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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 ofFebruary 19, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Current as of: February 19, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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