Cheers! You have joined the menstrual cup community. This is the beginning of a wonderful change in your life, not counting the benefits that the menstrual cup will bring to your sexual and intimate health. However, we know that every change brings its challenges. Don’t worry, we are here to help you and guide you in this new path you chose.
Since you started this journey, you may have thought, ‘My menstrual cup bothers me.’ We know that this is one of the most common challenges when using this product for the first time. It is important that you know that, although it is not a serious sign to have discomfort, you should not feel it every time. The main reason you may feel this is due to poor menstrual cup accommodation. For this reason, we will give you a series of recommendations to help you better insert your cup and stop feeling discomfort when using it:
- Establish a conscious relationship with your body: Remember that this is a process of self-knowledge, explore your body and know the different parts that make up your vagina. This will allow you to have a better understanding of where and how the menstrual cup is going.
- Familiarize yourself with the menstrual cup: Reading this article is the initial step, it is very important that you know all the characteristics of your cup and the types of folds you can make to insert it.
- Breathe: As you’ve probably heard by now, slow, mindful breathing helps relax muscles and oxygenate the body. This relieves stress and helps you better tolerate any discomfort you may feel. By doing this, you will help your vaginal canal to dilate, so you can insert the cup without discomfort while avoiding leaks. An interesting fact: the cervix is not static. It rises and falls throughout the cycle, remaining at its lowest point once menstruation begins. This is why accommodating the cup is easier during bleeding days, when the vaginal canal is shorter.
- Relax: Contrary to what you achieve with the previous recommendation, you will cause stress and tension in the muscles if you hold your breath or if you allow it to become very agitated. It is very important that you avoid stressing your body when inserting the menstrual cup. Keep in mind that during the period we feel more swollen due to the position of the cervix. Therefore, it’s normal that it takes a little work to insert the menstrual cup in while you get used to it. Here’s an important fact: the vaginal canal is not a bottomless hole, so you can rest easy, your cup will not get lost inside you.
- Help yourself with lubrication: It is recommended that, while you learn, you put on the menstrual cup while in the shower or that you use a water-based lubricant.
- Accommodate it correctly: Checking if the cup opens correctly once you insert it will help you avoid discomfort. For this, you must help the cup to make a void, which is achieved by pulling slightly once it is inside. You will know that the void has been achieved once the cup resists a bit when pulling. To get it out you must break the void. You can do this by slightly pushing the edge while inside the vaginal canal or by spinning it a few times.
Follow these recommendations and you will notice that you won’t be bothered no more by using the menstrual cup. Finally, remember to be patient and comprehensive with yourself. As we mentioned before, this is a process of change that requires a connection with your body. You can also watch some of our videos on how to use the Beppy Cup easily and take advantage of its benefits. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out all the news and obtain much more information that will be very useful in your day to day.