When can I start using a menstrual cup after childbirth?

When can I start using a menstrual cup after childbirth?
Are you wondering if and when you can start using a menstrual cup after giving birth? After childbirth, it is common to have a lot of bleeding, whether you had a vaginal birth or a caesarean section. You might think it's okay to use a menstrual cup, but after childbirth you shouldn't use a menstrual cup that is inserted into the vagina because there is a high risk of infection before the vagina has recovered properly. 


Think about this after childbirth 

The first few days after giving birth, you will bleed. This bleeding is called discharge, it lasts for different lengths of time and everyone bleeds differently. But even if you bleed, you should avoid using a menstrual cup or other vaginal protection during the first few weeks because of the risk of infection. This applies both if you gave birth vaginally or by caesarean section. 
It is a good idea to ask your midwife at the postnatal check-up if you have recovered properly and can start using a vaginal contraceptive device.  


How long should I wait with a menstrual cup after giving birth? 

It usually takes about 8-12 weeks for your body to recover after childbirth, but this varies from person to person. During this time, you should visit your midwife for a check-up. Once you have recovered and your period has started again after pregnancy and childbirth, we recommend trying a menstrual cup. If you're breastfeeding, your mucous membranes may be drier and more fragile than usual, and a menstrual cup is likely to be kinder to your genitals than a tampon because it collects fluid rather than absorbing it. 


Changes after childbirth 

As your body goes through changes both during and after your pregnancy, you may need to buy a new menstrual cup after having a baby. If you find that the menstrual cup you used before your pregnancy is no longer comfortable to use, or if you're trying out a menstrual cup for the first time, it's a good idea to try one that's designed to fit no matter what you look like or what your needs are, like our FlowCup Flex.
It's not surprising if you find it takes time to feel comfortable using a menstrual cup again after your pregnancy. There may be several reasons why it doesn't work at first, as your body has changed. For example, if you find that it is more difficult to go to the toilet with the menstrual cup inserted at first, remove the menstrual cup and reinsert it as usual afterwards. 
After childbirth, the uterine appendage may be further down than it was before, so it is a good idea to experiment and be patient when inserting the menstrual cup. 
If you are accustomed to using a menstrual cup, it may be easier to start using pads again after your pregnancy. But whether you've used a menstrual cup before or it's your first time, you may need to try it out! 

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