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Let’s Talk Menstrual Cups

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By Anna Spoelhof, FNP

Laurie Birkholz, MD, and Associates 

A while back, Dr. Birkholz introduced the menstrual cup. If you’re new here, a menstrual or period cup is a reusable, soft silicone or rubber cup worn internally like a tampon that collects, rather than absorbs, your period.

Ladies, no need to resort to Stone Age period technology, or wonder what toxic ingredients we’re putting into our bodies! The menstrual cup comes in a variety of sizes and firmness levels that can stay in place up to 12 hours.

I’m fond of the brand, Saalt, which you can purchase at Target .😊 Saalt offers two sizes (small and regular) and two firmness levels (the original firmness Saalt Cup and the softer Saalt Soft). Many people can wear either size or firmness comfortably, but one may be more comfortable. Consider purchasing the small cup if you have light to normal flow (2–3 tampons), you’re a first-time user, or if you have a low cervix. If you’re experienced with menstrual cups, have normal to heavy flow (3-4 tampons) and have a higher cervix, I’d suggest trying out the Saalt Regular. (For a guide on how to measure your cervix, head over to their website.)

Now that you have a size selected, you’re probably curious… How does this actually work?

To insert:

  1. Fold & hold your cup with clean hands
  2. Insert your cup toward your tailbone
  3. Let it open & rotate it slightly, creating a light seal

*PRO TIP: Position your cup a little lower than a tampon.*

To remove:

  1. Relax & find the base of your cup with your fingers
  2. Pinch the base of the cup to break the seal
  3. Remove & empty

*PRO TIP: Your first few times, practice removing it in the shower.*

It’s important to clean your cup in between cycles. That’s it, pretty simple! It takes some getting used to, but I promise it’s worth it. Plus, using a menstrual cup is a win-win – good for the environment & your pocket!   

Do you have questions about sizing or insertion? 

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