The Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups are reusable containers that are inserted into the vagina during menstruation to deposit menstrual flow. An ecological alternative to conventional methods of controlling bleeding during menstruation, such as tampons. Unlike them, which are also used internally, the menstrual cup does not absorb blood, remaining contained inside the cup until it is removed from the vagina and the liquid is discarded.
The menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that has been a revolution, especially because of the benefits it provides for women. It is made of hypoallergenic materials and without chemicals, so it does not cause any type of negative reaction in our body. It keeps the moisture of the vagina intact and does not dry it out, protecting the intimate flora at all times. In addition to being ecological and being able to reuse it as many times as you want (ensuring meticulous care and maintenance of cleaning and disinfection), it has more autonomy than any other intimate hygiene product, lasting up to 12 hours without having to use the bath (depending, obviously, on of menstrual flow and the day of menstruation). They are also ideal in places where you don't have easy access to a bathroom, such as the beach or the mountains.
According to the users, the cup is also much more comfortable to wear, highlighting above all that you do not notice that you are wearing it, that you can use it with any type of clothing without fear and that it is not noticeable that you are wearing it. This allows you to maintain the naturalness of the movement both when playing sports and performing any other type of effort or movement, such as getting in or out of any vehicle.
What Types of Menstrual Cups Are There?
At Farma2Go we have a wide variety of menstrual cup sizes, which are divided into the following classification: Size S or small for women under 18 years of age and without sexual relations, Size M or medium, L or large and XL or extra large, in the that varies its diameter, length and capacity. They can also be classified by letters corresponding to their size (A, B...).
Is it better to use pads, tampons or a menstrual cup?
No two women are alike and each one experiences menstruation in a different way. Therefore, the most important thing is to choose the period control product that best suits our needs and with which we are most comfortable. There is no doubt that the menstrual cup is the best ecological alternative to pads and tampons, since by collecting menstrual flow instead of absorbing it, it ensures a completely odorless and irritation-free period. In addition, it is very easy to clean and reuse: not only will you save money, but you will also reduce your impact on the environment.
How is the Menstrual Cup Used?
Using a Menstrual Cup is very simple and, once you try it, you will be delighted by its comfort. To start, it is very important to wash your hands well with soap and water, placing yourself in a comfortable position to relax your muscles. Next, insert the folded menstrual cup into the vagina and, when the entire cup is inside, remove your fingers so that it opens. To remove the menstrual cup, simply pull the stem slightly until it touches the base, press and remove it gently. It is recommended to empty it every 12 hours, although this depends on each woman's flow. Empty the collected flow and wash it well with water.
What are the advantages of using a menstrual cup?
The Menstrual Cup has many advantages, such as the protection of the vaginal flora, since it does not contain aggressive chemicals or that can alter the pH of the woman's genital organs, the comfort, which allows you to perform any exercise or physical activity without compromising the mobility, the duration, it allows you to be more careless than with a tampon and use it both day and night, the total elimination of odors and its compatibility with contraceptives such as the IUD or contraceptive rings.
What Care Does the Menstrual Cup Need?
Keeping the Menstrual Cup in good condition so you can reuse it as many times as you want is very important and easier than you think. Basically, you only need to clean and wash the cup thoroughly with cold water, ensuring that all the holes and marks are clean and free of debris. You should never wash it with soap, as this product damages the silicone and deteriorates the menstrual cup. It is also very important to sterilize the cup at least once a month to destroy any bacteria. To do this, boil water in a saucepan and when it is boiling, put the glass inside. It is important to only leave it for 3 minutes, since if you go too long, you can burn the glass and make it unusable. You can also try sterilizing it with some silicone cups created to carry out this procedure in the microwave, very useful when traveling, for example.
Another tip we can give you is that if your menstrual cup begins to turn yellow, it does not mean that it has gone bad, you can whiten it by letting it sit overnight in hydrogen peroxide. This process can deteriorate the glass if done frequently, so it is advisable to do it at most once every 6 months.
How to Clean the Menstrual Cup when you are away from home?
Menstruation is a natural process that is part of women, not something dirty or unpleasant. When you are away from home, just find a sink and empty the cup into the toilet, clean it with toilet paper and finish rinsing with water in the sink. If you do not have access to drinking water, it is best not to wash it. In this situation, you can empty it, clean it with toilet paper (wipes usually carry perfumes that can compromise our vaginal flora) and put it back on without any problem until you get home, where you can wash it with clean water as usual.