Sleep with a menstrual cup

Sleep with a menstrual cup

It can be hard to sleep well when you're having your period. People who bleed profusely often need to get up several times a night to change their menstrual pads. And sometimes you may even need to shower and change the sheets because there's blood everywhere.

One of the most appreciated benefits of the menstrual cup is that you don't have to get up in the night to change your pads. With a menstrual cup, you can sleep undisturbed all night. With a menstrual cup, you don't have to worry about leaks.

Empty the cup and insert it just before you go to bed. When it's in place, you won't feel it and you can sleep just like you used to. The cup can stay in for up to 12 hours and the large size can hold a lot of blood. Some people bleed more at night and others bleed less. Try out the size that suits you.

Menstrual cup beginners

If you are just getting used to using a menstrual cup, it may be a good idea to wait a while before starting to sleep with a cup until you get the technique right.

It is a good idea to feel completely comfortable inserting and removing the cup before you start sleeping with it. During the night, the cup may slide up a little further when you lie down and if you are a beginner, it can be a little difficult and stressful to get it out. It's not dangerous at all and it can't get stuck or disappear. But it can feel safer and calmer to get the insertion and emptying right before you wear a cup at night. Wait two or three months before you try sleeping with a menstrual cup. Some people get the hang of the technology more quickly and for some it takes a little longer. Listen to your gut, you know best when you are ready to sleep with a cup.

I feel the cup when I lie down to sleep

If you feel the cup when you lie down, or it sounds like air is coming out of it, it could mean that the cup is not in the right place. There is also a risk that your cup could leak. Try taking it out and putting it back in. When the cup is in place, you shouldn't feel it when you lie down.

Important hygiene

It is always important to be careful about hygiene when handling your menstrual cup. Always wash your hands with soap and water before inserting your cup. Also remember never to put the cup down on a surface without washing it off afterwards.

If you haven't used the cup for a while, boil it before using it next time. When you empty the cup, just wash it with soap and water, but remember to rinse it thoroughly so that no soap residue gets into the vagina. This can irritate the mucous membranes and lead to itching problems or, in the worst case, make it easier for you to get a yeast infection.

Sleeping with a menstrual cup is easy

It's a great freedom to discover how well sleeping with a cup works and a relief not to have to worry about leaking blood at night. This is true at home, of course, but also if you're sleeping away, when you don't have to get up to change in the middle of the night or wake up with blood stains on your bed.

Let it take time to get to know your menstrual cup

It may take some time to get fully acquainted with a menstrual cup, but don't rush. Take your time. Once you get the hang of the technology, you'll quickly notice how much it makes things easier for you and that you can sleep really well when you're on your period.


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