The menstrual cup is a menstrual pad that is similar to a tampon in that it is also inserted first into the vagina. But instead of soaking up the blood like a tampon does, the menstrual cup catches the blood. This prevents the sensitive lining of the vagina from becoming irritated or dry. You take a cup out when it suits you, or when it's full and empty the blood into the toilet, sink or shower and put the cup back in again.
The menstrual cup is an increasingly popular menstrual cover, which is no wonder as it has so many benefits. Our main goal with our Apofemme menstrual cup is that you won't even feel like you're using a menstrual pad. What's more, you'll save money and the environment because the cup replaces consumables such as tampons and pads. Our menstrual cup lasts up to 10 years and is soft, flexible and free of toxins. You use the cup all day, and it can stay in for up to 12 hours at a time. Because the cup is made of medical grade silicone, it doesn't attract bacteria and is a much more hygienic option. A menstrual cup that fits properly, doesn't feel and doesn't leak.
The cup is soft and shaped so you won't feel it and it's easy to insert and remove. It is very easy to use and you can live your life as you normally would, for example swimming or playing sports without feeling the cup. The cup can stay in for up to 12 hours. This is a great advantage because you don't have to think about finding a toilet and changing the menstrual pad and you can sleep undisturbed all night without worrying about leakage.
Before using your menstrual cup, boil it in water for 5 minutes to sterilise it. Our menstrual cup comes in two sizes, and no matter which one you have, it's easiest to fold it before inserting it. There are several different ways to fold it. Try a few different ones to see what works best for you.
See more tips on how to fold your cup here.
Once you've folded the cup, insert it into your vagina, and as soon as you let go, the cup will automatically unfold and form a slight suction that will make it close tightly against the vaginal walls. If it lands right, you won't feel it. If you feel it, it may need to sit a little further in or out, try it out to find the right position. It should not be inserted as far as a tampon, but much closer to the mouth of the vagina. If it doesn't feel right, you can always take it out and start again.
Some people find it easiest to sit on the toilet, but you can do whatever feels right for you. Squat, or have a leg on the edge of the bath or sink or some other way.
You'll have to try what works best for you. If you find that inserting the cup feels sluggish or rough, you can rinse it in warm water first or use a lubricant. Be careful not to use an oil-based lubricant as it will destroy the silicone the cup is made of. Also remember to always wash your hands with soap and water, and to also wash the cup before handling it.
When you take out your menstrual cup, you must first break the light suction that makes the cup close tightly and not leak. Do not pull the cup before doing this, as this can create a rather strong vacuum that can be uncomfortable or even painful. You can break the suction by either squeezing the cup, wiggling it a little to the side or poking a finger into the side to release the pressure. Most people find it easiest to take the cup out while sitting on the toilet. If the cup is full, it can easily spill blood and it's handy if it goes down the toilet anyway.
You don't have to empty the cup every time you go to the toilet. But in the beginning it may be a good idea to empty it every few minutes to learn how much blood comes out. You can also take out and empty the cup when you shower. When you have emptied it, rinse it off with water, making sure that the small holes are not clogged or the cup will not hold tightly. Once you have rinsed it, just put it back in.
As well as being convenient and climate-friendly, a menstrual cup saves you a lot of money. You can use the cup for up to 10 years. Imagine how many tampons and sanitary towels you could use in that time. That way you'll earn back the money you paid for your cup pretty quickly. Take good care of your menstrual cup and you will be able to use it for a long time to come. Boil the cup before each new period and between periods and you can store it in the cotton bag you received when you bought the cup. Then it will last a long time.
A good tip is to have several menstrual cups and keep them in a few different places, in your bag and at work for example. It can be worth its weight in gold when your period comes a little quickly and unexpectedly.
A menstrual cup is a very hygienic menstrual protection. Made from medical grade silicone, the cup doesn't attract bacteria the way tampons and pads can. Most people are familiar with the disease TSS, which means blood poisoning and can also affect you if you use a tampon incorrectly. A menstrual cup is much better for your intimate hygiene. The medical grade silicone is kind to the delicate lining of the vagina and because the cup traps the blood rather than soaking it up, the lining doesn't get dry.
By opting out of single-use menstrual pads, such as sanitary towels and tampons, you save the environment when you use a cup instead. There's a lot less waste and it saves a lot of produced materials like cotton and plastic. The menstrual cup is made of medical grade silicone, which is also non-toxic and when it is used up after 10 years, it can be recycled again.
Of course, one of the best benefits of a menstrual cup for yourself is that you can feel free and comfortable when you're menstruating. The cup is easy to use, follows your body and is kind to your mucous membranes. It might feel a bit unfamiliar at first, as with all new things, but thanks to all the benefits, you'll get used to it pretty quickly. Sometimes it only takes a few tries before you get the hang of it and experience a big difference compared to other menstrual pads. We hope you'll discover all the benefits of the menstrual cup and we'll be happy to help you along the way.
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