The menstrual cup: everything you should know

Unlike tampons, which are also to be used internally, the menstrual cup does not absorb blood, but collects it. In the following lines we talk about this hygienic device,

The menstrual cup is an eco-friendly alternative to using tampons and sanitary pads . You can keep it up to 12 hours without worrying about anything. More and more women are opting for the menstrual cup, as they seek maximum comfort during the days of menstruation.

What is the menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup is a medical silicone container that fits inside the vagiena, and fits the vagienal walls. It is positioned similar to a tampon during menstruation .

Unlike tampons, which are also to be used internally, the menstrual cup does not absorb blood, but collects it. 

The menstrual flow is collected inside the cup, which can be worn for up to 12 hours without having to worry about emptying it. If you decide to use it, you will get rid of odors, leaks and worries. Some cups available on the market include an applicator to facilitate insertion.

Are there different sizes of menstrual cups?

Most of the brands on the market offer two sizes or sizes.

Small menstrual cup

It is suitable for women under the age of 25 who have not given birth by vagienal delivery . This size is also suitable for those who practice low impact sports, such as yoga or pilates.

Large menstrual cup

The large size is suitable for women over the age of 25 or who have had vagienal deliveries regardless of age. It is also suitable for very abundant menstrual flows or for those with a robust constitution.

If you regularly play sports such as track and field, volleyball or other sports where you repeatedly jump like paddle, tennis or aerobics, the large size is the most suitable for you. In these cases, the large size is recommended because these are sports activities that tend to weaken the pelvic floor.

How to keep the menstrual cup in good condition?

The menstrual cup needs specific care so that it lasts longer and in good condition, but for it to remain a safe element to insert inside the body.

1. How to store it

At the time of purchase, many menstrual cups also include a cotton bag in which to store them. Cotton is a material that can come into contact with the menstrual cup, as it allows adequate transpiration.

However, you should keep it in a cool, dry place with a mild temperature. This way, you will keep the material in perfect condition. When your period is over, you can sterilize it and keep it in the cotton bag (or its container), until the following month.

2. Use

When you use it for the first time, it may not be easy to put it on and take it off correctly, but it is only a matter of time and practice.

You need to be relaxed, fold the cup with your fingers and then insert it. In this way, the cup will open in the back area and collect the menstrual flow.

To remove it, just pull it out with your fingers. If you experience vagienal dryness , inserting or removing the cup may be annoying. However, this problem can be solved by using vagienal lubricant as often as needed.

3. How to clean it

To remove it, grasp the end and pull it until it protrudes far enough to be able to extract it without spilling its contents. You can then empty the contents into the toilet and clean the cup with water or a washcloth and insert it back into the vagiena.

What are the benefits?

The use of the cup offers several advantages, such as the fact that it does not alter the vagienal pH . Furthermore, it is comfortable as it can be worn for up to 12 hours. It may seem expensive, but the investment pays back in a few months and can last up to 10 years.

There is no risk of infections, as medical silicone is inert, meaning that germs do not accumulate inside. Another advantage is that it respects the environment, is ecological and its use generates less waste than many other alternatives.


The menstrual cup is comfortable, safe, ecological, modern and reusable for up to 10 years if properly stored. It is a good alternative to traditional options.

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