Menstrual cup after pregnancy

Using a menstrual cup after pregnancy

After giving birth, you may bleed a lot for a long time. It may seem ideal to use a menstrual cup after pregnancy, but for the first few weeks after giving birth, you should not use a menstrual pad that is inserted into the vagina. This advice applies whether you had a vaginal birth or a caesarean section.

After about 6 weeks you can start using a cup again. Be aware that your body may have changed and think about whether you need a different size than before.

The weeks after giving birth

Give yourself and your abdomen time to heal properly after you have a baby. Even if you are used to using a cup, it is recommended to wear a sanitary towel immediately after giving birth and for a few weeks, or months, afterwards. Your body has been through something amazing, big and stressful. The vagina may be fragile and sore and needs time to heal in peace and quiet.

After giving birth, it is usually recommended to wait three months before using a menstrual cup, by which time the healing should be complete. Of course, it may take longer for your period to start again. Remember that this is a general recommendation and only you know what is best for you. Some people heal faster and others need more time. Listen to your body and take it easy.

Changes after pregnancy

Whether it's your first baby, or whether you give birth vaginally or not, your body goes through changes during and after pregnancy. This has to do with hormones and may mean that the cup you have no longer fits or works as it used to. You may need a new cup. It's quite common for a larger size to feel better, but this is not the case for everyone.

Sometimes the uterine tap sits further down after pregnancy and the cup you used before may not fit well or feel comfortable. You could try choosing a cup that is a little lower and fits differently. Try it out to find a model that suits you and feels good.

Sometimes it's not possible

Sometimes women find that menstrual cups don't work well after pregnancy and there can be a variety of reasons for this. Sometimes the changes in your body make you feel the cup more than you did before. It may feel different to go to the toilet when the cup is in or that the cup is not in place properly as it used to be.

The body changes a lot before, during and after pregnancy. And sometimes you may need to take a break from the cup because it just doesn't feel right, work or fit at the time. There's a lot that's new after childbirth and the last thing you need is to fuss with a menstrual pad. Do what feels easiest and most convenient for you, right now. Maybe a menstrual cup will fit better after a while again.

For those who are used to cups

If you got used to using a cup before you got pregnant, you should be able to continue using it afterwards without any problems. But you should give your body time to heal after giving birth, preferably at least three months. If you do need to change, it will be easier if you are used to using a cup and know what fits you and how it will feel when the cup fits properly.

If using a cup before pregnancy has worked well, it's an advantage not to have to think so much about menstrual protection during the toddler years. One less problem when you're already busy with all that toddler stuff is worth its weight in gold. With this in mind, it's not a bad idea to try to get back into the habit of using a menstrual cup after pregnancy as soon as you can.

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