Common myths around Menstrual Cup
Is it true that Menstrual Cups are kinder on the environment?
Yes. They do not contribute to the waste that clogs the landfills, fewer trees are cut down and the cost is lower as they can be reused.
How does a menstrual cup stay in place?
It stays in place with a slight suction mechanism. You will not feel it as long as it is applied correctly, and it is sitting properly in the vagina
Is it advisable to make the shift to a menstrual cup or should one try out with tampons first?
The menstrual cup can be used even if only sanitary napkins have been used in the past. And there is no need to try out with tampons first. It need not be tried before a period and can be used straightaway during a period.
Does it hurt going in or out?
Remember, the menstrual cup is made of silicone. So, it is very pliable and flexible. It has to be folded to be inserted and is no more uncomfortable than using a tampon.
How do I clean the cup?
Wash it with plain water and wipe it with a tissue. At the end of each cycle, it must be sterilised and stored ready for the next month. Sterilisation is easily done by boiling the cup in a pot of water for three minutes. In order to store it, use a cotton bag that is breathable. Avoid storing it in an airtight container.
What cup sizes are available and how should one choose?
Usually, the cup sizes available are small and medium. This is because not all vagina sizes are the same. The factors to be considered when choosing a cup size are the flow – heavy or light, age of the user and the position of the cervix. In younger women, the smaller cup would be a better fit as it would be easier to insert.
Can a virgin use the cup?
Yes, certainly. However, since the hymen is intact in a virgin and the entrance to the vagina is smaller, it may need a bit of practice.
What are the disadvantages of the cup?
One of the main disadvantages that women face is emptying of the cup as this can be messy. Cleaning in a public toilet may cause embarrassment. Some women may have difficulty in inserting and removing the cup until they get used to it, says Dr Prathima Reddy, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist- Fortis La Femme Hospital.