Menstrual Cups have created quite a stir in the market since their launch. Menstrual Cups gained instant popularity amongst the young Indian women as the cups were a better option from the plastic made pads. The cups are a sustainable option and are eco-friendly. In fact, a menstrual cup is the most economical menstrual product so far, as it can be reused and lasts for 5 years.
The first-ever menstrual cup was patented in the year 1932, by the midwifery group of McGlasson and Perkin and was a bullet-shaped cup. Earlier menstrual cups were made up of rubber and latex. Later on, medical-grade silicone cups were introduced and were proven to be commercially successful due to its durability and hypoallergenic properties.
LW Chalmers patented First wearable Menstrual Cup on 11 July,1935.
Indeed, menstrual cups are a popular choice amongst the female audience these days. However, being popular is not enough being educated about the product thoroughly is what will serve the purpose.
From wearing the right size to how to keep the cup long-lasting, this blog will cover it all!
These cups are designed specially to suit a teenager's body. Girls who are below 18 years of age can use the extra small-sized menstrual cup. The length of the cup is 55mm and the diameter is 38mm. It can collect up to 16ml of blood.
These cups are designed for women who are above 18 years of age. Women who have never given birth or have given birth but via c-section can also use the small-sized cup. The length of the cup is 59mm and the diameter of the cup is 42mm. The small cup can collect up to 22ml of blood.
These cups are designed for women who have given birth vaginally. The length of the cup is 63mm and the diameter of the cup is 46mm. The large cup can collect up to 30ml of blood.
For example: if you have a short cervix and are above 18 years of age, then it is advised to use the extra small cup.
How to Re-use your Menstrual Cup and keep it long-lasting?
If you are using the cup for the first time, just sit back and relax! It’s super easy to insert. But before inserting do keep in mind to boil the cup in a deep pot so that it doesn’t come in contact with the utensil. You need to boil the cup for 20 mins before you use it for the first time.
In the middle of your periods, rinse the cup with cold water first and then with warm water. Make sure that you do not use any kind of soaps or liquids which could create a layer over the cup.
Also, keep a check on the air holes around the top are fully open.
Once you are done with your periods, disinfect your cup by boiling it again so that it is easy to use the next time.
If you feel that your cup is smelling or has some foul odour, you can keep it in sunlight for an hour or rub it with lemon as its citrusy smell can take over the unpleasant odour. If this doesn’t work, try dipping the cup in a water-vinegar solution made up of the same proportion for an hour. Once you are done with any of the above methods, do not forget to boil your cup for 20 minutes.
Once you have followed the above procedure, your Menstrual Cup will be free from any odour, oily residue and color, finally being clean and sterilized.