What is a Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is a replacement of conventional un-hygienic disposable products such as sanitary pads and tampons. These menstrual cups are made of medical-grade silicone, which is washable and reusable. GynoCup doesn't absorb the menstrual fluid; instead collects it inside, which is more hygienic than sanitary napkins.
How to wear a menstrual cup?
You can try any position easy for you to wear the menstrual cup comfortably. Some women find it better to squat, some in the shower. Try to wear it smoothly and as quickly as you can - the more hesitation you have, the more difficult it will be as the menstrual cup will keep opening up too soon. Practice, making familiar, this shall help. Soon you will be doing it in seconds! Aim towards the bottom of your spine. The vaginal canal is not vertical or horizontal, and it slopes upwards. If you are not familiar with the slope of your canal, try it with a finger to see in what direction you should be inserting. You only need to push the menstrual cup in as far enough so that the knob remains outside.
How does it work?
These cups are soft and super flexible so that they can be inserted into the vagina, unlike the pads and tampons, which cover a huge area and are breeding grounds for microbes. The flexible menstrual cup is inserted by folding quite easily and efficiently into the vagina, where due to its design, it gains its shape again. Menstrual cups create a kind of vacuum/seal that does not let any fluid pass out, and it gets collected in the cup. The placement is fairly near the opening, unlike tampons that need placing even higher. To remove the cup, all you need to do is push it down using your pelvic muscles and tug on to the stem to pull it out of your body. Empty and rinse it every time you take it out. You could empty it in the toilet or sink then rinse it with water before you reinsert it. A menstrual cup is very durable because of the material they are made of, they can be used for several months without replacements, and you would never need another sanitary product. These menstrual cups are also environment-friendly while being menstruation friendly.
How to check after wearing?
You should feel the menstrual cup unfold inside as soon as you have pushed it in. Some women find it is better to let the cup unfold when just inserted, and then to push it a little further - this creates a gentle "suction," which ensures no leakage. If you do not feel your cup unfold, you should relax your pelvic muscles, and use a finger to check the sides of the cup. You could also give it a gentle turn to create the seal. Your menstrual cup should not be as far in as you would push a tampon. Your menstrual cup should not be touching your cervix. When properly worn, you should not be able to feel your menstrual cup at all.
Which cup size is right for me?
SIZE A : For women below or equal to the age of 25 years or not given birth to a child. SIZE B : For women more than the age of 25 to 30 years or have given birth to a child. SIZE C : For women more than age of 30 years or have given birth to a child.
How to remove a menstrual cup?
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. Take any of the following comfortable position: • Standing • Sitting on the toilet • Squatting Hold the tip of the base firmly by inserting your fingers and sliding them up to the base. Give it a minimal squeeze very gently, and remove it by tilting it a little to release the vacuum seal. Empty it in the toilet or sink and wash it with water before cleaning it with cup cleaner.
How to empty and reinsert?
It can take you a few tries or even a few menstrual flows to adjust to menstrual cups, just like your first time when you had to adjust to sanitary napkins or tampons. But soon, you will see the wonder of menstrual cups, and become a cup-fan!
How to clean a menstrual cup?
During the menstrual cycle Wash menstrual cup with hot/cold water; take menstrual cup wipe with a dry hand; wash menstrual cup with menstrual cup cleaner to get a rich lather: rinse it well to clean it thoroughly.
Begining and end of menstrual cycle?
Boil menstrual cup for (8-10minutes) in water to sterilize it.
If the sterilization of menstrual cup (8-10 minutes) is not possible, ensure to clean it thoroughly as per directions before use.
How to store a menstrual cup?
After your period, wash the menstrual cup, sterilize it, dry it and store it in the cotton bag provided along and not it a plastic bag or an airtight container.
Is it easy to use?
Yes, it is easy to use, but for beginners, as it is something very different than what you have been using until now, it may take some getting used to time. Don’t give up in only one or two attempts. Experiencing some leakage during your first few attempts is natural as it could be because the is not completely unfolded or is not correctly positioned. When inserting if you feel uncomfortable, check it again and readjust it. If you need the stem shorter, you may have to do it yourself. If you have difficulty in removing the menstrual cup, try relaxing your pelvic muscles as they may have been tensed, which could make it difficult for you to remove the cup? If you still cannot remove it, give it a minute and do something else or walk around, then try removing again when you are relaxed. The cup is very comfortable when inserted correctly; you may not even feel it. The silicon material from which it is made of, it heats up along with the body's internal heat and softens even more with time. It may take you 3 or 4 cycles to realize the best position and angle for your body.
Why do I need to change my current sanitary products?
The change could be good sometimes; please keep that in mind while contemplating whether or not to get a menstrual cup. Advantage wise it has multiple reasons to switch to a menstrual cup; unlike exhaustible sanitary napkins and tampons, you don't need to restock it. Environmentally it produces absolutely no toxic waste, and unlike sanitary napkins that are outside the body and come in contact with air and may breed microbes, this stays in your vagina and collects the menstrual flow directly from there. In all, it is more hygienic, economical, long-lasting, and environment-friendly.
How many times a day do I need to empty a menstrual cup?
Technically the duration of unstoppable usage is 12 hours, but practice emptying it every 4-8 hours (depending on flow). Since the placement is not outside but inside the vagina and on the plus point of having no fibers and being completely inert, the toxic shock syndrome is out of the picture. Since it is reusable, you do not have to stockpile like other sanitary products that are a one-time use. It may be a little on the higher end in the beginning, but a long-lasting, reusable product like this pays off on its own in a few month's time. You don’t have to worry about changing as frequently as needed with sanitary napkins and tampons, and can go about your day uninterrupted and easy. No smell, the blood when it comes in contact with outside air, only then it smells. But since in menstrual cups it gets collected inside, you will be relieved of foul smell. No leaks and stains, the seal prevents any leakage, and hence you will not get stains anymore. There have been documented statements of women who have used menstrual cups, saying that they suffered fewer cramps and had shorted periods when using menstrual cups. It is a convenient, comfortable way of living!
When should I not be using a menstrual cup?
1.It is not recommended to use a GynoCup during intercourse. 2.Immediately after giving birth, having a miscarriage, or an abortion. 3.You should not wear GynoCup at any time other than during your period. 4.Consult with your gynecologist if you have or have had a medical concern, before using a menstrual cup. 5.Consult your gynecologist if and when you experience any adverse effects and discontinue usage immediately.
Points to remember!
1.It is not a physical contraceptive, and it does not protect against STDs 2.It does not remove one's "virginity." 3.It can be used along IUDs or diaphragms. 4.It is not mandatory to remove the cup at night. 5.No association what so ever with toxic shock syndrome.