Hellooooo! Welcome or welcome back to Cara A Carmen. Today I have a super detailed post about menstrual cups. This post will be helpful for any beginner or anyone interested in starting to use menstrual cups for teens.
Recently, in a post about how to have a sustainable period as a teen, I talked about the stigma of period talk, lack of sustainable period education in school, and environmentally friendly options. This included the menstrual cup (my personal favorite).
Today, I am going to get into the nitty-gritty by telling you about my experience and give you tips on how to choose a cup, how to insert, remove, and clean. I also have listed multiple resources that you can use to learn more.
Adults aren’t the only ones who can have a sustainable and healthier period; menstrual cups for teens allow young adults to be able also to have the privilege. So, keep reading to find out how you can use a menstrual cup as a teenager.
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Why you should use a menstrual cup as a teen
As young adults, we have to take responsibility for our planet. One easy way to do this is by using more sustainable items during our menstrual cycles. To do this, you need to use a menstrual cup.
If this sounds scary to you or you are interested in other sustainable options, then read this post about how to have a sustainable period as a teen.
Teens should be using menstrual cups because they are more convenient, reduce awkward bathroom trips in school, are more inexpensive, reduce the amount of period waste, and are much better for your body.
So pretty much menstrual cups are life-changing. They are the unicorns of all period products.
How to choose a menstrual cup
Choosing a menstrual cup can be so confusing. I mean, how am I supposed to know if I want it soft or hard, small or large, long or short? Let me tell you.
Before picking out a menstrual cup, you need to figure out a few things. First, you need to know how heavy your period is. This will help you decide on the size. If you have a light period then you will need a smaller sized cup and for a heavy one a larger sized cup.
The second aspect you need to consider is whether or not you have a sensitive bladder. This is important because it relates to the hardness of your cup. Personally, I use an average hardness cup.
How to measure your cervix
Now, this next part is going to get a little personal. You are going to measure your cervix. This is going to determine whether or not you need a short or long cup. To do this, you are going to measure with your index finger.
If your finger goes up all the way, then you have a high cervix, if only your nail and a small part of your finger goes up, then you have a low cervix. Someone with a medium cervix will have their finger go to the middle knuckle on your finger.
If you are struggling to find your cervix, then make sure to check out this helpful video from Put A Cup In It.
If you don’t feel like researching for cups after doing these steps, then you should take the Put A Cup In It Quiz. This quiz will help you determine which cup is best for you and will give you multiple cups when you finish.
I used the quiz to select my cup, and it did not disappoint me. This quiz is amazing, and once you find out your flow, bladder sensitivity, and cervix length, you will also be able to find the perfect cup.
Put A Cup In It also has a helpful chart that compares a bunch of menstrual cups. I would suggest looking at this if you want to compare multiple cups.
My experience using a menstrual cup
As I mentioned in my previous post about how to have a sustainable period as a teen, I only recently starting using a menstrual cup. I first used it at the end of March.
It’s really funny because I even wrote a journal entry about it. I said, “Today was my first day using a period cup, and I have to say, so far, I like it.”- March 31, 2020
I have been using the Saalt Soft Cup, and I’m obsessed with it!! Literally I am now excited to get my period (I know this is so weird but don’t hate on me) because I just love this product.
I could never go back to tampons. This cup has honestly changed my life.
Let me be honest, my experience using a menstrual cup was not easy at first, but I stuck with it. I even had days where I would be so overwhelmed because I couldn’t get my cup in right. There was one day that I wrote about where I could not find my cup (I have a high cervix, so that’s why) and had a mini-panic attack.
I’m not saying all of this to scare you, but I don’t want to lie and say that I never struggled (because I did). But once I finally calmed down, watched Youtube videos about menstrual cups, and just got the hang of things, I loved my cup.
At the beginning of summer or the end of May, I finally found my sweet spot. I had been inserting my cup all wrong (lol I think this is really funny because I was messing up on something so freaking simple).
How to insert
Okay, so inserting the cup your first time can be a bit scary. But it’s not bad (at all). The first thing you need to remember is to stay calm.
If you are stressed and tensed, then no matter how hard you force your cup, it won’t go in. Make sure to take some deep breaths and relax.
As I mentioned before, I was messing up on one of the easiest things about insertion. That being inserting the cup at an angle. I don’t know why but for some reason, I thought the cup was supposed to be inserted perfectly vertically.
This was so wrong, and I feel so stupid for messing it up. You should not be doing this. Instead, your cup needs to be at an angle pointed towards your back when inserted. This will help you get right under your cervix to prevent leaking.
Since the circumference of a menstrual cup is larger than your vaginal opening, you need to fold the cup to insert it. I suggest watching a Youtube video about this if you are new to this.
Menstrual cup folds
Below, I have linked a super helpful playlist with everything you need to know about menstrual cup folds. Definitely check that out to find information on multiple folds.
Once your cup is inserted, run your finger along the perimeter of the cup to make sure that it has opened fully. If not, then push your finger against your vaginal walls or squeeze the bottom of the cup to allow air to pop it open.
In order to make sure it is secure, turn the cup and pull on the stem. If you feel resistance, then your cup is good to go.
How to remove
Removing a menstrual cup is a very hands-on and personal experience. If you aren’t willing to be that close with yourself, then you either need to get over that fear or not use a cup (which would be very sad).
To remove the cup, you first need to bear down (this is pretty much pushing like your pooping). This will move the cup further down so that it is easy to reach. Once you can easily reach the cup, slide your index finger all the way to the rim and push down.
This will break the cup’s suction and allow you to remove it without resistance. Now, you should grab the body of the cup to pull down and dump it into the toilet.
It is important not to pull on the stem to remove the cup because that will not do anything but cause frustration.
If you are having trouble removing your cup, just remember to relax and take some deep breaths.
After you remove your cup follow the steps for how to clean.
How to clean
During your period, you need to clean your cup every time you remove it. To this, you should either invest in cup soap or use a water-based fragrance-free soap.
First, rinse your cup in cold water to minimize staining and then clean with soap. To clear the holes by the rims, fill your cup with water, place it upside down on your hand, and squeeze.
If you are in public and need to clean your cup, just wipe it out with toilet paper and clean once you get home.
After every period is over, you need to sanitize your cup. You can do this by boiling your cup for 3-7 minutes or by putting in it the microwave for 5 minutes on high.
If you are a high school or college student, I suggest the microwave method since it is more discreet and will be kinder to other people you share kitchen space with.
When microwaving your cup, you should put it in a mug filled with water, then submerge your cup. Be careful when removing the cup; it will be hot.
To boil on your stovetop, fill a pan with water and heat to a boil. Then place your cup inside a whisk. This will keep the cup in place and prevent it from moving around.
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Menstrual Cups For Teens: My Experience + Tips:
- Why you should use a menstrual cup as a teen
- How to choose a menstrual cup
- My experience using a menstrual cup
- How to insert
- Removing your cup
- How to clean
- Helpful resources
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