When not to use a menstrual cup?

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However, with proper use, menstrual cups are safe to use but they may not be suitable for everyone. Avoid using them if you have these 5 conditions.

The variety of menstrual products is rising in the market, and the popularity of the menstrual cup is touching new heights. An increasing number of women are now turning to it to. Some find it very easy to insert and remove while some find it very tricky. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a smooth ride!

Although menstrual cups are really safe, there are a few situations where you might want to avoid using cups. Dr Tanaya Narendra, who goes by the name of dr_cuterus on Instagram, recently shared an Instagram reel where she talks about when not to use a menstrual cup.

Check out her post here:

Let’s check out when you should avoid using a menstrual cup:

1. Silicone allergy

Menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product, which is funnel shaped and made of rubber or silicone. It can hold more blood than other methods. According to Dr Narendra, You don’t have to use a menstrual cup if you have a silicone allergy. Now there are lots of silicone-free menstrual cups that are available in the market but if you do have a silicone allergy please don’t use a silicone based cup. Common signs of a silicone allergy include red rashes and swelling inside and outside of your vagina.

Also, read: Don’t fall prey to these menstrual cup myths if you’re planning to make the switch

2. Intrauterine device (IUD)

If you have an IUD, an IUD is an insertable contraceptive device (a small T-shaped plastic and copper device), that is put inside your uterus by a doctor and the strings are left hanging outside. Sometimes when taking out your cup, you might accidentally yank the IUD out which is painful and leads to failure of contraception. So you might want to avoid using a cup.

3. Vaginal surgery

A menstrual cup that fits well will create a seal around the vaginal wall and it will not move much during the day. But if you’ve had any recent vaginal surgery, abortion or childbirth, keep your cups and tampons out of your vagina for at least six weeks and consult your doctor before using one, says Dr Narendra.

4. Vaginismus

Some people have difficulty using menstrual cups. In some cases, this is due to differences in anatomy or to conditions such as vaginismus, which causes pain when a person tries to insert items into the vagina. A gynecologist may be able to help with this issue. “If you have vaginismus, you may find it really uncomfortable to insert even a cup or a tampon, you don’t need to do this.” Although there are no side effects of using a menstrual cup with vaginismus. So if you want, you can.

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Vaginismus is an involuntary tensing of the vagina. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Feeling uncomfortable

It can take more time to learn how to use a menstrual cup. A person may need to try several cups before they find the right one for them. No matter how many tries and folds you try, if you’re uncomfortable, you don’t have to use a cup. There are lots and lots of different available options.

Last words

Ladies, there are a whole lot of other period products you can try. No matter what the reason is, if it’s uncomfortable and hurting you, you don’t have to use a cup. If the cup works for you, excellent. If it doesn’t work for you, no biggie!

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