Menstrual cup vaginal discharge

Menstrual cup when you have vaginal discharge

Everyone who has a vagina has more or less vaginal discharge. Some people have a lot of discharge and like to use a panty liner to keep them comfortable. You may not have known that a menstrual cup works great for vaginal discharge too? Of course, there is not as much fluid as when you are bleeding, but the cup works very well to protect your panties against vaginal discharge.

Safe with a menstrual cup when you have a vaginal discharge

You can use a menstrual cup just as well for vaginal discharge as for periods. Of course, you don't have to empty it as often as when you bleed, but you can wear the cup for 12 hours. Because the cup is made of medical-grade silicone, it doesn't collect bacteria, so it's much more hygienic than a panty liner, for example. Plus, the cup can be used again and again.

A big bonus of using the menstrual cup for vaginal discharge is that you can learn a lot about your body and your cycle. Different vaginal discharge tells you where you are in your cycle, if you are ovulating or if it is almost time for your period, for example. A bad-smelling discharge can be a sign that everything is not right and you may have a bacterial infection.

Learn more about your body

When using a menstrual cup for vaginal discharge, take the opportunity to learn more about your cycle. The discharge can tell you a lot and you may soon see a pattern. It's not as if you have a vaginal discharge just like that. The vaginal discharge you have at ovulation looks different. Once you know when your first day of menstruation is, you can count about 14 days and see what happens in the menstrual cup. That's when ovulation usually starts.

If you want to get pregnant, this is valuable information. Then you can read your body's signals thanks to the menstrual cup and know better when it's best to try. It can work the other way round too, if you don't want to get pregnant. But of course, that carries a risk. Don't think of the cup as a protection against pregnancy, because it's not. However, it is always good to know your body and your cycle, for your own health and well-being.

Warning signs to be aware of

If your discharge smells bad, it could mean you have an infection. Bacterial vaginosis causes bad odour and can occur without you even noticing it. But as you collect vaginal discharge in your menstrual cup, you will notice if the smell changes. When everything is as it should be, it smells a little sour, or nothing at all. When you know what it usually smells like, you'll react if anything is different, which is a big advantage for you.

You may find that the discharge is mixed with blood even if you are not menstruating. It's nothing to worry about. It is very common to have intermittent bleeding. Especially if you're on contraceptives like the pill or if you have an IUD. But you should always be vigilant. If something seems strange, you should get advice about it. Ask your midwife or gynaecologist if you feel worried that something is wrong.

Insert a cup before your period

You can insert the cup just before your period if you know it's coming soon. If you know you should have your period in the next few days, just insert it. Your period may not come on the same day. You'll know when you take the cup out. A menstrual cup with colourless discharge may mean that there are still several days to go before it's really due.

Since it hardly bothers you to use the cup when you can't feel it, you can benefit from having it ready when your period is coming. That way, you won't have a surprise in your panties or have to use panty liners and ties to keep your period from getting on your clothes. The cup can be left in for 12 hours, whether you're on your period or not. If you're not on your period, it's easy to forget about because you can't feel it. So remember the cup!


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