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Menstrual Cup Guide - Everything you need to know

 

Every year tones of sanitary waste is produced and our sanitary “footprint” is going to far outlive our own lives, and remain there for the generations to come.

 It is now becoming common knowledge that our pads will spend the next hundreds of years breaking down in landfills or oceans. Contrary to what you may think, this is not the end of the story. 

Unbeknownst to many, from the landfills and the oceans, the pads make a return in our lives in the form of micro plastics and chemicals. In this way, hidden from our sight, we find them in our homes, food, air, and water. At the end of the day, the final destination of disposable pads is in our own bodies. 

In such a scenario, Menstrual Cup holds utmost importance. Let us know why

 

What is a Menstrual Cup?

 

It is a small, flexible, funnel-shaped reusable feminine hygiene product which is made of rubber or medical grade silicone, inserted into the vagina to collect period fluid during the menstrual cycle.

Cups can hold more blood than other menstrual products leading many women to use them as an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads. It is a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable option for you as well as the environment.

 

Sirona Pro Menstrual Cup is for those who care for their health and the environment. Worn internally, it collects 15ml+ of menstrual blood while maintaining the natural vaginal pH without drying it out. The cup gives you 8-10 hours’ leak-proof protection with the freedom of indulging in sports, travel and other activities. Made of high-quality silicone, it is reusable (up to 15 years) and thus eco-friendly, unlike disposable sanitary products, a lot of which create waste.


How to know the right Menstrual Cup Size for you?

To know the right menstrual cup size, you should consider the following:

  • Your age
  • Length of your cervix
  • Whether you have a heavy flow or not
  • firmness and flexibility of the cup
  • Cup capacity
  • The strength of your pelvic floor muscles
  • Childbirth due to Vaginal Delivery


How to use a menstrual cup?

 

STEP 1 - STERILIZE

Always wash your hands before use.Disinfect the cup before every use by washing and putting in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

 

STEP 2 - FOLD

Take the cup with clean hands and fold its rim twice. There are many ways of folding it, like C-fold or punch down fold (the cup is highly flexible because of the good quality silicone). You can try whichever fold suits you best.

STEP 3 - INSERT

Find a quite place and give yourself time. Take a deep breath and try to relax. Hold the cup at an angle (not straight up) aiming towards the base of your spine. Gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded cup into the vaginal opening, until it is all the way in (To facilitate smoother insertion, you can squat down with knees spread open or even moisten the cup with water-based lubrication gel. The end of the cup should be sitting no more than one cm from the vaginal opening.)

STEP 4 - PLACEMENT

Once properly inserted, the cup will pop open and remain in place with the aid of your vaginal muscles. It should feel smooth, comfortable and unobtrusive. Run a finger around the side of the cup. If you can still feel folds in it, this implies it hasn’t opened properly. Pinch the base of the cup (not the stem) to turn it and let it unfold completely. Creating a vacuum seal, it will ensure zero-leakage

STEP 5 - REMOVAL

 Wash your hands and relax. Sit or squat with your legs apart and push down your stomach muscles. Using your thumb and two fingers feel the base of the cup and squeeze it to release suction. (If you cannot feel the cup, just breathe and push down with your inner pelvic floor muscles). Gripping the base (not the stem), slowly pull it out. When the base of the cup is almost out, carefully push the cup on one side with your finger to remove half of the rim, so that the other half comes out easily. This ensures the cup slides out while remaining upright to avoid spilling the content

STEP 6 -  EMPTY

Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet pot. Depending on the menstrual flow, empty the cup approximately 2-5 times daily. Rinse the cup with water before inserting it back in. 

STEP 7 -STERILIZE: 

Before keeping it away for use in the next cycle, clean the cup thoroughly. Disinfect the cup before every use by washing and putting in boiling water for 3-5 minutes

 

USE: The menstrual cup retains at least 0.5-28ml of menstrual blood. Thanks to its design, it is an ideal menstrual aid for all kinds of sports, traveling or common daily usage. The cup can be used safely up to 12 hours daily (as per individual flow) and at night as well. You do not have to remove your cup to urinate. Sometimes when you defecate the cup might fall out of place, thus you have to remove it and reinsert it.

Advantages Of Menstrual Cup

Budget-friendly: You pay only once for a reusable menstrual cup — unlike tampons or pads, which have to be continually bought. Some cups last for as long as ten years.

Safer: Since menstrual cups do not absorb but collect blood, you’re not at risk of getting a toxic shock syndrome (TSS) associated with tampon use.

Can hold more blood: A menstrual cup can hold about one to two ounces of menstrual flow. Tampons, on the other hand, can hold up only third of an ounce.

Eco-friendly: Tampons, pads and panty liners along with their packaging and individual wrapping generate more than 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year – pads are around 90% plastic! Reusable menstrual cups can last as long as 10 years, which means you’re not contributing more waste to the environment.

Active lifestyle: Enables you to swim even during periods

How to Clean a Menstrual Cup?

It is recommended that you sterilize your menstrual cup before and after every cycle. To sterilize, simply rinse it normally and then, place it in a pot of water and boil it. Ensure it does not sink to the bottom (as it could melt if it comes in contact with the saucepan base). Boil for 2-10 minutes and then remove and allow it to dry.  

During your cycle, after removing the cup and emptying its contents, wash the cup under cold or warm water and then re-insert it. You may try using a scent free, water-based (oil-free) soap or one of the specially designed menstrual cup wipes or wash options.

Once it is dry, store the cup in the accompanying carry pouch.

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Swim without Worries

Swimming during your periods wearing sanitary pads is not possible. But fret no more, you can easily wear a Sirona Reusable Menstrual Cups and dive right in.

Dance without Breaks

Sirona Reusable Menstrual Cups allows complete freedom of movement. So, dance freely without any worries of stains, leakage, or wet sensation during your periods.

Play Like Never Before

Now, play, run or cycle with ease wearing our menstrual cup and forget the uncomfortable wet feeling and say goodbye to rashes.

Lesser waste

One Sirona cup can last for years together, thus minimizes the monthly creation of sanitary waste significantly.

8-10 hours protection

Once inserted, it collects menstrual blood for up to 8 hours. Moreover, it doesn’t need to be removed for peeing.

Nature Friendly

Since it significantly reduces the amount of waste creation Sirona's cup proves to be the most sustainable solution.

 

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