Surely you have asked yourself, how big is a menstrual cup? If you are a new user of the menstrual cup, you may feel a bit intimidated by its shape and size. Do not worry! Here we will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel calm and confident using the cup during your period.
One of the most recurring questions is usually the size of the menstrual cup, since compared to a tampon, it is much larger and wider. Of course, there is an important difference, but you should know that the menstrual cup has a series of characteristics that will provide greater comfort and safety on the days of your period. On the one hand, it is important that you know that the vaginal canal can be dilated much more than the thickness of the menstrual cup without losing its shape, tearing or being affected. In addition, the vaginal muscles have the ability to adapt to the shape of the cup and return to their usual state when you remove it. Just as happens with vaginal delivery, the vagina adapts and dilates without damage, which allows you to insert the cup without fear. It is also worth remembering that these types of exercises (the ones that the vaginal walls do when hugging and maintaining a suspended body) strengthen the pelvic floor, helping your sexual health and helping you to have an old age without incontinence.
On the other hand, the menstrual cup is made of a flexible and comfortable material (medical-grade silicone) that adapts to the walls of your vagina without hurting it or generating a strange sensation. It even adapts so well that you won’t feel it inside, so you can do all the activities of your daily life without worrying: exercise, swim, walk and even have sex. It is recommended that while you adjust to it, you put the menstrual cup in the shower or use a water-based lubricant to replace the flow and improve insertion. These are all practices that will help your menstrual health and help you feel comfortable at all times. It is important to always check that the cup has opened correctly once you insert it. For this, you must help the cup to create a vacuum, which is achieved by pulling slightly once it is inside. To make sure that the process has been successful, you should only have to pull a little and feel a slight resistance.
Finally, remember that each woman is different, which means that the times and processes are also different. Keep in mind that not only women who have had sexual intercourse can use the menstrual cup, but it is a method of feminine hygiene suitable for women of almost any age. If you feel more comfortable, you can choose between one of the two average sizes that exist, which are usually S and M/L. These vary in flow retention capacity and dimensions.