Everything You Need To Know About Menstrual Cups

We can all relate to how annoying and troublesome periods are. Not only do we have to suffer from menstrual cramps and possile leakage, but we also have to bear the cost of purchasing sanitary products every month.

There are times when we feel absolutely unfair having to spend so much money on sanitary products and wish there’s a third option that can help us save some bucks. Turns out, there is.

The menstrual cup was invented in the early 1930s, but it was only in recent years that women around the world are opting for it. Just like the name implies, it’s a flexible cup that’s inserted into the vagina to collect the menstrual flow. A single menstrual cup is reusable for many years which not only save you lots of money in the long term but is good for the environment as well.

How is menstrual cup better than pads and tampons?

With tampons, you’ll always have to remember to remove it before the eight-hour mark is up to avoid the risk of toxic shock syndrome. As for pads, there is always the ever-present risk of a horrible leak. If worn correctly, menstrual cup is so much more comfortable and leak-proof, making it very convenient compared to pads and tampons. It can also be worn for up to 12 hours with a lower risk of toxic shock syndrome as long as you wash the cup well. Menstrual cups are also made of medical-grade silicon, so there’s no risk of your body absorbing anything toxic residue that may come with a cheaper tampon with sketchy cotton and manufacturing processes.

How to use a menstrual cup?

It may be a struggle to learn how to insert a menstrual cup since it’s not as straightforward as inserting a tampon, but it’s definitely not rocket science. There are numerous folding techniques you can use to make insertion easier, but it’s all up to every individual to test each folding to find the best fit. Once fitted inside, the cup will pop open and create a light suction which prevents any leaks. Most women wouldn’t even feel anything while wearing it, thanks to the flexible silicone that warms up to match your body heat.

Can a menstrual cup get lost in the vagina?

The average length of a vaginal canal is only three to four inches long, making it unlikely for things to get permanently lost in it. If you’re having trouble removing the cup, be sure to stay calm and relax your muscles. Try to find the stem and get a good grip of it. Simply push the side of the cup away from the vaginal wall with a finger to break the suction before removing the cup. Always remember that menstrual cups work similarly to the suction mechanism.

Is it safe to use overnight?

If you’re always having sleepless nights during your menstrual cycle in fear that you’ll leak, menstrual cup is a great option to explore. Not only can you keep it in overnight, but you can also wear it during exercise and swimming. It’s just like you’re not on your period at all! Just remember that it can only be worn up to 12 hours, at which point you’ll have to remove it and wash with some mild, fragrance-free soap before re-inserting it again.

Is it an expensive investment?

According to Star2, the average woman spends between RM195 to RM585 per year on sanitary products. The price of a menstrual cup may sound a bit steep with an average price tag of RM120, but they can typically last for up to 10 years! It certainly is a significant financial saving in the long run.

Where can I buy menstrual cups?

Sourcing for a menstrual cup in Malaysia can be a tough mission as no local pharmacy sells them, but it’s not mission impossible! Malaysia-based store The Hive sells Freedom Cups at an affordable price of RM100, and you can also purchase your preferred brand such as Lena, Intimina and Lunette from LiveLoveLuna based in Singapore.

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