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If you’re not happy with using pads or tampons during your period anymore, it may be worth trying out a menstrual cup.

What is a menstrual cup?

Also known as a moon cup, a menstrual cup is a small cup-shaped feminine hygiene product that is inserted into your vagina to catch the blood when you have your period. It can be left in for up to 10 hours depending on period flow. After taking the cup out, the menstrual blood that has collected inside is emptied into a toilet or sink, the cup is then rinsed and reinserted.
It’s worth considering the pros and cons of using a cup before you invest it one:

Pros

  • Can be left in for up to 10 hours (also while sleeping)
  • Don’t have to buy or carry tampons/pads (making it cheaper in the long run)
  • Better for the environment
  • Helps you to become more familiar with your body

Cons

  • Initially, they can be difficult to insert
  • Can be difficult to remove and clean
  • Some people might find it a bit messy (but then again, it’s only your own body)

How do you insert a menstrual cup?

You will need to crouch down or lift your leg so you’ve got space to insert it. Then the cup needs to be folded a couple of times (there are some helpful diagrams out there if you search for ‘menstrual cup folds’) and slip it in. It might feel impossible the first couple of times but it’ll get easier. Just like with tampons, it takes practice.

Menstrual cup myths

There are still a lot of false myths surrounding menstrual cups which shouldn’t stop you from giving them a go. A menstrual cup can’t get lost in your vagina, you can still go to the toilet when you have it in and you can still use a cup if you’re a virgin.

If you want to know more you can ring the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s 100% confidential.