Menstrual Cups and Prolapse: What You Need to Know

Menstrual cups are steadily gaining popularity, as it has become a sustainable alternative for pads and tampons. The cups can last for up to ten years, but many remain skeptical about this device. 

Studies claim, for instance, that those suffering from prolapse are susceptible to the harmful effects of menstrual cups. As such, the opposition claims that women need more education before they begin to use them. 

Without proper context, women become scared to use the cups and run back to tampons and pads. This guide seeks to understand just what menstrual cups are, what prolapse is, and the truth behind the contradicting sides. Let’s start!

1 – What’s the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is located at your core, made of muscles that neatly run from side to side, and front to back. These muscles support your internal pelvic organs, which include the vagina, bladder, rectum, uterus, and urethra. 

A healthy pelvic floor allows you to control urine flow easily, have comfortable bowel movements, and lift without injury. 

2 – What’s a prolapse?

A weakened pelvic floor can lead to a condition called prolapse, in which pelvic organs fall downward into or out the vagina. Many factors contribute to this, one of which is childbirth. It can also be seen in chronic constipation and respiratory issues, as well as genetic components and collagen reactions. 

3 – Can I use a menstrual cup with prolapse

Before anything else, it’s worth noting that prolapses are common. Around 40 percent of women over the age of 40 suffer from this condition, regardless of their choice of period product. 

If you’re suffering from prolapse, it’s best to use other products so as not to aggravate the condition further. A menstrual cup contributes to a slight prolapse if the cup creates some vacuum during removal. 

This vacuum will likely be painful, so stopping yourself from pulling the cup down will prevent any prolapse from happening. Should a minor prolapse happen, the body will be able to correct itself without treatment. To avoid prolapse from happening, however, make sure to release any suction created by the cup before removal.

4 – How do I properly use a menstrual cup?

The proper use of a menstrual cup should be observed during insertion and removal. Here are the proper steps you need to follow:

Insertion

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. Find a comfortable squatting position to insert the cup. If squatting is uncomfortable, simply raise one leg.
  3. Take things slowly and relax. Unlike tampons, your menstrual cup shouldn’t sit as high. 
  4. Check if the entire cup has fully opened once you’ve inserted it. Give it a gentle pull—if you feel resistance, then your cup has been properly installed.

Removal

  1. Squeeze the base of the cup as gently as possible to release the seal. 
  2. If you cannot reach the cup’s base, pull gently on the stem or push down using your vaginal muscles. The sensation can be likened to defecation.
  3. Once you get hold of the base, slide your menstrual cup out. Angle it sideways to remove half the rim, and then angle it in the opposite direction to keep it upright. You’ll want to keep the menstrual fluid contained.

Conclusion

Menstrual cups are medical devices. As such, it’s important to ensure that the cups you purchase come for reputable sources, particularly companies certified by governing bodies. 

If you feel that the cup isn’t right for you, know that it’s okay—every woman’s body is different. What may work for some may not work for you, and that includes the use of menstrual cups. The goal is to remain safe and healthy, as well as continue learning more about ways to care for your body properly!

That said, if you’re looking for prolapse relief, Kegelmaster may be the answer to your problem. We offer a unique vaginal exerciser, which has been designed to tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor. Order yours today!

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