The menstrual cycle is a period of physiological changes that occur in the woman's body that ends with the arrival of menstruation. The arrival of menstruation coincides with the beginning of the fertile age, when the egg is not fertilized the endometrium tends to flake off causing bleeding from the vagina, precisely menstruation. For this reason, in most cases these are accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen and back. To these pains are added mood swings, nausea, fatigue and discomfort. In particular, the latter derives mostly from sanitary pads. Whether internal or external, with or without wings, sanitary pads are uncomfortable, expensive and harmful to the environment. The perfect alternative to them is the menstrual cup.
A brief history of the menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is a bell-shaped medical silicone device that can be inserted at any time during the menstrual cycle. The first cup was invented in 1937 by Leona Chalmers who patented the first latex prototype. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of the Second World War, the production of cups was stopped but in the 1950s Chalmers returned to the limelight by proposing a new prototype in medical silicone. Both models, in latex and silicone, are still sold today with the difference that, while the latex cup is disposable, the medical silicone cup can last up to 10 years.
The menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is a particular device that meets dozens of objections. The most common is certainly related to hygiene. First of all it must be said that the menstrual cup must be sanitized before each use and it is possible to do it even between one change and another and moreover, if positioned correctly, it completely eliminates the risk of leaks and unsightly stains on clothes (as it can happen with internal or external pads). The menstrual cup guarantees freedom of movement even in sports thanks to its adhesion to the vaginal walls that prevent movement. In addition, the cup promotes intimate hygiene by not leaving synthetic odors and avoiding redness due to prolonged contact with chemicals and deodorants. However, the main advantages of the cup are two: eco-sustainability and price. The external and internal absorbents are produced with non-recyclable materials for this reason their continuous use causes damage to the planet. The menstrual cup, lasting for years, limits this problem thanks to the fewer changes it undergoes in the course of a woman's life. Precisely for this reason the menstrual cup is an investment; in fact, comparing its cost to that of sanitary pads, we can easily see that the cup is much cheaper.
How to insert the menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is easy to insert, you can use lubricants if you want (although menstrual fluid is a great lubricant) and you can use it even if you are a virgin. We can insert the cup correctly in three steps
1. Wash your hands
The most important part relating to the insertion of the cup is hygiene. In fact, it must be washed and sanitized before each use and you must also wash your hands before inserting it to avoid infections.
2. Fold the cup
There are various methods to fold the menstrual cup before inserting it, the most common is to press the center on both sides until the two ends adhere to form a sort of 8. At that point you are ready to insert it.
3. Insert it
There is no correct position for insertion, a lot depends on the density of the flow or how you are. In any case, once folded, the cup must be inserted fully, until the whole body is inserted into the vaginal cavity. When this is done, just release it.
How to choose your menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is suitable for everyone and has two different sizes S and L in order to meet the needs of each.