How to Take Out Your Menstrual Cup Without a Problem

How to put in a menstrual cup is one of the most common questions that women ask us when choosing a cup. The other main question we get asked is: “How do you take out your menstrual cup after using it? Is it easy to do?”

Some other things that can cause uncertainty are whether taking out the menstrual cup will be painful, how to remove it when we’re not at home, and how to clean it in a public restroom. These types of common concerns motivate us to continue publishing tips to help you lose your fear of using these amazing products.

Removing the menstrual cup is very simple. We’ll explain in simple steps how to remove it without problems or stains.

Steps to taking out your menstrual cup

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.Wash your hands thoroughly: before proceeding to remove your menstrual cup, you should remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Just like when you put it in, hygiene is vital to prevent infections in your intimate area.

 

Find a comfortable position.Take a comfortable position: whether squatting, lying, or sitting. Choose whichever way is most comfortable for you so that your vaginal muscles are relaxed.

 

Grab the stem.

Grab the stem: insert your index finger and thumb and look for the stem of the menstrual cup. Just pull it a little bit until you feel like the cup is a little further out.

 

Press the base: Then press the base of the cup to bend it and finish removing it. This is the main trick to prevent accidents from occurring because if you remove the cup only by the stem, the force of the suction could cause the liquid to bounce and spill out when removing it.

Straining your pelvic floor muscles can also help you take it out.

taking out your menstrual cupRemove the menstrual flow: When you have the cup in your hands, hold it by the stem again and remove the flow. Wash it with neutral soap and water, and you’re ready to use it again. Otherwise, sterilize it and save it for the next occasion.

At SileuCup we have prepared an instructional video with these steps to tell you how to remove your SileuCup without problems. In addition, we also have an article on how to cut the stem in case it causes you discomfort.

If you feel your menstrual cup is jammed or can’t find the stem, don’t worry, click on our article “Is your Menstrual Cup Stuck in Your Vagina?” to address these concerns.

Tips for removing the menstrual cup when you’re in a public restroom

Take out your menstrual cup in a public restroom.Let’s say you’re at work, in a restaurant bathroom, or at a beach. Many of those bathrooms have a separate sink and toilet area. Also, lying down in a public bathroom isn’t convenient. So how can I take out my menstrual cup in this situation?

The first thing to know is that, depending on how much flow you have, you can keep your menstrual cup intact for 4 to 12 hours.

This way, you can plan: if you’re going to a party, for example, wash and place your cup just before you leave, so you’ll be sure your cup won’t overfill while dancing and end up leaking.

Other tips include:

  1. Take a little bottle of water with you inside the bathroom. This way, if you don’t have direct access to the sink, you can rinse the menstrual cup a little so you won’t go out later and wash the cup full of blood. Similarly, take some toilet paper so that after washing your hands, you can enter the bathroom without having to touch the door.
  2. You don’t have to sit or lie down. It may be easier for you to remove the cup while squatting. You can push a little, as your vaginal muscles will help you remove it more easily.
  3. Bring wet towels or wet toilet paper with you to clean your hands, intimate area, and even the cup itself. Make sure they are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and intended to clean your private parts, in order to prevent any type of alteration of the vaginal pH.

Planning is the key to success, so if you’re going to work, out with friends, or on a romantic date, it’s best to carry some of these items in your bag so that removing and cleaning your cup in a public restroom will be a piece of cake.

Besides, practice makes perfect. These tips and recommendations will get easier and easier for you the more you practice, so don’t be afraid to use the menstrual cup: placing and removing it is very easy.

Related: How to Sterilize Your Menstrual Cup

Ways to Fold Your Menstrual Cup: Tips and Tricks

You’re now certain and about to buy your menstrual cup but the last thing you need to think about is to solve the famous question of “How do I put that cup down there?” It even happens that a lot of people get their menstrual cup and upon seeing it say “This is too big for me.” Don’t worry– we’ve designed a manual with ways to fold the Sileu menstrual cup so that you can insert it without any problems.

Menstrual cups are very safe and comfortable and can be used by all types of women (even virgin girls). Relax, once you overcome the learning curve for inserting your menstrual cup, you’ll love it for sure.

Ways to fold the menstrual cup in three steps:

The typical C-shape

C-fold your menstrual cupThis is the most common and simple way to fold your cup. It consists only of folding the cup from the edge so that it forms a letter C to be inserted in this way. It’s a very easy way to fold and ensure that the cup opens effectively, though perhaps it’s not the most comfortable for those who are new to the world of menstrual cups.

How it works:

  1. Take the cup and flatten it with your thumb and index finger.
  2. Fold it until you see that the edge of the cup forms a letter C.
  3. Hold it firmly by the bottom of the edge; you can now insert your menstrual cup.

The reliable V
V- fold your menstrual cupThis is one of the most effective ways to fold the menstrual cup, especially for first-time girls. It makes placing the cup easier because it forms a slightly more pointed angle that facilitates the process.

In addition, the double fold gives the edge a bit more rigidity so that it doesn’t bend while trying to place it. The V-shape also helps you to open your cup correctly when it is already inside, ensuring that you’ll be leak-free.

How it works:

  • With your index finger, press a part of the edge of the glass and bring it in and down. Most of the edge of the cup will remain inside it.
  • Hold the part of the cup you just folded to keep it this way.
  • A part of the edge of your menstrual cup should be pointed. You can now insert your cup in this form.

As Small as Possible
As small as possibleThis method of bending reduces the diameter of the cup as much as possible until it’s almost like a tampon; however, this is more feasibly done in cups with greater flexibility like our Sileu Bell model. Folding it in this way makes positioning much easier, although you should always check that the cup opens effectively.

How it works:

  1. Flatten the menstrual cup and take one of the tips of the edge.
  2. Begin to compactly roll your menstrual cup until it becomes a small roll.
  3. Gripping it well, you can now insert your menstrual cup.

A practical 7-fold
7-FoldThis is another useful way to bend the menstrual cup, which, similar to the V-shape, makes one of the ends of the edge of your cup more pointed and thus easier to place. Folding it like this, the edge of your cup will form a number 7.

How it works:

  1. Flatten your menstrual cup and fold down one of the corners of the edge, bringing it down to the base of the cup.
  2. Hold it so it stays folded this way
  3. Put in your menstrual cup.

Another tip you should know to place your menstrual cup

After you place your menstrual cup, you should make sure that it stays open to ensure it doesn’t come out and that there is no leakage.

Doing so is very simple: with the cup already inside, run your index finger around the edge. If you do not feel any folds, it means that your cup is open and well placed. Otherwise, try to move it a little while holding the stem so that it opens or takes it out and repeats the placement process.

If it seems easier, you can use some neutral lubricant or moisten it with some water to make the process more bearable.

You might also be interested in: Transitioning to the Menstrual cup: We can Help You Leave Pads and Tampons Behind

Menstruation Taboos: What’s True and What’s False?

Tabúes de la menstruación

Menstruation has been the object and means of segregation towards women throughout history. Despite being a natural process, disgust and shame are always present when talking about it. In the 21st century, menstruation taboos still exist, even in developed societies.

Menstruation taboosThe taboo begins with the shame of even mentioning it: many of us use euphemisms to refer to it in public conversation, or we feel embarrassed when others see us with a pad, tampon or menstrual cup in our bag.

And many myths have passed from generation to generation. Grandmothers have told us that the meringue of cakes won’t rise or that we shouldn’t cut our hair during our periods. On the other hand, other countries with customs even isolate and limit the basic rights of women.

The UN and UNICEF have launched a campaign to break the menstrual taboo, which is a vehicle for discrimination against women and girls around the world. So, let’s clear up any doubts about some of these myths and taboos surrounding our crimson waves.

Taboos about menstruation throughout the world

1. Goodbye to the kitchen: a distorted sense of taste
In some countries like Japan, women who are on their periods are not allowed to carry out cooking tasks, because, according to them, menstruation modifies their sense of taste, rendering women inefficient.

The kitchen is a topic often touched upon by false beliefs surrounding our periods. In some places, it’s believed that menstruation damages crops, causes vegetables to rot, and hardens meat from livestock.

In places like Nepal, this is the reason for isolation (known as Chhaupadi), a tradition where menstruating women are taken to other isolated cabins in order to prevent harm to the crops. Fortunately, this tradition has been banned, although there are still communities that practice it.

On the other hand, touching the water while menstruating is forbidden for women in some societies. It should be noted that some of these customs are a result of a woman’s own convictions due to their cultural traditions.

2. Showering on your period causes infertility
In some places like Afghanistan, there is a belief that bathing during menstruation will cause women to lose the ability to conceive children and with this, lose their honor and dignity. In addition to this, the availability of items such as pads and tampons (and let’s not even mention menstrual cups) is scarce, which increases the lack of cleanliness for women during menstruation.

We aren’t here to judge, but when it comes to health issues, it becomes important to raise a hand. Menstrual hygiene is extremely important in preventing infections or serious diseases such as Toxic Shock Syndrome that threaten women’s lives.

3. If you don’t talk about periods, they don’t exist.
While some are embarrassed talking about their period or carry some shame commenting about them in public, periods remain a mystery during the lives of women in some cultures. In India, the lack of information and education on menstruation is a fact. Many girls get scared when they see that they bleed for the first time, believing it to be some deadly disease or curse that has fallen on them.

These menstruation taboos also happen frequently in countries like Malawi, where UNICEF is carrying out an educational campaign to combat stigma, so that more and more girls and mothers obtain information about this natural process, the hygiene that must be kept, and everything about the menstrual cycle.

4. You shouldn’t touch a menstruating woman
Taboos also have deep religious origins. Religion has shaped morality in general, and with it, myths and prejudices about how things should be. For some religions, the arrival of menstruation marks a period of impurity and filth.

The woman, now impure, should not have contact with her husband or others because if she did, she would cause them to commit serious faults that would lead to misfortune and isolation from the community.

Even ancient encyclopedias report that touching menstrual blood “sours the wine”, dries up the seeds, makes the steel of the swords dull, and turns crops sterile.

Fortunately, we can verify that nothing related to this menstruation taboo actually happens.

5. Ignoring menstrual pain
On the other hand, in developed countries, access to information and globalization have allowed menstrual education to permeate through all levels of society. Some countries’ labor systems have allowed for menstrual days, in which the pains and symptoms that come with menstruation are recognized and allow women who wish to rest for a couple of days.

However, there is still a certain taboo. Endometriosis is basically ignored in countries like Spain, in which studies reveal that a high percentage of women suffer from this condition but are unaware that it exists. Therefore, it’s not a recurring topic of conversation and these pains end up being “normal period symptoms.”

In many cases, this prevents early diagnosis and allows the endometriosis to worsen until the need for surgical intervention.

Some common myths about periods

1. Drinking lemon juice cuts off menstruation
False. Some girls have been told that eating citrus fruits cut off their menstruation, but this is just a myth.

Even if you thought about using this because of your weekend vacation on the beach, it’s completely ineffective because citric acid from fruits doesn’t influence your uterus. What you may end up with is indigestion because acids are very strong for the stomach.

2. You can’t bathe on the beach or in the pool
False. Of course, you can enter the water during your period and this will neither shorten your period nor cause damage to your intimate area.

With cold water, the blood vessels constrict, causing your menstruation to be contained while you’re in the water. To avoid staining your swimsuit, the menstrual cup is your best ally for days at the beach or the pool.

3. Menstruation has to last 28 days.

False. The normal duration of the menstrual cycle has been determined to range between 22 and 35 days for the period’s arrival.

4. You can’t get pregnant if you have intercourse on your period.
Also false. Although it’s rather unlikely, sperm can live inside the vagina for up to five days. If your menstrual cycle is shorter, the ovulation period is closer to the end of menstruation and therefore a sperm could fertilize the newly arrived ovum.

What should we do to contribute to menstrual education?

Our work is important. Menstruation taboos are part of a culture molded around morality, but you can contribute your small part to modify it. Educate yourself and begin to break the stigma already imposed. Don’t echo myths, and contribute to society by clarifying girls’ doubts and educating generations.

This 2019, Period. End of sentence won the Oscar for best documentary after reporting the lives of women who manufacture textiles for menstruation. This documentary contributes to the education of feminine hygiene and the situation of girls around the world regarding the period.

This is the best way to bridge the gender gap since false beliefs feed off of ignorance. Menstruation is a natural process of ours. It is part of the cycle to create life, and we should not feel ashamed when talking about it.

It contributes to the empowerment of women and denies the false belief that menstruation makes us weaker, impure, or less capable. All of these are myths.

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Online Advising for your Menstrual Cup

Menstruation is still a taboo even in the most developed societies, but the menstrual cup is a revolutionary invention that has not only improved intimate hygiene health but has demonstrated the importance of menstrual education.

At Sileu, we not only care about providing this education: we take care of advising girls who want to make the magical change towards the menstrual cup, by using the latest online technology with chatbots, online appointment booking, Whatsapp, and a blog filled with articles and videos that can give you the confidence to quickly learn how to use a menstrual cup.

Studies have already been completed that prove the menstrual cup is very safe, does not allow leaks, and does not cause infections. However, there are still certain barriers such as shyness and fear, which still need to be overcome to leave pads and tampons behind.

Sileucup is the highest-rated and most sold menstrual cup online, and you can check it out by reading our product reviews on Amazon. We’ve received so much feedback from our clients, and this has helped us gather a lot of information and familiarize ourselves with all situations that may arise. We analyze these situations, as well as provide solutions in collaboration with specialized gynecologists when necessary for cases where there are conditions that may or may not be compatible with menstrual cup use. Finally, we resolve any questions or concerns for the safest and most correct way to use the menstrual cups.

Sileu advises you: five ways to answer your questions.

At Sileu, we have one goal: to share information, educate, and give advice through many forms of media about the use of the menstrual cup. In this way, women can look for information, ask for help, seek advice on particular cases, and resolve any worries while making the transition toward the menstrual cup.

online advising for your menstrual cup

  1. Sileu Blog: Sileu’s blog has all kinds of information related to the menstrual cup, quality certification processes, and everything related to menstruation. There you will be able to find the tricks to insert, take out, and clean the menstrual cup, tips to measure your cervix and vaginal length to choose your ideal menstrual cup, and much more.
    This is the place where we write articles to help women and girls understand the world of menstrual cups, feminine hygiene, and menstrual education. It is here where we give power to information supporting female empowerment, leave myths and menstrual taboos behind, and encourage that menstruation to be seen for what it is: a natural process.

videos and online advising for your menstrual cup

2. Videos by Sileu: Sileu’s videos will help you understand everything about menstrual cups much better. These videos and tutorials visually explain how to place your menstrual cup, which cup you should choose according to each case, how to remove the cup, and much more. You can find them on the Sileu Videos page and YouTube.

 

3. Sileu Chatbot: If you didn’t find what you were sileu chatbot: online advising for your menstrual cuplooking for on the Sileu blog or in the videos, there is always an active chat on the official Sileu page, which allows you to ask all kinds of questions at any time of the day. A Chatbot is a program that simulates a conversation with a person by providing automatic responses to messages or questions asked by the user. In addition, ChatBot is constantly renewing and learning in order to automatically respond to new frequently asked questions, so you won’t have to wait long to resolve your concerns. It is also designed to identify keywords from Sileu Blog articles, so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. It appears in the corner at the bottom right of each page on the Sileu website. If for some reason our Chatbot runs out of resources or doesn’t have an answer, a human is notified to take its place and answer your questions promptly. All conversations are recorded to be analyzed and for reprogramming our Chatbot to respond quickly whenever the user needs it.

online advising for your menstrual cup

4. Online and Face-to-Face Appointments with an Advisor: Yes– now you can request an appointment where you will receive personalized advice for any of your concerns or questions about the menstrual cup. Through the Sileu Facebook page, you can select the date and time you are available to receive help from Sileu-qualified personnel.
Additionally, you can make an appointment to personally visit their offices in Cordoba, Spain. There, they will give you all the information you need to encourage you to use the menstrual cup. They are also available to help you by phone.

Whatsapp advising

 

5. WhatsApp: We provide you with a Whatsapp phone number to make online chat queries through Whatsapp

 

 

 

 

Receiving so much feedback from our customers has also helped us to understand the needs of the market by developing new products for cleaning (Sileuclean) and carrying the cup (Sileucase).

We encourage you to join the menstrual cup movement. In Sileu, you will always find the relevant help quickly and in a timely manner to solve all your doubts.

A Basic Guide to Birth Control Pills: Myths and Realities

Pastillas anticonceptivas

One of the most popular contraceptives for women around the world is birth control pills. A revolutionary, effective method for preventing pregnancies, it gave women the power to make decisions regarding their sexuality since the 60s.

But beyond preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill is a hormonal method with many other uses. It is prescribed by gynecologists to treat hormonal disorders, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), and other abnormalities in the endocrine system.

Here, we will show you how the “pill” works, what effects it has on your body, how to stop taking it, and the most common myths about this oral contraceptive.

How do birth control pills work and what are they made of?

birth control pillsBirth control pills are a method that involves synthetic hormones (artificially manufactured), which simulate estrogen and progesterone function. These natural female hormones are responsible for your menstrual cycle.

Normally, estrogen rises during the first days of the menstrual cycle to produce the ovule that seeks fertilization during the days following your period. Then, a rise in progesterone creates the ideal environment to nourish the embryo; when fertilization does not occur, these hormones decrease to give way to menstruation.

The function of birth control pills is to block the formation of the ovule, increase the thickness of the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from passing through, and make the uterine lining so thin that implantation cannot exist.

These pills are taken over a period of 21 consecutive days and 7 days off. At the end of this seventh day, menstruation subsides and another 21-day cycle should begin. Some brands that combine contraceptives contain 28 pills to be taken consecutively.

The effectiveness of the pill in preventing pregnancies lies in taking it every day without fail. When the steps are not followed exactly, its efficiency declines and there is a risk of pregnancy.

Best known components

  • Ethinyl estradiol
  • Cyproterone
  • Drospirenone
  • Norethindrone
  • Norgestimate
  • Levonorgestrel

If I’m already taking the birth control pill, how can I stop taking it?

decidingThere are several reasons why you might want to stop taking the birth control pill. What if I forget to take several pills? Or if I want to get pregnant, when will I be fertile again?

There are factors that you should consider before leaving the pill. It won’t hurt you to stop using any hormonal methods, but if you can, check for any other symptoms.

  1. The most advisable thing to do is to stop using this contraceptive method once the pack has been finished. This way, you finish the complete cycle to which the pills are assigned and start the next one without taking any. By the way, it’s natural that when beginning the treatment, you have spotting or intermenstrual bleeding.
  2. If you forget to take one or more pills, you lost the pack, or you notice any secondary effects that require stop in the middle of the cycle, the next step is to wait for your period. Even if you’re on your 14th day of the cycle, for example, and stop the pills, you may get your period in the next two days. Don’t be alarmed. It’s completely natural and is called withdrawal bleeding. However, this could alter your cycle for at least a few months, and while normal, it’s still advisable that you try to never to forget a pill.
  3. You leave the pill and start to become fertile. The hormones have no retroactive effects on your body, which means that by forgetting or leaving them completely, you can get pregnant if you don’t use another method of protection. Later, we’ll clarify this point by discussing myths about oral contraceptive methods.
  4. It is likely that if you previously suffered from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), you will again have these symptoms that include belly pain, cramping, mood swings, acne, and fluid retention.
  5. If you previously had hormonal disorders, dysmenorrhea, or did not have a period, all these issues will likely come back to your life. There are natural remedies that will help you relieve menstrual pains.

Myths and truths about birth control pills

birth control pills

  1. I WILL GAIN WEIGHT BY TAKING THE PILL.

Negative.

This is one of the most popular myths. It is neither verified nor is there conclusive evidence that contraceptive pills affect your weight on a large scale. The variations can be tiny and are related to the retention of liquids. But could it lower your weight? Also, no– although we should clarify that the increase in muscle mass is smaller in women who take contraceptive tablets than those who don’t.

2. It can only be taken by adult women or those with an active sexual life.

False.

Hormonal methods, as we stated earlier, have many other uses. It is sometimes prescribed by gynecologists and endocrinologists to treat hormonal disorders even for women at an early age. It is also recommended in cases of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, secondary dysmenorrhea, etc.

3. You need to wait “so many” months to get pregnant.

Again, negative.

You could get pregnant even if you skip pills during treatment.

Besides, it’s a myth that by years of taking oral contraceptives decreases your fertility. As we’ve stated earlier, the pill has no cumulative or retroactive effect on your body. If you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, you can rule out this option, and we recommend you consult a fertility doctor.

4. It’s one of the most effective methods.

True, true, true.

The contraceptive pill is one of the most effective pregnancy prevention methods that exist, as long as they are taken properly.

It’s important to note that it is NOT a protective mechanism against sexually transmitted diseases.

5. Over time, they increase the probability of cancer.

False. Studies reveal that the people who have taken oral contraceptive methods are less prone to suffer from ovarian cancer. There is no evidence to prove they are carcinogenic.

6. If I forget to take one, I can just take two the next time.

False. What you can do is that if you happen to forget one of the tablets, you can take it before 36 hours from the previous one without a problem. Nevertheless, taking a double dose will not increase the contraceptive effect.

Additionally, if this happens on several occasions, it’s recommended to use a complementary contraceptive method since the pill would lose its effectiveness.

Conclusion

You should not prescribe yourself any birth control pill. Your doctor will know what is best for your body and how it works.

Some side effects do arise from the use of oral contraceptives, so it’s important that if you suffer from cardiac, circulatory problems, or even if you are over 35 years of age, see a doctor before taking any of these hormonal methods.