Back then when it rained, my mum used to be very hard on me. She always wanted rainwater to be collected. Anytime she found that it rained and no water collected, she beat the hell out of me. Collecting water when it rains got to me that even now when it rains while in my bedsitter I always remind myself to collect water, but then I remember I am not at home anymore. What menstruation cups do is collect blood from your vagina. Whenever you fail to collect it, it leaks and messes your clothes. They are meant for older women with broken hymens, not for virgins. This is because it is placed either a few inches from the cervix or down near the vagina opening but not protruding outside.
The same way we have different pad thickness- we have the maxi and thin ultra pads? We have different sizes of menstrual cups. Depending on your age, the length of your cervix, the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, cup capacity, if you have given birth vaginally, firmness and flexibility of the cup, and whether or not you have a heavy flow, a doctor can help you decide what kind of tampons to use. While inserting it in, make sure you lubricate the cup with water for a smooth process.
You have to be very conscious while it’s inside because it can get full and that means you need to change it when it’s full. The good thing with it is that compared to pads it can sit inside for a period of 6-12 hours a day before it’s full. Having the cup inside your vagina and making sure it’s in the correct position must be a hustle. I think like every other thing you get used to it. A well inserted menstrual cup should allow you to do the activities of the day for example jumping, running and doing house chores. The vagina is very delicate and it’s easily infected. Washing your hands and keeping good hygiene while removing and placing the cup is key. Besides, reusable pads are the most recommended ways to eradicate period poverty but, honestly, most young girls who live in places affected by water shortage might not benefit so much from the cups because of hygiene measures. Or what do you think ladies? Can menstruation cups be an option for young girls living in areas with persistent water shortages? The cups stay for longer hours but can they be recommended for teenagers in such places?
Personally, I have never used a menstruation cup, but it sounds exciting and at the same time scary to use. One day I will try it out.
Read more about menstrual cups from here.