How to Use a Menstrual Cup?

You may have heard of menstrual cups, and is probably asking yourself: What exactly is it and how does it work?

Here, you can find everything you need to know about how to use a menstrual cup or Anigan EvaCup – we will explain it all in 6 simple steps. 


What is EvaCup?

EvaCup is a menstrual cup or period cup that catches menstrual fluid during menstruation. It is worn inside the vagina and doesn’t cause discomfort, unlike sanitary pads and tampons.

The EvaCup is FDA registered feminine hygiene product, made in US facility, with 100% medical grade silicone – it’s safe and reusable for up to 10 years. 

According to a research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), "Preclinical testing complied with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and used standard United States Pharmacopoeia methodologies for assessment of potential toxicity. Clinical testing enrolled 406 women in seven U.S. centers, and the result? 

No toxicity or mutagenicity was observed in preclinical evaluations. In clinical testing, after three cycles of menstruation cup use, 37% of subjects rated the cup as better than, 29% as worse than, and 34% as equal to pads or tampons. The cup was preferred for comfort, dryness, and less odor."


Who Invented the Cup?

According to Wikipedia.com, "Leona Chalmers patented the first usable commercial cup in 1937. Later the menstrual cups were patented in 1935, 1937, and 1950. The Tassaway brand of menstrual cups was introduced in the 1960s, but it was not a commercial success. Early cups were made of rubber. Today, both silicone and rubber models are available. Most are reusable, though there is at least one brand of disposable menstrual cups currently manufactured.


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Video Tutorial on How to Use EvaCup

 

 

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EASY STEPS TO MASTER EVACUP


Step-1: Sterilize the Unit

On the first day of use, wash the EvaCup with water and mild soap, before boiling it in a pot of water for 10-15 minutes. You could also use an Anigan Collapsible Sterilizing Cup and a microwave for convenient sterilization.

Step-2: Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands before further handling. Cleanliness is the key to safely using any menstruation cup.
Step-3: Menstrual Cup Folds

Select a folding method that you feel comfortable. Then Grip the walls of your EvaCup with your thumb and forefinger together, so the stem faces your palm and the opening faces you.



Step-4: Hold

Grip the walls of your EvaCup with your thumb and forefinger together, so the stem faces your palm and the opening faces you.

Step-5: Insert and Rotate

  • To insert the EvaCup, relax your muscles. Either sit, squat, or stand (whatever is most comfortable).
  • Spread your labia with your other hand to help you ease your cup into your vagina.
  • Water or water-based lubricant helps in inserting the EvaCup.
  • The cup should sit lower than a tampon and it will create a light suction that prevents leaks or anything from escaping.
  • You may gently rotate the cup to ensure that it is fully open.
  • Every person is unique; take your time and find the best possible position for you.

 

Step-6: Removal

  • Before removing your cup, wash your hands.
  • Gently pull the stem of the EvaCup until you can feel the base.
  • Break the seal by pinching the base.
  • When you feel the suction release, use a slow side-to-side motion to dislodge your cup.
  • Pushing your pelvic muscles aids the process.

How to Clean Your EvaCup 

There are a few different ways to clean your cup:

  1. Boil your cup in a pot or microwave (optional: add 1 Tbsp. of baking soda to get rid of odors)
  2. Use a toothbrush to clean out the air holes beneath the rim of your cup. Do not use sharp objects (toothpicks, safety pins, etc.), which can puncture it.
  3. Let your cup dry at room temperature.
  4. When not in use, keep your feminine cup in a breathable pouch (supplied with your purchase).

Why EvaCup is Better than Tampons?

Tampons EvaCup
One time use only Reusable up to 10 years
Could cause irritation and allergies Made of 100% medical graded silicon, Allergy free
Contains pesticide and bleach Chemical free
Tampons absorb menstrual fluids along with natural secretions, reducing vaginal moisture. Never
Tampons absorb menstrual fluids along with natural secretions, reducing vaginal moisture. Only collects menstrual fluids, will not cause any irritation
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) possibility No risk of TSS
Average 240+ tampons each year, (9,600 in a lifetime*) 3 to 5 period cups in a lifetime
Average $120+ per year* $30 or less per cup
Average $5,600 in a lifetime* $90 to $150 in a lifetime

 

What are the Pros and Cons of the Cup?

Before buying it, let's discuss the strengths and weaknesses of sanitary cups.

 

The Pros

It's Economical - It’s affordable simply because it’s reusable. Women spend money buying pads and tampons in stores. A girl can use up to 15,000 hygiene products in her lifetime while she only needs to use five or six vaginal cups since they are reusable for up to ten years – which means fewer trips to the pharmacy store.

Hassle – Free Waste Disposal and Environment- friendly - Why? Because it’s reusable, girls don’t need to worry about disposing them. You just need to sterilize it to prevent bacterial growth. According to environmentalists, using sanitary pads and tampons is a big threat to the environment from raw materials to processing and production. Consider the packaging that’s made of plastic and the products that are made of plastic materials that contain chemical contaminants. Based on research, because of the fact that tampons are made of cotton fiber, it takes six months for your tampons to biodegrade, which is not good for the environment. FYI: The cups aren’t difficult to dispose and are environment – friendly.

Balanced Vaginal pH And Less Bacterial Growth Tampons and pads are the playgrounds of bacteria, allowing them to enter and accumulate. Tampons can affect the delicate pH of your vagina. Some girls are convinced that it’s common to experience allergies and itchiness in the vagina during menstruation. Actually, it’s not. Your pads should make you feel comfortable, not cause allergies. Your secretion during menstrual flow can attract bacteria which can cause yeast and bacterial growth that’s why it’s recommended to change pads every three or four hours to prevent serious infections.

Using tampons may cause Toxic Shock Syndrome because of streptococcus bacteria found in the vaginal wall. One of the best things about feminine hygiene cups is that if you feel that the cup is full, you can easily empty it. You are assured that there’s no presence of bacteria because you can sterilize it after every use.

Easy To Use - Honestly, using a sanitary pad is easier to use as compared to using the cups. If you are hesitant to use period cups, then maybe it’s a big help to let you know that menstruation cups are made of silicon and rubber, designed to be flexible. They have soft edges and are flexible for quick and easy insertion. Like tampons, you just need to insert it towards your vagina and you’re good to go.

Odor Free - Every girl hates that unpleasant menstruation odor whenever she uses sanitary pads. Unfortunately using scented hygiene products is discouraged by most medical experts because there are added chemicals that can cause irritation and other vaginal infections. If you want to be odor free while you are on your period, then try using a feminine hygiene cup. With period cups, you don’t need to be too conscious about your unpleasant menstruation odor since there is less exposure of the fluid to the air.

Sex With Menstrual Cup - If you’re okay with having sex while you’re on your period, then these cups are for you basically because they stay in place during intercourse. But consider it as situational.

Unlike menstruation cups, your pads and tampons have health safety issues. Chemical contaminants are present - from raw materials to product processing.

No woman would ever want to have dioxin or rayon on her vagina. When accumulated, such chemicals can actually cause cancer.

Feminine cups are safe to use with no reproductive health issues. The materials do not contain harmful chemicals and most cups are made of FDA registered medical grade silicone.

Medical researchers know the health risks of napkins and tampons that’s why there are other safe alternatives available such as period cups.

Now that you know the advantages of using the cup, I guess this would make you decide of disposing your sanitary pads or tampons. 

 

The Cons

It's a Little Messy - One of the major disadvantages of the feminine cup is that they can be too messy. Using sanitary pads is the most convenient among all the feminine menstrual products available because you don’t need to insert them and using them doesn’t require a lot of effort. It can be messy as you remove the cup especially if you are in your office’s bathroom because you need to empty the collected fluid, rinse it and put it back.

Fit Problems - The cups are available in different sizes. The problem is, some women cannot fully determine their exact sizes. If you have a dropped uterus, then you might want to buy two cups with different sizes. If you’re ordering cups online, then buy two or three cups just to be sure.

Removing the Cup - Insertion might be difficult for first-time users and so is the cup removal. It takes a lot of energy and patience because you need to carefully remove it. The first few days of using the cup can be challenging but you will get used to it and learn not to be bothered by the inserted cup.

Maintenance - There are consequences in choosing it over regular pads. Pads and tampons are not reusable, therefore they don’t require maintenance. Menstrual cups need to be properly maintained to prevent bacterial growth. For your cup’s maintenance, put the cup in a collapsible sterilizing cup filled with water and place in a microwave. Set to medium power and wait for the water to boil for the sterilization to be effective.

Well, there you have it! Now that you know what is a menstrual cup, let's jump in on how to use it. Let EvaCup improve your life while simultaneously saving the planet.

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Where to Buy the Cup?

There are actually a lot of online stores that are selling sanitary cups from different brands. But I highly recommend EvaCup to you - it is FDA registered, 100% medical grade silicone, safe, comfortable to use and it will last for up to 10 years as well. If you are ready, click the button below to buy Anigan EvaCup today!