🌷 What is a menstrual cup?
One of the most frequently asked questions is: what exactly is a menstrual cup? We are happy to explain this in this blog.
The menstrual cup is a small tub made of soft silicone or rubber, which is very pliable. At the bottom is often a stalk or ball. It is a product for female intimate hygiene and is used to collect menstrual blood. Unlike other products such as pads or tampons, a menstrual cup is reusable. Instead of absorbing blood, a menstrual cup captures the blood. Once the cup is full, you can empty it, rinse it and reinsert it. Thus, it is an excellent alternative to traditional means.
🤔 What should I pay attention to when choosing a menstrual cup?
Because every vagina is different, it's not a "one size fits all".
You choose a cup based on its material, diameter, length and firmness. In addition, each brand of cup has its own shape.
A menstrual cup can be made of rubber, thermoplastic elastomer or silicone. With silicone, it is important that it is the medical variety with the appropriate labels. For example, the Bamboozy menstrual cup has FDA, CE, RoHS, SGS labels and is free of BPA, lead, chemicals, and plastics. So when purchasing a cup, it is important to check this.
What diameter or size you need, you will have to estimate. It is more common for women who have already given birth to need a wider cup. A wider cup has more volume, but if it does not fit properly, it is more likely to leak. To properly measure your own size, please refer to this video:
Longer cups have more volume, but whether it fits depends on the distance between the cervix and the vulva. Also, the length may vary before and during your period. Measure the depth of your cervix on the first day of your period, as this is when your cervix is at its lowest.
If your index finger comes to the first knuckle you have a low cervix.
Up to second knuckle you have an average position of your cervix.
At two knuckles and above you have a high lying cervix.
Finally, there are also cups where you can cut/shorten the stem, should it irritate or stick out.
If you have strong pelvic floor muscles you are likely to flatten a less firm cup, preventing it from unfolding properly. On the other hand, a firm cup is not comfortable if your vagina is very sensitive.
The Bamboozy menstrual cup is available in size S, M and L.
Menstrual cup sizes
Which cup and cup size is most suitable for you is very personal. If you have any questions about this, please send us a message.
Are you done with tampons and pads and ready to switch to menstrual cups or menstrual underwear? Then check out our full collection here. For questions about the size, layers or function of the cups or underwear, please drop us a line. We'll be happy to help!
Read more: 🍷 6 Reasons Why You Should Use Menstrual Cups