Menstrual Cups: A Healthier, More Comfortable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative for Feminine Hygiene
Once you get the hang of using a menstrual cup, emptying it isn’t any messier than changing a tampon. You simply empty the contents into the toilet and rinse it out before reinserting it. If you are in a public restroom when you need to empty it, you can get away with simply wiping it out with toilet paper and cleaning it better when you have more privacy, though, since you can leave it in for up to 12 hours, you likely won’t have to empty it in public very often.
At the end of your period, before storing your cup away until next month, you will need to clean it thoroughly. Some women prefer to boil their cups to disinfect them, but this isn’t necessary. You can also clean it with regular antibacterial soap, special wash meant specifically for menstrual cups, or even cleaner meant for “adult novelties” (make sure it says it’s safe for silicone if you choose to go this route). Once you get into the routine of using a menstrual cup, it isn’t difficult at all!