Considering using a menstrual cup as a teen?
If you’re new to getting your period, you will probably be considering all the options for managing your menstrual flow. The JuJu Menstrual Cup is a cone-shaped reusable cup designed to collect menstrual fluid. The cup has gained popularity in recent years, proving to be a favourite alternative for people young and old.
Apprehensive? Let’s look at some facts around menstrual cups to address some questions you may have.
Will a menstrual cup work for me?
Mostly, but there are some anatomical reasons or medical conditions where a menstrual cup may not be suitable. If you have any medical concerns, which you think may prevent you from being able to use a cup, read our section on suitability, speak to your parents and ask your parents if you can see a GP.
Will I lose my virginity if I use a menstrual cup?
No, in most western cultures you are considered a virgin until you have sexual intercourse. Whilst internal menstrual products like menstrual cups and tampons may stretch or tear the hymen (the thin membrane that covers or partly covers the opening to the vagina), you are still considered to be a virgin until you have sex. If keeping your hymen intact is important to you, your culture or religion, then no form of internal sanitary products should be used. If you are a virgin, you can find lots of helpful tips for making a menstrual cup work for you here.
Does using a menstrual cup hurt?
For some people. First-time users are often concerned about pain and discomfort associated with the use of a cup. Using a menstrual cup does require some knowledge of your anatomy and can take a bit of practice to get used to. Our bodies are all different and some people are able to use a menstrual cup without any discomfort whilst others may find it uncomfortable when starting out, particularly on insertion and removal, as the cup passes through the vaginal opening. Once inserted, the cup opens and forms a suction seal with the vaginal walls. The walls of the vaginal canal are like elastic, and stretch to allow for intercourse and childbirth so it is unlikely you will feel any discomfort once the menstrual cup has been inserted. If you already have purchased a menstrual cup, read these tips for first-time menstrual cup users to help make insertion easier, and if you are experiencing pain, find out what to do here.
Can a menstrual cup get lost or stuck?
No, a menstrual cup cannot get lost in your vagina. The cervix sits above the cup and covers the entrance to the uterus/womb. A menstrual cup may, however, be difficult to remove if you have selected the incorrect size and have a longer vaginal canal or if it has been allowed to open too high and has suction to your cervix, rather than the vaginal walls. If you do experience difficulty removing your menstrual cup, follow the removal tips.
What size menstrual cup should an adolescent or teen use?
Selecting the correct size cup for your body is important for your comfort and for the cup to work correctly. A menstrual cup that is too small may leak as a proper suction seal will not be formed. A cup that is too large may not open or may cause discomfort. There are several factors to consider when choosing a size including your age, childbirth history and cervical position. A guide to choosing a menstrual cup size exists to help you choose the right size for your body.
Will a menstrual cup leak?
If the correct size has been chosen and the cup has been correctly inserted, a menstrual cup should not leak. Read the online user guide or the user guide included with your cup when you receive it. If you are still experiencing leaks, check out this guide: 6 Reasons Why Your Menstrual Cup is Leaking (and How to Fix It)
How many menstrual cups will I need?
You only need one menstrual cup. We recommend keeping your menstrual cup in your school bag so it’s always have it on hand. Remember to pop your cup in your handbag or pocket if you are heading out without you school bag and think your period may be about to start.
Why choose a menstrual cup?
Unlike disposable tampons and pads, a menstrual cup is reusable; there is no waste or packaging so they are much better for the environment. Whilst the initial outlay for a menstrual cup is higher than that of disposables, they last for many years; saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Menstrual cups are more convenient; you’ll never have to worry about buying or running out of tampons or pads if you use a menstrual cup. Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 8 hours, holds two to three times the volume of a tampon or pad and is completely internal so it allows you to go about your day-to-day activities with confidence.
We recommend talking to your parents about your options and read the tips for teens using menstrual cups if you are considering using a menstrual cup.
If you are a parent, guardian or person working with adolescents, you may like to consider this tip for creating a period positive house.