Read this blog to learn about myths around menstrual cups.. most common question asked is “Will the cup get lost inside me?”
Of course, you can pee or poo with the cup inside. If you look at this diagram of the female reproductive system, you will see that we bleed from the vagina and that is where we insert the cup to collect the blood. While we pee from the urethra, we do not need to remove the cup to pee. Some women complain that their cup slides out while they poo, maybe they are not wearing the right cup for their body type. If this happens, try a different cup. A bigger or firmer cup may help.
Myth 2. Blood Will Flow Back in the Uterus While Sleeping or in Inverted Positions
No, the uterus pushes the blood outside the body through the cervix and vagina. Your cervix, shaped like a donut, has a very tiny hole that does not allow the blood to flow back into the uterus.
No, the cup will never get lost inside your body. If you feel yourself internally with your finger you will realize that there is no room for your cup to get lost. A tiny hole in the cervix will never let the cup move inside. Yes, it can move a little deeper within the vagina and you can bring it down with the help of 3-4 pushes with your vaginal muscles like you are pushing a baby.
Myth 4. You Can Lose Your Virginity by Using the Cup
You only lose your virginity when you have sexual intercourse. The vagina may be tighter for virgins and hymen may still be intact which may make it a little difficult to insert the cup in the beginning. Using the cup, it can stretch or break the hymen, but that can happen as a result of numerous other activities as well, such as horse riding or yoga.
Myth 5. You Need Bigger Cup After the Age of 30 or Post Delivery
Not necessarily. Usually, younger girls/virgins tend to have narrower vaginas as compared to women who have given birth naturally and hence need cups with smaller diameters. However, the size of the menstrual cup required depends on your age, natural births given, flow, body built and fitness level.
Myth 6. You Don’t Need to Sterilise Menstrual Cups After Each Use
Sure you do, if you don’t plan to catch infections. The best and safest way to disinfect your cup is by boiling it over the stove for 8-10 minutes before and after each period. If you don’t have access to the stove, it’s ok to use the microwave or electric kettle once in a while. But don’t make these a habit. You can also use sterilizing tablets.
Myth 7. You Can Use Vaginal Wash to Clean the Cup.
Not all vaginal washes can be used to clean the cup. Please check the ingredients of the soap/wash that you use. As the vagina has low a pH value, the pH value of the soap should be 3.5 to 5.5. Oily cleansers should also be avoided as they can attach themselves to the cup forming a film around it that collects the smell and color of menstrual flow. Now you know why your cup started to smell bad.
One size cup can fit most women but not everyone. Each one of us is different externally as well as internally. Based on our lifestyle, the width of the vaginal walls are different for different women. If you have narrow walls, you should use cups with smaller diameters and larger diameters cups for wider vaginas. Another important factor to consider is the cervix length. You should select a cup length in a way that the cup does not form a seal on the cervix, but with the vaginal walls as it can cause cramps in the lower abdomen.