A month ago, I made a vlog about How to Use a Menstrual Cup and My First Time Experience using it. After posting that video, I received a lot of questions about the cup (as expected), so here are some answers to the questions I got:
1. Can you pee/poop while you’re using the cup?
OF COURSE YOU CAN! Perhaps you don’t know, your pee hole and period hole are actually different, which also means you have three holes down there – one for peeing (urethra), one for period/baby making/giving birth (vagina), one for pooping (anus). You’ll be inserting the menstrual cup into your vagina, which will not affect you from peeing and pooping.
2. Can a virgin use it? Will you be “de-virginized” after using a menstrual cup?
No darling, don’t worry. Contrary to popular belief, your hymen does not represent your virginity. Women can have different kinds of hymen, or not have a hymen at all. Some people may also tear/break their hymen before they even have sex for the first time. Now, as hymen is a thin membrane covering the entrance of the vagina, both menstrual cup or tampon may tear your hymen, but it may also happen during really vigorous exercise!
3. Does it hurt? Don’t you feel it while it’s in there?!
It’s not painful, but I’d say it feels slightly uncomfortable because you’re not used to stretching your vagina when you’re not aroused. Once the cup is inside, you will not feel the cup at all because the silicone will stretch and mold according to the shape of your vagina. When removing it, I’ve learned a technique from my favourite YouTube menstrual cup guru to prevent the cup from hurting my vajayjay.
4. Isn’t it dirty and messy? And like, gross to touch your own period?
Surprisingly not. In fact, it’s even more hygienic when you use the cup! As the cup seals your vagina, no blood will flow outside of the cup. It may leak a little, but really, it’s just blood and mucous that your body produces, you’ll get used to it. Once it’s out of your vagina when you’re removing it, the blood will be poured directly into the toilet bowl, so it doesn’t get messy at all!
5. How often do you change it?
Depending on which day of the period it is. On the first 2-3 days when my flow is heavier, I would change it twice per day – once in the morning after I wake up, once in the evening after work. On the last few days when the flow is lighter, I just change it once a day.
6. How often do you have to clean the cup and what goes into a daily cleaning practice?
As mentioned in my video, I sanitize the cup before and after my period by boiling it in hot water. As for every day during my period days, I wash the cup with a mild bathing soap every time I take it out. I never had to remove my cup while I was out in public toilet, but if I do, I guess I’ll wipe it off with a toilet paper and rinse it at the tap?
7. How much is it? Is it worth it?
I got my Diva Cup at London Drugs in Canada for CAD$39.99. The price range is similar across different brands, which is around $30USD. Honestly, considering the money that you spend monthly on pads or tampons, I really think that this is a good investment. I spent CAD$40 and I’ve been using it for 14 months, you can do the math yourself. ?
8. Where do you get it, and what brand are you using?
You can get the cup easily online on either the brands’ websites or retail websites like Amazon. For my readers in Malaysia, the only authentic, medical grade silicone cups I can find is the LadyCup from a local shop called Tiny Tapir. They have it in large and small sizes (you can find out more about which size to get here), and you can buy it easily from Lazada. It’s so colourful and cute I’m thinking of getting a new one myself!
So here you go, feel free to drop a comment below if you have other questions, I’ll try to answer them as much as I can! 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a professional certified to teach you about the female body or feminine products. I’m just merely sharing my experience and knowledge.
Female anatomy diagrams from Center for Young Women’s Health