There’s nothing worse than realizing mid-run, the blood flow from the monthly cycle has just started or that it is leaking. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing and can most definitely influence performance.
Many women for sure have probably skipped a few long runs because they didn’t have the energy to worry about leakages or stop at a bathroom every 15 minutes to check.
These can be problems of the past. Using a menstrual cup is not only more environmentally friendly but also leak-proof, can hold more blood and is more affordable.
How to insert and remove a Menstrual cup?
First, fold the cup by pushing the rim down to the base and pinch the cup together so that it doesn’t pop open. This small-diameter makes insertion easier. Make sure the cup is correctly inserted and formed a vacuum by giving it a slight pull.
To remove the cup make sure that hands are clean. Then, pinch the base of the cup to break the vacuum, then pull it down and out. Clean the cup with cold water before inserting it again.
How often should it be need to emptied?
Most women will be happy to hear that a menstrual cup can hold up to 2 ounces of blood and only needs to be changed every 4 – 12 hours. This means less or maybe even no trips to the bathroom during a run. How awesome?!
What do heavy bleeders do?
Menstrual cups come in different sizes and can hold up to 2 ounces of blood, unlike tampons that can only hold about 0.2 ounces. This makes it especially great for those with a heavier flow.
What will be the best fit?
Choosing the correct size ensures that a menstrual cup fits properly, is comfortable and doesn’t leak. Here are a few tips on how to choose a cup if for a runner or an athlete:
- Choose a cup capacity according to your flow. If they are a heavy bleeder, a larger size will work best.
- Younger women may require smaller cups than older women or those who have had babies through delivery.
Using a menstrual cup with proper care will make running much more comfortable, easier to manage and stress-free. Try it out a menstrual cup and start experiencing all the amazing benefits.