Hey, guys! It’s been so long since I’ve written anything on my blog. I remember thinking that I would be consistent in writing, but since I’ve got tons of other things that I had to do, like writing other people’s content and going through my internship and whatnot, it was really hard for me to think of new topics for my personal content. But I didn’t have anything informative or educative for you anyways, so I guess it’s better to pause (for a long time, sorry) and write something that’s beneficial rather than give you consistent content and not give out quality. And I think this topic is interesting and very informative.
I noticed that women often choose the traditional menstrual pads, especially women in Indonesia. Maybe some of you have switched to tampons. I know both are very common among us, but I have been doing a lot of research lately and I found a better alternative for you to go through your period without hassle, especially leaking. Let me introduce you to this foreign thing called a “menstrual cup”.
A menstrual cup is a small cup made up of rubber or latex. If you’re latex-sensitive, I recommend you buy a menstrual cup that is 100% rubber so that you won’t feel any discomfort or have an allergic reaction inside your vagina. A menstrual cup is a huge game-changer for all of us women because first of all, you will save a lot of money and throwing out less waste. Why? You can reuse a menstrual cup!
Sounds terrifying? Don’t worry, I’ll get you through it. Here are a couple of pictures I can show you to ease your worry about this new thing.
Here’s what it looks like! You can choose the size depending on your menstrual flow. If you are having heavy flow, you can choose a larger size, or if you have a lighter flow, you can choose a smaller size. This one is from OrganiCup. I hear very good things about this one, since it’s organic and eco-friendly. It is FDA-certified, BPA-free and it’s made of 100% medical-grade silicone. In summary, it is without all the hazardous chemicals. You might be shocked on how much this cost, but believe me, you will save up so much considering you won’t have to keep buying pads or tampons every month or two. Just wash this up and you’re good to go for years, not hours.
There are a few folds that you can do to make insertion to your vagina easier. The most popular folds are the C-fold (the one in the photo) and the Punch-down fold, which is most commonly used for easier insertion. Now, it might take a while for you to get it right, since it’s very new and foreign for all of us, but take the time to learn. Practice makes perfect. Just be patient with it. Don’t rush, and especially, don’t squirm. You need to relax your muscles to make insertion much easier. Panicking won’t do you any good. Just take deep breaths and put it inside your vagina slowly. Find what fold works best for you. There are quite a lot of people out there who have uploaded videos on types of folds for menstrual cups. Go ahead and do your research.
Easy Steps to Insert Menstrual Cup
- Sterilize – If you had just recently bought it, remember to put the menstrual cup inside a boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Fill up the pan enough to let the menstrual cup float, so that it won’t burn on the surface of the pan. Once you have sterilized the menstrual cup, remove it from the boiling water and put inside a clean mug. Let it cool off. Do not insert while it’s still hot.
- Fold up and insert – Either use the C-fold or the Punch-down fold method, insert the cup into your vagina slowly. It might feel a bit weird or uncomfortable, but you’ll get used to it.
- Check – Once it’s inside, squeeze the lower part of the cup that’s close to your labia and roll the cup around to make sure that the cup is securely in place and the upper part of it is opened. If you are not sure that it is, keep rolling it around circular motion and squeezing the lower part of the cup. After that, try tugging it out, holding the end tip. If it’s unmoved, then you’re good to go. The upper part of the cup should function as a vacuum, so it is supposed to be stuck inside. Remember to have the entire cup inside to avoid leakage.
- Removal – Remove the menstrual cup from your vagina after 12 hours of usage or if leakage occurs (that means you inserted it wrong). Punch down the upper part of the cup, careful not to let the blood spill inside your vagina, and drag it down slowly.
- Empty, wash, and reinsert – Pour out all of your menstrual blood out of the cup inside the toilet and wash it off with water and soap. Once that’s done, you can dry it out with toilet paper and reinsert it into your vagina.
There you have it! Remember to take your time to practice using menstrual cups. It might be a bit uncomfortable at first, but once you get the hang of it and you insert it correctly, you won’t even feel a thing. Avoid the anxiety of having to think you’re leaking. You don’t have to check the clock every now and then to change, because you have literally 12 hours to use it. Also, if you think that this is something we shouldn’t be talking about, then honey, I feel sorry for you. Menstruation is a part of us. As “disgusting” as it is to the eyes of society, it is inside our bodies and it goes out regularly. We should be celebrating it that we’re not pregnant. Oh, and don’t worry! You’re still a virgin even if you use this.