Using a menstrual cup for the first time can be intimidating. When I started using Menstrual Cup, I had made mistakes making me anxious every time I had to use it and whenever I had to empty it. There are many different factors to consider when using a menstrual cup: what dup to use, the folds to use, insertion techniques, and cleaning methods to consider, and it can take some practice to get it right. But even after you’ve been using a menstrual cup for a while, you may still make some common mistakes. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most common mistakes to avoid when using a menstrual cup, so you can have a comfortable and leak-free period.
Choosing the wrong size
One of the most common mistakes that people make when using a menstrual cup is choosing the wrong size. Menstrual cups come in different sizes, based on factors such as age, flow, and childbirth history. If you choose a cup that is too small, it may not provide enough protection, and if you choose a cup that is too large, it may be uncomfortable to wear. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s sizing guidelines carefully before making a purchase.
Inserting the cup too shallow or too deep
Another common mistake is inserting the cup too shallow or too deep. If the cup is inserted too shallow, it may not open fully, which can cause leaks. If the cup is inserted too deep, it can be difficult to remove, and may cause discomfort or even pain. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for insertion, and experiment with different folds until you find one that works for you.
Not breaking the seal before removal
When it’s time to remove your menstrual cup, it’s important to break the seal first. If you try to remove the cup without breaking the seal, it can be very uncomfortable and may even cause injury. To break the seal, gently squeeze the base of the cup to release the suction, and then gently pull the cup out.
Not emptying the cup frequently enough
Menstrual cups can hold more blood than tampons or pads, but that doesn’t mean you can go all day without emptying the cup. It’s important to empty your cup at least every 8-12 hours, or more frequently if you have a heavy flow. If you leave the cup in for too long, it can cause leaks and odors, and can even increase the risk of infection.
Not cleaning the cup properly
Cleaning your menstrual cup is important for maintaining its hygiene and preventing infection. Be sure to wash the cup thoroughly with soap and water before and after each use, and boil it for a few minutes at the end of each cycle to sterilize it. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the cup and cause irritation.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can have a comfortable and leak-free period with your menstrual cup. Remember, it may take some practice to get the hang of it, but with time and patience, you can become a pro.