by Manyata Kumar, Girl Up Arzoo
The mystifying menstrual cup. It is the one product we have all heard of and yet don’t see in advertisements or in stores. When it comes to menstrual products, this one leads the pack with the most curiosity and least clarity. Brought to you by a proud menstrual cup user (for over 3 years), here is demystifying the menstrual cup and debunking some myths.
#1: Menstrual Cups are painful/uncomfortable.
It is true that the learning process takes time (usually 2-3 cycles) and can be frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, it’s almost life-changing! If the cup is properly inserted, you shouldn’t even be able to feel it.
#2: Virgins can’t use menstrual cups.
You don’t have to be sexually active to use a menstrual cup. If you get the right size, any menstruator – young or old – can use a cup. It has nothing to do with your virginity or childbirth.
#3: One size fits all/ a small cup can’t handle my flow.
With menstrual cups, size matters and it depends on a variety of factors – age, cervix height, childbirth, the experience of incontinence, etc. A heavier flow doesn’t mean you need a bigger cup, but you might have to empty and reinsert the cup more often.
#4: Putting a silicone menstrual cup inside yourself is unsafe.
It is important to use a cup made of medical-grade silicone and maintain proper hygiene by sterilizing it between cycles. As long as you take proper care, it is perfectly safe to wear a cup for up to 12 hours.
#5: You can’t use the loo if you’re using a menstrual cup.
To pee and poop, you use different parts while the menstrual cup goes inside your vagina. You might have to tilt your body or it may take longer to pee in case of any pressure on the urethra or weaker pelvic muscles, but there is no need to remove your cup while using the washroom.
#6: You can’t exercise/sleep/swim while using a menstrual cup.
If your cup is properly inserted, it will form a seal at the base of your cervix. It will collect your blood and you will have no leakage to worry about.
#7: You must buy a new cup every cycle/year.
Depending on the brand, quality of silicone, and maintenance, a menstrual cup can last you for up to 10 years. Think of the money you’re saving and the waste you’re no longer producing!