How To Clean Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cups have a lot of advantages. They are more comfortable and less noticeable than tampons. They give out less odor than both tampons and sanitary pads. Menstrual cups are not known to be dangerous or increase the chances of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
One of the main concerns of those new to cups is how to clean them.
Traditional menstrual products provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to infection and other diseases. Menstrual cups are made out of medical-grade silicone which is better for you than tampons and pads.
Keeping your cup clean is a cinch. It's really easy! Different manufacturers have different instructions, with some suggesting boiling your cup, and others suggesting washing with proprietary products.
During The Menstruation Cycle
While using the menstrual cup during your cycle, there are two ways to clean it. One is to just wipe them off with toilet paper. This is good enough to insert it back in. The second way to rinse it off with water (some women carry a drink bottle in their purse for this purpose) You can also give it a daily clean with a mild, water based detergent (some women use products specifically made for cups, like Diva cups cup wash). Practise good hygiene, be sure to wash your hands before and after.
Before Or After Your Cycle Use or Once a Month
Sterilizing your menstrual cup is recommend at least once a month. There are two ways to do this, and it depends on the material of your cup. So, before you decide which method to use, be sure to check directions from the manufacturer.
The first is to boil your menstrual cup for about 10 – 15 minutes. Make sure to fill the pot up so that your cup floats. (Don't do what a friend of ours did, and boil it in stock... oops!!)
The second method is to wash it with either feminine wash, sterilization alcohol wipes, or just diluted vinegar and warm water.
Some women put their cups through the dishwasher, although this method ISN'T recommended by the cup manufacturers.
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