Myths about menstrual cups
Menstrual cups are connected at least to so many myths as the menstruation itself. Does the blood indeed flow back into the womb when the cup is full? Is it true that only women who have already given birth can use the larger cup? We put all the facts on the table and gathered together the most common myths and truths here.
MYTH: When the cup is full, the blood flows back into the uterus.
TRUTH: Wrong! The blood flows into the vagina and thus into the cup through the tiny hole in the cervix. It is not possible that the blood could flow back into the womb, not even when upside down. The muscles of the uterus push the menstrual blood also actively from the uterus.
MYTH: With endometriosis you cannot use the cup?
TRUTH: Wrong! Even women who suffer from endometriosis can use the cup!
MYTH: Virgins cannot use the cup.
TRUTH: Wrong! Even women who have not had sexual intercourse can use the cup. The vagina may occur ‘narrower’ with the virgins, and the hymen may still be present, but these facts do not prevent the use of the cup. At most, they can bring light challenges the first few times of inserting the cup.
MYTH: You can go to the toilet with the inserted cup for both pee and poo.
TRUTH: Right! With the inserted cup you can easily go to the bathroom if you only ensure that it is not out of place, for example during a bowel movement. Good hygiene is essential so that no foreign bacteria enter the vagina or cup. If you want to be sure of wearing comfort and hygiene remove the cup before going to the toilet and wash your hands and down around everything carefully before inserting the clean cup. You can empty the cup as often as you like.
MYTH: Cup size 1 is designed for young women and virgins and size 2 for women who have given birth.
TRUTH: Right and wrong! In general, the smaller menstrual cup is comfortable and better suited for young women and women who have not yet had sexual intercourse.
If the woman has had multiple vaginal deliveries, the cervix and the vagina can be "stretched". Then, the larger cup is more suitable. However, the most important thing in the choice of the cup size is your own need and feeling. In a case of heavy bleeding, the larger menstrual cup is more practical because it can accommodate 5 ml more than the small cup. Some women find that the larger cup sits firmly. When selecting the cup size, the amount of bleeding and convenience in use decide, not the number of births.
MYTH: Men do not know what is a menstrual cup. You cannot ask your father to give money for a menstrual cup, for example.
TRUTH: Wrong! Men don’t necessarily know as much of menstruation as women do. Of course, they have made a rare personal experience with it. Most men, however, know what menstruation is, why it exists and how to deal with it. The menstrual cup may be less well known than for example tampons, because, among other things, in the media the menstrual cup is not presented so often as other feminine hygiene products. If your father doesn't know what a menstrual cup is, tell him about the world of women. You can calmly ask your father to contribute financially to the purchase of the cap because there is no longer need for the monthly pad and tampon purchases. Your father will certainly be proud that you mention the subject in such a mature and open manner.
MYTH: The flushing water from the toilet can be used to wash the menstrual cup.
TRUTH: Wrong! Although the flushing water can be clean in itself, millions of bacteria live in the toilet seat. If there is no hand shower in the bathroom and you have no Lunette wipes on hand, you can wipe the cup with clean toilet paper. At festivals or on the road the Lunette wipes are very convenient because they are biodegradable and can be thrown into the compost.
MYTH: The menstrual cup can be washed with any soap. The main thing is that it is washed.
TRUTH: Wrong! If you wash the menstrual cup with unsuitable products, you can damage the cup and also your health. The pH of the soap should be at 3.5 to 5.5 because the vagina has a low pH. Too basic soap disturbs the natural acidity of the vagina. The pH of the commercial dishwashing detergents and detergents is, for example, 7-10, i.e., much higher than the value of the vagina. Also, all oily detergents are banned because they can attach themselves to the surface of the cup forming a film that gathers the smell and color of the menstrual flow in itself.
In addition, irritation of the mucous membranes of the vagina can be caused which may induce itching, burning and even inflammation. Over time, oils make the silicone material also brittle. The liquid soap of Lunette has been developed and tested in collaboration with experts to fit perfectly for cleaning the silicone cup. The components of the liquid wash the cup effectively but gently - and are not harmful to you. The vagina and actually the whole body are in a very sensitive state during the menstruation that increases the risk of inflammation.
MYTH: You don’t need to cook the menstrual cup with every emptying.
TRUTH: Right! The cup does not necessarily have to be disinfected by boiling but with the Lunette cleansing wipes, for example, the same result is reached. Cooking of the cup, however, is quite ok! Before the first use the cup should be cooked about 20 minutes, later 10 minutes are enough. Take care that the cup does not burn during cooking. Disinfectant for wounds is also suitable for disinfecting the cup. Attention! Under any circumstances do not use a hand sanitizer! A more thorough disinfecting of the cup should always be done before first use. Don’t forget good hand hygiene!
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