What is a menstrual cup?

 A menstrual cup is a menstrual hygiene device which is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to collect menstrual fluid (blood from the uterine lining mixed with other fluids). Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone.They have actually been around since the 1930s, but America was slow to catch on. The first menstrual cup for U.S. use was manufactured in 1987. Since then, there have been several others produced, manufactured from different substances ranging from rubber to silicone. They are shaped like a bell with a stem or a ring. The stem is used for insertion and removal, and the bell-shaped cup seals against the vaginal wall just below the cervix and collects menstrual fluid. This is unlike tampons and menstrual pads, which absorb the fluid instead. Every 4–12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. After each period, the cup requires cleaning.One cup may be reusable for up to 10 years,.making their long-term cost lower than that of disposable tampons or pads, though the initial cost is higher. As menstrual cups are reusable, they generate less solid waste than tampons and pads, both from the products themselves and from their packaging. Our menstrual cup brands sell a smaller and a larger size. Some menstrual cups are sold colorless and translucent, but several brands also offer colored cups. Menstrual cups typically do not leak if used properly, though incorrect placement or inadequate cup size can cause some women to experience leakage. Menstrual cups are a safe alternative to other menstrual products; risk of toxic shock syndrome infection is similar or less with menstrual cups compared to pads or tampons.

There are many  advantages of using menstrual cups  !

1 .Keep cool and safe.
2. Comfortable, clean and easy to use.
3. Food & medical grade silicone, no BPA or latex.
4. Reusable, eco-friendly and economical.
5. Leak-free protection for up to 10 hours at a time.
6. Long-term use can reduce the risk of gynecological inflammation.
7. Worry-free when travelling, swimming or exercising during menstrual period.

How much does it cost?

Menstrual cups are more cost-effective than tampons and pads. You can pay, on average, $20 to $40 for a cup and not have to purchase another one for at least six months. Tampons and pads can cost an average of $50 to $150 a year, depending on how long and heavy your period is and how often you have your period. Like tampons and pads, menstrual cups aren’t covered by insurance plans or Medicaid, so using a cup would be an out-of-pocket expense.

How To Insert A Menstrual Cup?

  • Wash hands. Check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open. Wash your hands. Wash your menstrual cup with Cup Cleanser and rinse it carefully.
  • Fold + Hold. Get comfy: you can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. Spreading your legs will help with a successful and comfortable insertion. Relax.Fold the cup in on itself to make flat, then in half to form a C shape.
  • Insert. Keep it rolled up and guide it rim first into the vagina. To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up to the cup bottom and feel it – it should be round. The cup can be used any time in your menstrual cycle, from heavy to light flow days.
  • .Wear + learn. The cup is emptied about 2–4 times a day, can be used for up to 12 hours, also overnight. The measuring lines on the cup help monitor your flow and easily learn your rhythm.
  • .Remove + empty. Wash your hands and relax your muscles. Grasp the bottom of the cup. To break seal, squeeze the bottom of the cup. Be sure not to pull it out by holding the stem alone. Tip contents into the toilet. Rinse & Reuse.
  • Clean + sanitize. The cup should be cleaned before and after your cycle, and after emptying. To avoid odor and discoloration, rinse first in cold water, and then wash with hot water and the Cup Cleanser designed for silicone cups.

How to remove a menstrual cup?

  • Wash your hands.
  • Pinch the base and remove the cup. Using your thumb and index finger, reach into your vagina and pinch the cup. You’ll break the seal and make it easier to remove Pull down gently to remove.
  • Empty cup. Once the cup has been removed, you want to empty it into your toilet.
  • Rinse cup. Wash the cup with clean water and a mild, fragrance-free soap.
  • You can use a cup all the way through your cycle, but you might need to change it more often on heavy flow days to guard against leaking. To do this, just remove and rinse your cup after 12 hours, or when leaking occurs,

How to choose the right one  for you?

The smaller version is best for those with a light or medium flow or those younger than 30 years old. The larger version works for those with a medium or heavy flow, are older than 30 or have had a baby.  Sankingland  brand  is one of the longest menstrual cups, which works especially well if your cervix is high. Like most other cups, they are made of both food-grade  and medical-grade silicone.