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What is a menstrual cup?

The early version of a menstrual cup has been around since 1932. A menstrual cup is another great eco-friendly and cost-effective feminine care product that is inserted into the vagina like tampon during your menstrual period.  However, unlike tampons, a menstrual cup is reusable and can last you for few years before needing to replace it. A menstrual cup is usually made of flexible medical grade silicone to hold menstrual fluid. The menstrual cup is used by inserting, removing, emptying, rinsing and reinserting during your menstrual cycle. It is shaped like a bell with a stem, and some stems can be trimmed to fit just right for you. There are now several menstrual cup brands in the market, and they...

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Find Your Menstrual Cup Size

How do I know what menstrual cup size my vagina will need? There are many different brands, so there are several factors to consider before purchasing a cup. See the comparison chart HERE to help you with a general guideline by the manufacturers. Measure your cervix to determine the length of cup you should buy. Your cervix is the part of your vagina where your menstrual fluid leaves. It's important to measure how far up your cervix is in your vagina before you buy a cup, because some cups are longer and some are shorter, so they work worse or better with people who have lower or higher cervixes. If you have a low cervix you will want a shorter, stouter...

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Beware of Menstrual Cups Regulatory Claims

Menstrual cup is a great option for women, and has been around for decades. With recent increasing interests by women in menstrual cups, many brands are now available on the market. However, many of these brands or sellers are giving misleading information. Menstrual cups are considered class II medical devices and they are subject to FDA regulations. The cups can have "FDA Clearance" for sale, which went through 510(k) Premarket Notification process, and/or the cups can be "Registered with the FDA" which went through a less extensive process. All cups being available for sale in the USA are required to be FDA Cleared or FDA Registered, but few actually are. Many brands and/or sellers claim their cups are FDA Approved,...

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How to Clean and Care for Cloth Pads?

No matter what brand of cloth pad you use, they'll need washing so you can use them over and over again. Before you start washing your cloth pad, start by checking the directions provided by the manufacturer on the label or packaging. Some require special handling, like new cloth pads should be washed at least once before using, to increase their absorbency. Special instructions aside here's how to wash most cloth pads. Preparing cloth pads for washing Generally speaking, you can put cloth pads in your mesh laundry bag straight into the wash. Alternatively, soak stained cloth pads for several minutes before washing them, to help with stain removal, which means the pail is filled with water (and possibly a...

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What is a Cloth Pad?

A cloth pad is a feminine hygiene product use during menstrual cycle. It is made out of cloth worn to absorb the menstrual flow of a woman’s period. It is an alternative to disposable sanitary napkins and panty liners. They come in different sizes, styles, and colors. How to Use and Choose Cloth Pads? You use cloth pads similar to how you use disposable pads. Determining which pads to choose and how many pads to use depends on your daily flow, frequency, and duration of your menstrual cycle. For example, if you typically change your disposable pad four-six times daily, you'll want to do the same with your cloth pads. Similar to disposable pads, if the pad becomes too saturated,...

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