours, get comfortable and once you’re used to it, you can do any type of activity, anytime, just like on a normal day.
Using a menstrual cup means freedom of movement and a new way of taking care of yourself during your period: better, safer, cheaper, definitely eco-friendly! It’s worth trying a menstrual cup yourself. Millions of women have already tried it and discovered the joy of living in the technological century. Discover the menstrual cups from the Danish brand FemiEko and other new period safe solutions for modern women.