Today there are many different cups to choose from, different sizes, shapes and different softness. Our cup is soft and flexible. The softer the cup, the easier it is to fold. The most important thing is that you find a cup that suits you best. You may need to try a few different models before you find your favourite.
There are cups that are extra soft. This may suit you if you find the cup uncomfortable and are very sensitive. It may be a good idea to start with an extra soft one if you feel uncomfortable. And then you can have another model when you get used to it and can relax properly. Our Apofemme menstrual cup is soft and flexible.
Our menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone. It is non-toxic and completely safe to use. The silicone is not only soft and comfortable. It's easy to keep clean and doesn't release toxins or chemicals. Medical silicone comes in many different forms and can be used, for example, to heal scars. It is specially formulated to be kind to the skin and mucous membranes. It can also withstand very high temperatures, which is good because it can then be sterilised in boiling water.
When inserting the cup, it is easiest to fold it first. This makes it a little smaller and easier to fit. There are several ways to fold it, but the easiest and most common is to squeeze it once, and then fold it again, like a C. The easiest way to keep it folded is to use several fingers. It may feel a little unfamiliar to handle, but it gets easier as you go along. When you insert the cup into the vagina and let go, the cup will automatically unfold and settle into place. This creates a slight suction which ensures that the cup closes tightly against the vaginal walls and does not leak. You can wiggle the cup to get the right position, or turn it a little.
Many people like a soft cup because it feels more comfortable when it's in place. It's also an advantage if the outside is soft and smooth. The lining of the vagina is sensitive and the softer the cup, the better.
The silicone itself is smooth on the surface, which feels good, but it also makes the cup easy to insert and remove. It also makes it easier to keep clean.
Although the surface of the cup is smooth and therefore easy to clean, it will get coated after a while. This is very common but not dangerous. If you see that the cup has become discoloured, it is a good idea to give it a little extra cleaning. Scrub it thoroughly with soap and water. Also scrub the small holes in the cup a little extra. You can try using a spacer brush for your teeth. It will be like a small dish brush and will fit perfectly in the holes. Be careful not to clean the cup with anything that might scratch or damage the surface, as this will make the blood stick even more easily and make the cup harder to get clean.Once you know what you need to do to keep the menstrual cup clean and maintain hygiene when handling it, you will have a routine of your own. Find the ways that work for you.
If you know you are very sensitive, go for a menstrual cup that is extra soft. There are models that are much softer than others. Try it out to find the model that suits you best. Search for information in different places and learn about how different models look and work. The more you learn, the more likely you are to find one that suits you perfectly.
But how soft can it get? Once you've tried a normal soft cup, you might be surprised at how little you feel it. It doesn't hurt to try different models because it may not always be what you think. Whichever model you choose, don't settle until it feels just right to you. You should be completely comfortable, that's the most important thing.
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