It’s no secret, menstrual cups are the future. They’re a game changer. Comfortable and healthy for your body, reducing toxic waste on our planet - we can go on and on and on. The cup revolution is on the rise, and more and more women switch to the #CupLife every day.
One of the frequently asked questions when it comes to switching to the cup is can you wear a cup after pregnancy?
The short answer is yes… But!
The long answer… is actually a few more questions: What size should I get? How long should I wait after I’ve given birth before I start using a cup? Does it matter if I’ve had a CSection or vaginal birth?
So, let’s answer them!
How long after giving birth should I wait before I start using a menstrual cup?
After you’ve given birth, post-partum bleeding occurs. This bleeding lasts for about 6 weeks. During this time, it is highly discouraged and not recommended to put anything in your vagina, or have sex. This is a period when your body is still recovering from giving birth, so it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and take good care of yourself to avoid any complications. After this period, you can consult with your doctor and see if you’ve recovered to the point where wearing a cup is once again advisable.
What size menstrual cup should I get?
You know you don’t have the right size if your cup is leaking or doesn’t feel comfortable when you insert it. These are the two main indicators that maybe you haven’t chosen the right cup for you, and that you might need a bigger or a smaller one.
Although sizing isn’t an exact science, there are still a few things you can do to narrow it down as much as possible. Often cup companies recommend that women who have given birth go with a larger cup to accommodate for any changes after you’ve given birth, but it is not true that giving birth guarantees you will need a large cup.
Another thing that can help you decide is your flow. Women with heavier flows find a larger cup to work better for them than a smaller one.
If you still can’t decide - you can get both. In fact, Rebel Kate currently offers a package of two cups, a smaller and a bigger one, for a very affordable price. This way you can’t go wrong!
What if I had a C-Section?
Whether you had a C-Section or not, your body changes after you get pregnant, during pregnancy and after pregnancy - both on a hormonal and an anatomical level. This will result in changes when it comes to your menstrual cycle, and your body will need some time to recover and go back to normal or as close as it can to what it used to be before you’ve given birth. So, even if you had a C-Section, there will be post-partum changes that you will closely look into with your doctor on your regular appointments. Your doctor will address possible issues and keep you updated on how your recovery is going, so it is very important to consult with them whether your birth was vaginal or a C-Section.