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At Mme L’Ovary, our mission is to help you have a comfortable period while having a positive impact on the environment. That’s why we’ve put together this practical guide, which covers how to use and maintain a menstrual cup. If this guide leaves you feeling inspired, you can try out FleurCup menstrual cups for an easy, breezy, zero-waste period. FleurCup menstrual cup will allow you to enjoy this period more comfortably while being zero waste.
Saying hello to menstrual cups means saying goodbye to pads and tampons!Each cup is made of either silicone or latex, and is inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. Your vaginal muscles keep it in place, and it can be worn for up to 12 hours. However, we recommend emptying your cup every 4 to 6 hours depending on your flow in order to mitigate the risks associated with toxic shock.
Menstrual cups are a great alternative to tampons and pads,since their lifespan is significantly longer. You can reuse the same cup for years, contrary to other forms of protection that are tossed out after a single use! Plus, when it comes to tampons, cups pose a lower risk of irritation, vaginal infection, and toxic shock syndrome.
Since it prevents blood from coming into contact with the air, your cup won’t produce any odour. It’s also possible to urinate comfortably while your cup is in place.
For effective and proper use of the menstrual cup, wash your hands before and after handling the cup. When your menstrual cup is full, you will need to remove and empty it. Before reinserting it, you will need to wash it thoroughly.
Emptying the menstrual cup should be done at least 2 or 3 times a day. Between menstrual periods, it is necessary to boil the cup to sterilize it. Signs of deterioration such as sticky or powdered film, discolouration, or odours should also be monitored.
It can be tough to decide which menstrual cup size is right for you. Every woman is different, and there are a number of factors at play.
But don’t worry – we’re here to help!
1- Choose your cup based on your flow
The size of your menstrual cup depends on your menstrual flow. If your flow tends to be heavy, you will likely need a larger cup. The menstrual cup FleurCupcomes in two sizes:
- Small, for women with a light to medium flow
- Large, for women with a medium to heavy flow, and women who have given birth
2- Choose your cup based on whether you’ve given birth vaginally and your sexual experience
The birth canal becomes larger after delivering a baby. Women who have given birth vaginally can therefore choose a wider menstrual cup if necessary.
If you have never had sex, we advise you to choose the smallest size.
It’s important to choose a menstrual cup based on the strength of your vaginal muscles.. If you feel any discomfort, your cup may be too large, or you may have placed it too high up the vaginal canal. Lower your cup or choose a smaller size.
If your menstrual cup leaks or is difficult to remove, it may be too small. If it does not expand properly when inside the vagina, and if it causes pain or discomfort, it is probably too large.
There are a few different folding techniques you can try. It is possible, for example, to flatten the cup and fold it in half.
You can also try pressing your finger into one side of the funnel, creating a tulip shape with your cup. It will then unfold inside the vagina.
First, find a spot where you can relax. That might be a washroom, a bathtub, a shower or a bed. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and at ease.
To insert the menstrual cup, part your labia and gently insert the cup funnel-side up. Once you’ve found your vagina opening, insert the cup and rotate it a few times until you’ve found a comfortable position. Slowly release it so it can unfold.
If you have difficulty unfolding your menstrual cup, put it at the entrance of the vagina first. Then, help it unfold by sliding your fingers up to the rim to let air in, if required. You can then twist it in so it rests in a comfortable spot.
How to position a menstrual cup?
Cups sit lower than tampons do. It may move a little to position itself in the best place in relation to your body. To avoid leaks, it’s important for the cup to be located below or around the cervix.. The small stem of the cup should not protrude or reach just at the entrance of the vagina to avoid any discomfort.
Removing a menstrual cup
Menstrual cups produce a “seal” once they’re in place, so you should avoid pulling directly on the stem, which creates a suction effect. Instead, while squatting, begin to push using your pelvic muscles. The menstrual cup will gradually come down, and it will be easier to guide it out.
You will need to “unseal” the cup. There are 3 ways to do so:
- Pinch the bottom of the cup
- Gently pull the stem while wiggling it from one side to the other
- Insert a finger until you feel the cup’s rim, then create space between the cup and your vaginal wall.
When you’re at home, you’ll need to empty the cup and rinse it under running water after each use (2 to 3 times a day, minimum). You can wash it with any type of gentle soap.
If the sink is not next to the toilet, you can use a tissue or some toilet paper to dry the cup.
If you are not at home, try to find a single-room public restroom with both a toilet and sink. But sometimes there is none. – but don’t panic! Here are the steps to follow when there is no sink:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before entering the bathroom stall.
- Then, after emptying the cup in the toilet, take a paper towel or toilet paper and wipe the outer part of the cup. You should also make sure that the small holes along the edge are clean.
- When this is done, it is necessary to wipe the inner part. You can then put it back in.
- Clean the cup when you get home.
At the end of your cycle, we recommend disinfecting or sterilizing the cup. You’ll need to:
- Boil water in a pot
- Place the cup inside the boiling water, making sure the cup stays near the surface. You can use a spoon for this.
The cup should boil for at least 5 minutes, but no more than 10 minutes. Leave it to dry on a clean drying rack.
This will depend on the brand. Generally, cups last between 5 and 10 years,. so choosing a menstrual cup means significantly reducing your environmental impact and waste production.
Your period is already a very effective lubricant. However, you can also lubricate the vagina with a little water to help with insertion. There are also water-based lubricants available at the pharmacy.
You could also use a gentle oil, such as coconut oil. Use them sparingly, though, since they can damage the silicone.
You’ll have no problem swimming with a menstrual cup. As opposed to tampons, which fill up with water, cups don’t hold any water at all.
We do not recommend wearing our reusable menstrual cups during sex. Penetration can cause discomfort if you are wearing a cup, but there should be no issue for any other kind of sexual contact!
Remember that a cup is not a replacement for contraception and does not protect against STIs.
Menstrual cups do not protect against unwanted pregnancies. The best course of action is to ask your partner to wear a condom. You can also wear a female condom, or use another method of birth control.
Just like tampons, menstrual cups carry some risk of toxic shock syndrome. To avoid TSS, rinse your cup every 4 to 6 hours.
In some cases, menstrual cups can move an IUD, but many women use both without issue. If you have an IUD, talk to you doctor before using a menstrual cup.
It’s possible, but not ideal. You need to empty your cup every 4 to 6 hours. We suggest using external protection overnight, like Mme L’Ovary’s nighttime panties, for example. However, it is possible to wear it overnight if you have no other options.
If you want to use a cup while you sleep, insert it right before you go to bed and remove it as soon as you wake up. A menstrual cup cannot be worn for more than 12 consecutive hours.
In the weeks after you give birth, you will experience a type of bleeding called “lochia”. This bleeding can last for up to 6 weeks after delivery. During this time, nothing should be inserted into the vagina to avoid introducing bacteria that could travel up to the uterus.