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Want to switch to a menstrual cup? Here are a few tips to remember

Revolutionise menstrual hygiene in 2021 by embracing menstrual cups. But before you go all guns blazing, we want to give you a few pointers. Read on to know more.
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A menstrual cup collects the fluid. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Published: 1 Jan 2021, 12:00 pm IST
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2021 is here, and we are all in the zone to take all kinds of pledges. From exercising hard to eating right, we are all set to make some much-needed lifestyle changes in the coming year. But have you thought about the kind of changes you’re going to make when it comes to personal hygiene? Or let’s be more specific – menstrual hygiene.  

Did you know, using sanitary pads/napkins creates a ton of waste? Unfortunately, it gives rise to pollution at all levels. As the torch bearers of the future, we must think about these things and look for menstrual products that are safe to use and are environment friendly too – just like menstrual cups.

We know that most of you are paranoid about using a menstrual cup. But if you won’t try, then how would you even know how awesome it is? As always, we are  to guide you.

And we have with us, Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from Motherhood Hospital, Mumbai to help us understand all about menstrual cups. So, let’s begin.

Why are menstrual cups a good option?

Well, it’s a valid question to ask, says Dr Siddhartha. “You will be surprised to know that a menstrual cup is one of the best options, when it comes to period hygiene. Though it can be a little expensive, it proves to be a good investment. Reportedly, it can be more comfortable, when compared to pads or tampons. While using a cap, many have reported experiencing fewer cramps. If one inserts the cup properly, then she will be able to be carefree, even during her period. You will be able to enjoy activities such as swimming or working out with ease,” he adds.

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Here are some really simple tips to use a menstrual cup

Relax, it’s no rocket science. Just follow this guide:

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  • Before using the cup, make sure you read the directions on how to use it correctly.  It’s generally mentioned on the box, but you can also watch videos that give out proper explanations.
  • Before inserting, you must wash your hands and cup as well. In order to insert the cup, fold its top, and then insert it into the vagina. 
  • It can be done by standing with one foot raised or even squatting. Just see what is comfortable for you. 
  • Push the cup further, until the rim of the cup is inside. The entire cup should go in. 
  • Check whether the cup is in place, by running your finger along the rim.

Tada! Wasn’t that easy?

Here’s what you should remember before using a menstrual cup

1. Remember to insert it properly. Otherwise, you’re going to feel uncomfortable.
2. Those who experience a heavy flow may experience leaks.
3. Empty the cup frequently and wash it from time to time to reduce infections.

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But what is the right way to clean it? Relax, Dr Siddhartha is here to help

“Once you remove the cup, wash it with soap and water. Place the cup in boiling water and keep it for 10 minutes. Later, store it in a dry place,” explains Dr Siddhartha.

Now, since you know everything about the usage of a menstrual cup, there’s another thing that’s important to touch upon. What about the frequency of changing the cup? Dr Siddhartha suggests you can change it twice a day or depending on the flow. If there is still any confusion, then speak with your doctor.

So, what do you think? Will you go for a menstrual cup in 2021? Do let us know in the comments below!

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