Best 10 Menstrual Cup Questions For You
10 Useful Menstrual Cup Questions For You
We know before using the menstrual cup you have any questions about how what, why, etc. That’s why we found out the 10 best menstrual cup questions for you that will help you understand menstrual cup uses.
Q1. Will my menstrual cup move even after suction is made and when I insert my cup it moves even after it’s open and I can rotate it and it leaks Why?
A. Once the menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina with the fold you are comfortable with, it gets popped open inside the vagina and regains its original shape. When it creates suction against the walls of the vagina the menstrual cup does not move from its place as it has created a watertight seal against the wall of the vagina and gets stuck to it due to the suction created.
If you feel that even after inserting the cup it starts moving after it opens then it means it has not created a suction. You can check it by rotating the cup once you’ve inserted it into your vagina. With the rotation of the cup from left to right, you can make your cup pop open and create a watertight seal inside. Rotating the cup doesn’t mean that it’s not set at the right place or the seal has not been created.
Moreover, it can only leak, in case the suction and the seal are not created or it is full and starts overflowing, otherwise leaking of the cup is out of the question. If you are not sure that your cup is open or not or has created a watertight seal or not, all you need to do is to gently hold the stem of the cup and try to pull it downwards. If the menstrual cup has opened and created the seal and vacuum, you’ll feel a slight pull.
Q2. Is it fine to use non-drinking water or tap water to clean the menstrual cup in India?
A. It is always suggested to clean your cup with drinking or potable water as non-drinking water can only wash the cup but cannot clean it. It may have bacterias and germs and simply washing it with non-drinking water and then inserting it into your vagina can land you into trouble. You may catch an infection.
The most important thing you should remember is to wash or sanitize your hands before starting the process of washing or inserting the menstrual cup. So if you are traveling it is highly recommended to carry a bottle of potable water so that if need be you can wash your menstrual cup with safe drinking water. This kind of cleaning is generally done between periods, but not in daily use cleaning.
To keep it fully clean it is always good to first clean the menstrual cup with a menstrual cup wash and then boil the water in a utensil. Now simply put your cup in the utensil in a way that it does not touch the base of the utensil. Let it boil for 3-5 minutes and then take it out. Keep it on a clean surface to get cooled down or get dried and your cup is ready to use. Always wash your hands before starting the boiling process and also before using the cup.
Q3. What size of the menstrual cup should I use after dilation and curettage D&C procedure and before childbirth?
A. If you have gone through the process of dilation and curettage D&C procedure then it is not recommended to use a menstrual cup for some time as putting anything in your vagina can cause bacteria to enter your uterus, possibly causing infection until your cervix returns to normal.
As dilation and curettage (D&C) is a process where the tissues are removed from the lining of the uterus to treat bleeding issues, control heavy vaginal bleeding that is causing heavy blood loss, end a pregnancy, remove tissue that remains after a miscarriage, or test for signs of endometrial cancer.
During the process, the vagina is spread open using thick rods into the cervix to slowly dilate it. After the cervix is dilated, a curettage is used to scrape tissues from the inside uterus. The whole procedure can make the opening of your vagina a little bigger. In this case, you can go for a bigger size menstrual cup than the one you were using before the procedure as the opening may get expanded after the procedure. But you need to wait for it till your cervix gets healed completely.
If you are over the age of 30 and have had vaginal childbirth then it is recommended to use a large menstrual cup. On the other hand, if you are under the age of 30 and have had a C-section and not given vaginal birth, then you can go for a medium or a smaller model menstrual cup depending upon the sizes the brands are offering.
There are some brands that offer small and large sizes of menstrual cups and some make it even more simple by offering three sizes, small, medium, and large sizes like Gynocup Menstrual Cup.
Q4. Does Swelling occur due to menstrual cups?
A. Generally, swelling does not occur due to the usage of menstrual cups. There is no evidence or experience shared by the women who use menstrual cups that it causes swelling. There may be chances that it may cause leakage if it is not properly inserted into the vagina or created suction and seal against the walls of the vagina. Initially, you may also feel a little pain when you are inexperienced and do not know how to use it.
Moreover, if you do not follow proper hygiene while using the menstrual cup like cleaning or sanitizing your hands before touching the menstrual cup, inserting it, or removing it then it may cause allergic reactions.
Some women get an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted to prevent pregnancy, in this case, there may be chances that it may get dislodged.
In addition to it, in the rarest of the rarest cases, some of the cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome can also be seen but that is not a common occurrence with menstrual cups, unlike tampons.
Q5. I cannot insert my menstrual cup during my periods. What should I do as it is new?
A. There are chances that when you are new to menstrual cups you may feel uncomfortable with it initially. The whole process of inserting the menstrual cup into your vagina may seem daunting. So, what you need to do is to understand your menstrual cup size. Accordingly, you can go for the right size. If you are a new user and fall under the age group of 13 to 20 then the small size is best suited to you.
The women who fall under the age group of 20 and 30 should go for medium size and if you are above thirty and given birth to a child vaginally then the large size is surely meant for you. So the first step towards inserting the menstrual cup without hassle is to have the right size.
Secondly, knowing the right fold is also very important. There are many folds that you can try to insert the cup inside. Some of the folds that you can try are C-fold, punch-down, sevenfold, triangle, diamond, or origami fold. Start with the simplest one that is C-fold and try to insert it by taking the position you find comfortable. You can sit, squat, or do it while standing as well.
The next step to make the process of inserting the menstrual cup easy is to apply water-based lubricant or water on the rim of the menstrual cup so that it slips inside easily. If we follow all these steps religiously then we will become an expert by trying after 2-3 times. It is one of the safest ways to manage your periods, so all you need to do is to be confident in using it and everything will go well.
Q6. I’m 15 years old and my weight is 38. Can I use a menstruation Cup?
A. Yes, definitely you can use a menstrual cup. You are a teenager and the menstrual cup is meant for any female whose period starts. Yours is the right age to use it. Moreover, it has nothing to do with the weight of a person. Irrespective of what weight you have you can use a menstrual cup. The size of the body does not affect anyone’s ability to use the cup.
All you need to do is to understand which size suits you the best so that the whole experience of using a menstrual cup remains pleasant. According to your age, the smaller size of the menstrual cup will fit you the best. Do not worry at all about using this amazing product to manage your period.
Q7. What is the capacity of a medium-sized and small-sized menstrual cup?
A. There are three sizes of menstrual cups available in Gynocup. small size, medium-size and large size. The small size suits the females between the age group of 13 to 20. The medium size is made for the women who fall under the age group of 20 and 30 and the women who are above the age group of thirty and given birth to a child naturally and not through C-section should wear the large size.
The cups have different capacities to hold the menstrual blood. The small size or size A can hold up to 17 ml of period blood, on the other hand, if we talk about medium-size or Size B, it can hold up to 25 ml of period flow and the large one has a little more capacity to hold and that goes up to 30 ml.
The capacity to hold the period flow is three times more than the capacity of pads and tampons and this is why it can go on for 8 to 10 hours without causing any leakage. Moreover, the capacity to hold blood also depends upon the period flow a woman experiences. It may vary with different women, so one should not be very calculative in this regard.
Q8. Is it normal to feel the tendency to push while wearing the menstrual cup? I can actually feel it while walking?
A. If you are a newcomer and are using the cup for the first time then there are chances that you might feel it while walking as it is a natural tendency of a human being that our mind gets distracted or think about anything that is new or we are experiencing for the first time.
It is just like, If something gets stuck between our teeth then all our attention moves towards that little piece of food only that gets stuck. Apart from this, once you will get comfortable with the Gynocup you will not feel it at all.
The second scenario, in this case, could be that you are not wearing it the right way or it could be the wrong size. For that matter, please check the size of the cup. If it is the right one then make sure that your menstrual cup pops open and creates suction against the walls of the vagina. Once you are through with all these scenarios, everything is good to go.
To answer your next question, I would say that you need to push your menstrual cup a little with your index finger while you are inserting the cup so that it gets into your vagina easily; and this is absolutely normal. Apart from that once it gets settled inside then you will not feel like pushing it inside. Make sure it is inserted as it is recommended to feel absolutely normal. It might take a few takes but once you get the hook of it everything will be normal.
Q9. My menstrual cup is leaking every morning and I wake up with blood all over. Please tell me how to solve this issue?
A. This should not happen in case you are using the right size of the menstrual cup. Check whether you are using the right side of the cup or not? The three sizes of menstrual cups available in Gynocup are small size, medium size, and large size menstrual cups.
The small size is for females who fall between the 13 to 20 age group. The medium size is for the age group of 20 and 30 and the large size is for women above the age group of thirty and have given birth to a child vaginally and not through C-section. So, you can choose your size accordingly.
Secondly, please make sure that you are inserting the cup in the proper manner. Try the fold you are comfortable with and insert it inside while standing, sitting, or squatting. Once you insert it inside, rotate it so that it springs open and creates suction against the wall of the vagina.
It will get stuck to the walls of the vagina and seals the whole passage for the vaginal fluid. It will have no place to get collected other than getting collected in the menstrual cup. You will experience no leakage at any time of the day, whether you do exercise, swim, sleep or get involved in any other activities.
Q10. At what time does the menstruation cup get sterilized- before the commencing of periods or after the period ends?
A. Menstrual cups should be sterilized once your period starts. We recommend not even touching your menstrual cup without washing your hands as it may become the breeding place for bacterias and germs and can interfere with your health.
So, first of all, take a utensil and fill it with clean water preferably potable water. Wash your hands properly and pick your menstrual cup and put it inside the utensil. Make sure that your menstrual cup should not touch the base of the utensil and should float in the water or else it will get damaged. Let it boil for 3-5 mins. Then again clean your hands and take them out and put them on a clean surface and let them cool down and dry.
Apart from doing it initially, you should sterilize your menstrual cup in between also after cleaning it with a cleaning solution as it will keep you away from catching any kind of infection or any other problem that might turn out to be dangerous.
Once your period gets over then it is a must to clean your menstrual cup with Gynocup cleaning solution and then sterilize it again in the way it has been explained before putting it back safely for further use. It will not only keep you safe from catching any infection or having any medical issues but also increase the life of the menstrual cup.
So, these are the 10 useful menstrual cup questions for you. We hope these all are questions helpful for you and you got answers to your questions. Now you can start your period journey with GynoCup safest menstrual cup. Thank you for reading.