HOW TO USE A MENSTRUAL CUP
Using a menstrual cup for the first time may seem daunting, but with a little practice, it can become a comfortable and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Here are the basic steps to use a menstrual cup:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Fold the cup: There are different ways to fold a menstrual cup, but the most common folds are the "C fold" and the "punch down fold." To create a C fold, press the sides of the cup together, forming a "C" shape. To create a punch down fold, push one side of the rim down into the cup, forming a smaller shape.
- Insert the cup: Find a comfortable position, such as standing, sitting, or squatting. Hold the folded cup with one hand, and use the other hand to separate your labia. Insert the cup into your vagina, making sure it's fully open and creating a seal.
- Check the seal: After inserting the cup, run your finger around the rim to make sure it has fully opened and created a seal. You can also tug gently on the stem to ensure that it's secure.
- Wear the cup for up to 12 hours: The menstrual cup can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow. You can empty it more frequently if needed.
- Remove the cup: To remove the cup, wash your hands and find a comfortable position. Use your pelvic muscles to push the cup down and gently pinch the base of the cup to release the seal. Slowly pull the cup out, pouring the contents into the toilet. Rinse the cup with water and reinsert.
- Sterilize the cup: Before and after your menstrual cycle, it's important to sterilize the cup by boiling it in water for 5-10 minutes, alternativly use the BaoBabe sterilizer cup.
Remember that it may take a few cycles to get used to using a menstrual cup. If you experience discomfort or have trouble inserting or removing the cup, consult your healthcare provider.