I have just started my periods, can I use a Menstrual cup?

Yes, is it perfectly safe to use Menstrual cup from your very first period although teenagers may find it easier to insert the cup using some water-based lubricant to begin with.

 

How do I know when to empty the Menstrual cup?

There is no hard and fast rule here except that it must be emptied every 12 hours minimum. By monitoring the fullness of the cup when you first begin using it you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your flow. Usually, you will find that you only need to empty it once in the morning and then again in the evening, this depends on your flow on different days of your period and it can be emptied as often as you feel comfortable with.

Am I still a virgin if I wear a tampon?

Yes, as long as you haven’t had sex, you are still a virgin. Some girls worry that if they use tampons, they will no longer be virgins. The truth is, a virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse. So why do people ask this question so often? Girls who are virgins usually have a hymen, a very thin piece of skin-like tissue that partly covers the opening of the vagina. The first time a girl has sex the hymen stretches and may tear and bleed a little. That is why people say the hymen is “broken”.

Can I swim and play sports when I'm using Menstrual cup?

Menstrual cup is brilliant for an active lifestyle and can be used while swimming, cycling, running, camping and traveling, along with all outdoor pursuits and sports. There are no bulky spares to pack and you cannot run out of supplies. Since Menstrual cup can be left in for longer than tampons you can enjoy your whole day and forget about your period completely, so long as you remember the 12 hour rule.

How do I know that my Menstrual cup is in the right position and is fully open?

Some women find that their cup is easy to insert but does not always open up once it is inside them. This is a simple issue to resolve; simply grasp the base of the cup and gently rotate the cup, this will make it open up and the seal will form. The base of the cup should be easy to reach, it sits just inside you much lower than a tampon and the stem should be outside your body, you will need to trim this to a length that is comfortable for you; some women even remove it altogether.

I have very heavy periods, is Menstrual cup suitable for me?

Menstrual cup is great for heavy period sufferers, it holds three times the amount that one tampon or pad can absorb so you can go longer between emptying. You can even measure your flow and some women find that cramps are eased when using Menstrual cup.