Menstrual empowerment starts with knowledge. The best way to learn about your vaginal health is to actually look at your vagina. The easiest way to do this is to put a mirror on the ground and look down. In order to insert The VCup, the first thing one need to know is that there is only one opening to the vagina. Secondly, The VCup sits low in the vaginal canal, which means it will not get lost in your uterus, irritate or even come in contact with your cervix. Lastly, because The VCup is worn internally it is important for you to know where to find both your vaginal canal opening and your labia.
Using The VCup is easy, and once you’ve found a method that works best for you, it only takes a matter of seconds to insert and remove. And remember, before beginning, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap and be sure to carefully follow the instructions on using the VCup which is provided here.
The Menstrual Cycle: How it Works
Menstruation, commonly referred to as a period, is a normal occurrence for every healthy woman. However, first onset, symptoms leading up to each period, its duration, and the overall experience, are unique to each woman. Menstruation marks the beginning of puberty for young girls. This happens approximately between the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. During menstruation, which typically lasts between 2 and 7 days, the lining of the uterus is shed and passes through the cervix to the vagina and out of the body as menstrual blood.
The total amount of blood that flows during an average period seems to be so much more than it actually is; it’s usually only about 4 teaspoons. But the range is between 1 and 4 tablespoons. The consistency of the blood flow is usually thick and bright red during heaviest flow. It is not unusual to see clots during this time. The thickest and most viscous flow happens as the richest part of the lining literally un-knits from the uterine wall. Gradually, as the flow progresses, it thins and becomes browner color.
The menstrual cycle begins on the first day of the period and ends on the first day of the following period. The cycle lasts an average of 28 days but can range from 21 to 45 days. Again, all women are different and wherever you may fall within the range is normal for you.
Why you should know about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?
TSS – Toxic shock syndrome is an infection caused by bacteria entering through wounds or mucus membrane. The symptoms for TSS include sudden high fever, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash that resembles sunburn, dizziness, muscle aches, fainting or blackouts.
TSS is an extremely rare, but potentially fatal disease and can occur in men, women and children. As the majority of reported cases occur in young girls and women under 30, TSS is associated with high-absorbency pads and tampon use.
Keep in mind that it is scientifically proven that menstrual cups don’t change the composition of blood during the time the cup is kept inside the vagina. There are no reported cases of TSS in connection with use of menstrual cups since the cups were invented in the 1930’s.
VCup is 58mm in length and 43 mm at its widest point. It holds 18ml to air hole.
It is worn internally but unlike a tampon it collects the flow instead of absorbing it. When inserted Vcup forms a gentle seal with the vaginal walls so there is no leakage. Vcup is reusable and lasts around 10 years so it is highly cost effective.
VCup is made of Medical Grade silicone, which is also used to make nipples for feeding bottles and for implants.