Confused about the size of menstrual cup you should use? Dr Cuterus shares some tipsUpdated on: 26 June 2022, 22:35 pm IST
Menstrual cups have a newfound fan following among menstruators across age groups. Not only are they environment-friendly owing to their reusable nature, they are also considered high on convenience by those who are used to it. But if you’re new to the concept, you may be confused about the right menstrual cup size you must invest in. Should you give more importance to fit or flow? Come, let’s find out.
Just as sanitary pads come in a variety of regular, XL, XXL and more sizes, catering to people with light to heavy and super heavy flows, it’s the same with menstrual cups. However, the choice of menstrual cup size may also depend on other factors like age and pregnancy.
Dr Tanaya Narendra, Instagram’s famous Dr Cuterus, has shared some tips on menstrual cup size that you could use. She explains how cervical length is something women tend to think as a determining factor in a suitable menstrual cup, but that’s not needed. If you are one of those who feel a menstrual cup can get stuck into your vagina, read on!
How to choose your menstrual cup size
1. Vaginal childbirth
If you’ve had a baby via vaginal birth, choosing a large-sized menstrual cup will be ideal for you.
2. Childbirth via surgery
In case you have undergone a C-section surgery, go for the medium or small size.
3. Never had a baby
It’s best you go for the medium or small menstrual cup size.
For the teens, who have not had penetrative sex, Dr Cuterus suggests an extra small cup.
While these may be basic size guidelines, you must also keep in mind how heavy or light is your period flow.
Most brands providing these silicone menstrual cups offer them in three different sizes, and demarcate them on the basis of a woman’s age and period flow. As long as you know how to use a menstrual cup, you would be good to go!
While large is said to be suitable for women who are above 35 years of age, or for those with heavier than usual flow. The medium menstrual cup size is meant for women in the 25-35 age bracket with average flow and small is best-suited for first-time users, or teenagers as Dr Cuterus said.
Apart menstrual cup size, things you must know about this period product
Menstrual cups are safe to use. These are soft, silicone-based cups which are inserted into the vagina and collect menstrual blood as opposed to sanitary pads and tampons which soak the fluid.
With sanitary pads, we are often conscious about the odour and rashes. But menstrual cup users can sing praises galore of how gentle the latter is on the skin. A major plus point? It gives you a chance to have an itch-free period.
A lot of women may be hesitant about using a menstrual cup due to the fear of leakage or spillage, but that’s where fit is important. If a menstrual cup fits well enough and the rim creates a vacuum seal outside the vagina, it will be safe! In fact, like tampons, menstrual cups can be worn for a physically strenuous routine or even for a swim! Don’t believe us? Watch this!
A menstrual cup is a one-time investment for a long time, unlike pads which need to be replaced after every 3-4 hours. According to experts, a good quality menstrual cup can be used for even 2 years or more if you use it well and in a hygienic way.