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Ask yourself these 3 important questions before buying a menstrual cup

Published on:19 November 2020, 11:04am IST
You have made a good decision by switching to a menstrual cup, but keep these 3 things in your mind before making the first purchase.
Shreya Gupta
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Switching to menstrual cups is one of your wisest decisions you can ever make and we are glad that you have made it! Not only are they more convenient, but menstrual cups are also environment friendly. But before you go ahead and make the leap, you need to ask a few things to yourself. 

Since menstrual cups are relatively new and most of us have been wearing sanitary pads since forever, you want to be sure of what you are purchasing. So ask yourself these three questions to choose the perfect menstrual cup for yourself.  

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1. Which size will suit you best?

So, menstrual cups come in various sizes to suit various age groups and flow patterns. Researching what size will suit you better before making the purchase is important and this is the first thing that you need to consider first. Majorly there are three sizes that are widely available in the market:

Small: If you are still in your teen years with light to medium flow, small size is perfect for you.
Medium: Women in their 20s and 30s who haven’t given birth are often recommended to go for the medium size.
Large: Women who are above 30 and have given natural birth are recommended to choose a size large. You can also go for size large in case of extremely heavy flow.

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2. Can things get messy?

Yes, things can get messy the first time you wear a menstrual cup. But don’t get grossed out! You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. And if you are using one for the first time, then in all probability this can happen with you too.

Inserting and using it for the first time can give you a tough time and the struggle with it during periods can make the process messy. But hold on! Things will get better soon and you’ll be able to insert it smoothly after a few tries and practice.

3. Can leaving it on for too long give me toxic shock syndrome?

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a dangerous bacterial illness that happens when you keep tampons inserted for too long. And since menstrual cups are meant to be inserted as well, can it give you a TSS?

The answer is NO. When you use a cup, the blood is not absorbed by the cup. Rather, it is collected in it and the vaginal flora remains undisturbed. Moreover, it is made of silicone which is completely safe. This means that there’s no scope for the growth or breeding of bacteria responsible for TSS. So you can wear it easily for up to 10 hours without worrying about TSS!

So, are you ready to welcome all the awesomeness with a menstrual cup?

Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.