Are menstrual cups safe for teens or young girls? What is the best menstrual cup brand for beginners?
If you’re looking for an answer to these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Asan specialises in manufacturing the highest quality menstrual cups as well as providing accurate and helpful information around periods.
In this blog, we’ll dive into using a menstrual cup for the first time as a beginner, teen or younger girl.
firstly: are menstrual cups safe for young girls?
This is a question we get asked a lot. The short answer: cups are safe for everyone with a period, no matter your age.
That said, period products are a very personal choice, and younger girls should use cups if they feel confident and comfortable.
Since menstrual cups require insertion, you need to be comfortable putting something inside your vagina – which can take practice. If you’ve just got your first period, you might want to use pads or period underwear for a few cycles to become comfortable with the process of having periods. Once you are more used to having periods, you can move on to trying a cup.
You might want to get used to inserting a clean finger into the vagina before you try a cup for the first time.
Please rest assured that we have thousands of teen girls who happily and comfortably used the Asan cup!
can menstrual cups be used by unmarried girls or women?
Of course they can! Marriage has nothing to do with using menstrual cups. A period cup is simply a device for managing your period flow, and has nothing to do with whether you are married.
We sometimes get the question “Do virgin girls use menstrual cups?” – which refers to girls who have not yet had penetrative sex.
At Asan, we make a clear distinction between the concept of “virginity” (linked to having sex) and the use of period products such as cups and tampons. Using an insertable period product cannot “take your virginity”.
As long as you are comfortable with inserting and removing a cup, you can use it at any age or stage of life.
which is the best menstrual cup for beginners?
For teens and first-time users, we recommend a menstrual cup that is on the smaller and/or softer side – this will be easier to insert and remove compared with a larger or firmer cup.
We also recommend a cup with an easy removal mechanism, such as Asan’s handy removal ring – as this makes the process of taking your cup out extremely quick and easy.
If you are looking for the best menstrual cup for beginners with heavy flow then we would suggest going for the combo pack of two Asan cups – which contains both a light/medium flow cup as well as a heavy flow cup.
You can start out by using the light/medium flow cup, and once you are used to it, you can move on to the heavy flow cup which is slightly larger and firmer.
can i use a menstrual cup for outdoor activities? what’s the best menstrual cup for camping?
Great question! Teens love outdoor activities such as hiking and camping – and menstrual cups make these activities so much easier.
The best menstrual cup for an active lifestyle is definitely the Asan cup, as it allows you to swim, run, hike and do yoga without fear of leaks.
You can definitely take your Asan cup on a camping trip. You can wear it for up to 12 hours without emptying it – which is two to three times longer than a pad or tampon.
If you need to empty your cup on a hike or camping trip, just remove it, emptying the contents into nature, wash it with clean water and re-insert.
Another reason that cups are great for camping as they don’t leave behind plastic waste – great for you and great for our planet!
i’ve read that cervix height is important. what is the best menstrual cup for a high cervix and the best menstrual cup for a low cervix?
The cervix, also known as the neck of the womb, is the entrance to your womb. It is located at the top of the vaginal canal.
Some menstrual cup brands recommend different cups for “high, “average” and “low” cervix. A high cervix means you have more space from the start of your vaginal canal to the cervix (for example, you can insert a whole finger into your vagina).
A low cervix means you have less space from the start of your vaginal canal to the cervix (for example, you can only insert half your finger).
Having worked closely with gynaecologists on our sizing guide, Asan does not recommend choosing a cup primarily based on cervix height. This is because most of us can easily fit a menstrual cup inside our vaginal canal.
Furthermore, your cervix position shifts throughout the menstrual cycle, making it very difficult to measure accurately.
Rather than cervix height, we suggest choosing your cup primarily based on your period flow. If you can wear pads or tampons for 6 hours without leaking through, go for the Asan light/medium flow cup.
If you leak through pads or tampons within 6 hours, go for our heavy flow cup.
Keep in mind that the heavy flow cup is slightly firmer, so you might want to try the light/medium flow cup first if you are a teen or beginner.