This guide to menstrual cups is a great place to start if you’re new to them. Maybe you’ve been thinking about trying one for a while, but haven’t had the confidence, or maybe you just don’t know where to start. If this sounds like you then read on.
Why menstrual cups?
Period cups have been around for some time now, but it is only in recent years that they have become more mainstream. They offer a reusable option which is better for the environment. They are also great value for money as most cups will last for around ten years with correct use. There are also health benefits with many women reporting lighter periods.
Choosing a cup
There are lots of different cups on the market, both in terms of style, use, and cost. Spending a lot of money upfront on a cup might seem quite daunting when you don’t know how you will get on with it. Our cups are priced to make them affordable for all. This doesn’t mean that there is a reduction in quality or functionality. Many people find that they prefer the shape and feel of our cup to some of the more expensive models on the market.
When it comes to choosing the right size. The general rule is that you should use the smallest cup you can get away with. We usually say that the teen size is best for those who haven’t been having their period long. The small is for those under 30, or who haven’t yet been pregnant. The large for those over 30, or who have been pregnant. Having said that. If you are particularly sporty or fit then go a size down. If your periods are light then a smaller cup will work or if they are heavy then go slightly larger.
Guide to using your menstrual cup
- The menstrual cup should be sterile before being used. (Our microwave sterilisers or wipes) are an ideal way to do this.
- Wash your hands.
- Fold your cup, there are a number of ways to do this, some suggestions are here.
- Carefully insert your cup, it should pop open.
- Twist the bottom of the cup slightly or run a finger around to check that it has opened properly.
- You should not feel your cup. It will sit lower than a tampon, but still not be felt.
- If the stem protrudes then you can remove it by cutting it off.
- If you find that the cup is difficult to use, then sometimes turning it inside out is enough to get it to work for you.
- After use empty the cup and clean it out. It should be sterilised between uses.
Menstrual cups are convenient, hygienic, healthy, good for the environment, and a great value option when it comes to your period. Check out our range here.