Period care can be a challenge, but there are options! One alternative to traditional period products is the menstrual cup. These cups are made of medical-grade silicone and are inserted into the vagina to catch menstrual flow. They can be worn for up to 12 hours and are a sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly option.
When you first start using a menstrual cup, it might happen that you accidentally insert it too far, making it difficult to remove. This is something to be aware of when using a menstrual cup for the first time. It's important to not push the cup in too tightly and be aware of your own body and comfort level.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not every cup fits the same. It's important to try out different sizes to find the one that works best for you. This might take a little trial and error, but it's worth it in the end.
It is also important to note that when using a menstrual cup, you will be handling menstrual blood and body tissues. It is important to be comfortable with this aspect of using a menstrual cup. To clean the cup, it can be washed with warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap, or a special cup wash. When in public bathrooms, it is okay to wipe it out with toilet paper only, but make sure to wash your hands or use sanitizer on your hands before taking it out.
Once your period is over, it's important to properly clean your menstrual cup before storing it away for next month. Here are a few steps to properly clean your menstrual cup:
Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet and rinse it with cold water to remove any blood.
Boil a pot of water on the stove and carefully lower your menstrual cup into the water. Boil it for about 5-10 minutes.
Once the cup has cooled down, you can then wash it with mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water. Make sure to clean all the crevices and airholes.
Rinse the cup thoroughly with water until all the soap is removed.
Dry the cup with a clean towel or let it air dry before storing it in a clean, breathable bag or container.
It's important to sterilize your menstrual cup regularly and before and after your period to ensure it stays clean and hygienic.
The general price point for menstrual cups is around $20 to $40 and can last up to 10 years. They can be found at drugstores, health food stores and online retailers.
Overall, menstrual cups are a great alternative to traditional period products. They are eco-friendly, cost-effective and can be worn for up to 12 hours. If you're thinking about trying a menstrual cup, be sure to do your research, consult with a medical professional and find the size that works best for you.
If you have any questions or concerns about menstrual cups, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always happy to help!