Menstrual cups can be used by anyone of ANY age. If you menstruate, you can use a cup, and this includes teens and pre-teens. We know that getting your period for the first time can be very scary, overwhelming and the cause of so much anxiety. There’s so much to learn about your body, the changes that it’s going through and how to handle these changes properly and with care. A major part of getting your period is deciding which products to use, and what will work best for your body and lifestyle. If you’re sporty and involved in a lot of water sports for example, learning how to manage your period and use products that will work with your active lifestyle is super important too.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped menstrual care device that’s folded and inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. Some menstrual cups are made from rubber, but it’s much safer to use menstrual cups which are made from 100% medical-grade silicone like our ultra-soft cups as they’re hypoallergenic, softer and bacteria resistant unlike rubber.
How does it work?
It’s actually pretty simple, but it WILL take some time to get used to inserting and removing the cup, so having patience with yourself is key. The cup must be boiled before you use it for the very first time. This disinfects the cup and makes 100% sure that it’s safe to insert. No matter what cup brand you use, you will always have to boil your cup first. Once that’s done, the cup must cool down before you insert it. Always wash your hands with water and soap before using the cup. Try to be as calm as possible, this will help to relax your muscles making the insertion process easier. The cup must be folded before it’s inserted. The C-fold and the Push down method are the easiest. For more on how to insert and fold the cup step-by-step click here: https://shebafeminine.co.za/education/introducing-the-new-sheba-feminine-ultra-soft-menstrual-cups/
So, why menstrual cups?
Cups are life-changing! They can be used for up to 12 hours before needing to be emptied (this is dependent on your flow), they’re re-usable and can last up to 10 years which will save you money, and it’s great for the environment! You can live a very active lifestyle and swim while using a menstrual cup and they hold more blood than tampons. If inserted properly you won’t feel it AT ALL, plus it won’t disturb the pH of your vagina unlike tampons.
Are cups dangerous for teens?
No, menstrual cups are completely safe. The only thing you should keep in mind when choosing a cup is that it MUST be made of 100% medical-grade silicone. If it’s made of any other material like rubber or latex it wont be 100% safe for your body.
Which Sheba ultra-soft menstrual cup do we recommend?
We recommend the Oshun Blue Ultra-Soft Menstrual cup. It’s the smallest cup we have and is fantastic for beginners, especially teens! It’s a great cup to use if you’re a bit nervous about your period or using cups. It’s super soft, flexible and has a ring on one end to help make the removal process simpler. Plus, the colour is gorgeous! Find the Oshun Blue Ultra-Soft Menstrual Cup here: https://tinyurl.com/59u8zcjx
For common frequently asked questions about Sheba’s Ultra-Soft Menstrual cups click here
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