And opt for a menstrual cup instead. Not a lot of women are crazy about using a sanitary pad during their periods, and the reasons vary. Some say it is because of the rashes while others say that changing the pad frequently is another task in its own. Now if you are avoiding sanitary pads for another reason, in turn making the eco-friendly switch – it becomes a different story altogether.
Even though it is hard to forget that you’re on your period, what if we told you we could make you forget about the hassles associated with sanitary products you use. This is where menstrual cups come into play. They are the modern-day solution to a carefree period (pun intended) because unlike using pads and tampons, cups do not absorb blood, they collect it.
We have discussed before in detail what a menstrual cup is and what advantages it has over other sanitary products. You can read the blog Menstrual Cups – Need of the Hour if you want to know about the pros and cons of using menstrual cups.
Those of you who feel it would be awkward inserting something into our vagina, it probably is true. I won’t lie about it, especially the first few times. But the comfort you get from using a cup is going to be worth all the awkwardness. Also when it comes to proper insertion of the menstrual cup, chances are you will be struggling with the process, especially if the first time you try to insert the cup is during your periods. Not to forget, all the mess you might create because of your already bleeding vagina. To make sure you don’t end up in a scenario like this, practice inserting the menstrual cup any time before your period. Whether you do it in the shower or when you are on the toilet, it depends on your comfort level.
Now, if you are worried about leaking then you have nothing to worry about. However, should you face this problem, you may have chosen the wrong type or size of cup. Most menstrual cups can usually hold an ounce of fluid, which is almost twice the amount a tampon or a pad can hold. This is why many ob-gyns advise women to go for them. Since they hold that much fluid, you have to change them every 7-9 hours. You can even wear them overnight without having to worry about having to change the cup in the middle of the night.
When it comes to cleaning the cup, it is a quite simple process. All you need to do is empty it when you feel it is time and then wash it once you’re done. Some women with heavy periods will have to empty their cup more frequently. There may be questions as to whether you can pee without having to remove the cup, to which I would like to say that peeing with a menstrual cup still in is easy— the cup does not interfere with urination.