Here are my quick tips & tricks for keeping that menstrual cup fresh, both in between uses and at the end of your bleed!
These are my 3 suggestions for keeping that cup sparkling!
Keeping it Clean Between Uses
First of all: I think it goes without saying, always wash your hands with soap and water prior to handling the cup inside your vagina. This will help to prevent the spread of infection from your hands to your vulva and/or vagina.
Empty it out: Depending on your location (public versus private bathroom) I recommend emptying out the cup into the toilet and subsequently wiping it clean with toilet paper or rinsing it with hot water. A tip I received was to carry little square alcohol swabs in your purse and follow up with a quick wipe. Ensure you allow the cup to dry prior to reinsertion.
Since high-quality menstrual cups are made of 100% medical-grade silicone, they do not harbor bacteria, so it is not necessary to sterilize the cup between uses.
Reinsert: After reinsertion you can carry on about your normal day. My advice to new cup users: don’t settle for an ill-fitting insert. Sometimes, it won’t go in perfectly. If it doesn’t, reset the cup until it feels right. Additionally, if necessary, trim the stem. I’ve had clients wait to trim the stem and end up with irritation at their introitus, and they were subsequently unable to use the cup for the rest of the cycle!
At the End of your Period
Boil It: At the end of menstruation, I advise clients to boil the cup, let it dry completely and put it away in a dry place between cycles. To do this, I place about 3 cups of water in a small pot and bring it to a boil. I place the cup in the pot and allow for it to boil for approximately 20 minutes. It is safe to boil the silicone cup, but be sure to not let the pot go completely dry, as this can begin to break down the material.
After it’s been boiled, allow it to dry completely, and place it in a dry space to store between cycles. I use the carrying bag that came with my Lunette cup.
Alternatively: Sometimes the cup can have a lingering scent following use. I advise clients to use a splash of vinegar in the boiling water and allow the cup to boil for about 8 minutes. If the smell continues, you can try using cold vinegar, allowing it to soak overnight. Follow up with a 20-minute boil, confirming the scent has neutralized.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Sun
Stains: If your menstrual cup has a stain, allow for the cup to bake in the sun. Recheck it often to see if the stain has disappeared. The sun is a powerful option for getting rid of both bacteria and stains! Have you ever heard of sunning your underwear during or after a yeast infection?
I hope you found this blog post valuable! If you haven’t already made the switch to sustainable menstrual products (either a cup or reusable pads) I highly recommend the switch. Drop a comment below to tell me your favorite aspect of using a menstrual cup! I personally love that it saves money and also prevents waste from ending up in a landfill.
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