A menstrual cup is a small cup, usually made from medical grade silicone that we insert into our vagina to collect our menstrual blood. The way to use it is to fold the cup and insert it. Once it is in, it creates a seal with our vaginal walls and therefore it doesn’t leak. Once we feel that we need to remove it, we squeeze the bottom part of the cup and release the suction. We empty the blood, rinse the cup and put it back. Once your period is over, you sterilize it and store it until your next period.
Unlike tampons, it doesn’t absorb the blood and therefore does not change our vaginal environment, the PH and microbiome that has to be there to protect us. Using a menstrual cup is much healthier for our body as it doesn’t leave fibres behind like tampons which are a great place for bacteria to grow. Menstrual cups do not contain toxic chemicals and are much better for the environment as one menstrual cup lasts up to 10 years and you only need one.
There are many cups on the market and this is where I would also like to let you know that I only work with reputable, high-quality brands and cups. I do not stock cups where the place of manufacture is unknown or questionable. I do not work with brands that haven’t checked the safely of their cups and their ethics.
What should I know before I buy a menstrual cup?
The very first thing is to check the height of your cervix. This is essential for people who have given birth and/or people that are 34 years of age. People that are younger AND haven’t given birth don’t need to check this as the cups are smaller.
Our cervix, under the influence of our sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, moves throughout our cycle and is at its lowest point on the first days of our period. That is very important information as it determines how much space we have in our vagina for a menstrual cup. If you need guidance on how to check the height of your cervix, you can read this information: http://bit.ly/2J8fekb.
If you find out that your cervix is less than 50 mm or 5 cm, the Merula is your best bet.
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