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Like tampons or pads, menstrual cups are a way to manage menstrual bleeding.
You insert a menstrual cup in your vagina to collect menstrual flow. And then you remove it from your vagina to empty it.
The cups are usually made of rubber or silicone. Some are disposable. Others can be washed and used again.
Depending on the brand, menstrual cups can come in different shapes and sizes.
Follow the directions on the package for how to use your cup.
Inserting the cup
With some brands of cups, you may have to rotate the cup in your vagina so it forms a seal to collect your menstrual flow. Others will automatically open when the cup is inside your vagina.
Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours.
Removing the cup
Depending on the type or brand, a nondisposable silicone menstrual cup can be used for up to 5 years.
Current as ofMay 14, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineRebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of:
May 14, 2018
Medical Review:Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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