How to choose the right size of Lunette menstrual cup?

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The Lunette menstrual cup model 1:

We recommend Lunette menstrual cup model 1 for those with light to moderate flow, younger people, or those who have never had intercourse. The diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches). The stem measures 25 mm (1 inch). The volume of the cup is 25 ml (0.85 fl oz). 

The Lunette menstrual cup model 2:

Lunette menstrual cup model 2 is recommended for those who have a normal or heavier flow. The diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches). The stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches). The volume of the cup is 30 ml (1.0 fl oz).

The Lunette menstrual cups are soft and pliable, however, model 1 is made of softer silicone than model 2.

When in doubt. Go with the flow. If you tend to have a more heavy menstrual flow consider the size 2. 

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Today’s Word of the Day is Menstrual Cup!

Not a “you must drink the blood of this coven” kind of cup, but a tiny silicone cup that collects menstrual fluid during a person’s period! Menstrual cups are placed inside of the vaginal canal, and they collect fluids rather than absorbing them. Some are disposable, but many brands make versions that are reusable! “Oh, that’s so unhygienic!” Actually, it doesn’t have to be. Like most things, how clean something is depends on the person who is using it and their behaviors. The first few times using one can be a bit awkward and messy, but once you get used to them, it’s a breeze. Reusable cups must be cleaned with unscented soap and hot water in between insertions, while disposable cups should be thrown away as per package instructions. Unlike tampons, menstrual cups are not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Some brands even manufacture cups of such high-grade silicone that they can be reused for up to thirty years. Cups come in different sizes, colors, and styles, so you get to choose one just for you and your body! 

Today’s Word of the Day is Menophilia!

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“I’ll take it rare, please!” If menstrual blood gets you going, you might have menophilia! Menophilia is the sexual attraction to menstruation. Regardless of whether or not you have menophilia, sexy time doesn’t need to stop because it’s shark week. Orgasms can even help relieve menstrual cramps! If you’re not in a fluid-bound relationship or you’re maybe not as into the taste of blood as Edward Cullen, make sure to use dental dams, condoms, and/or gloves when setting sail in the red sea.   Have you earned your red wings?

 

Word Of The Day: dysmenorrhea

Periods, man. The experience is different for everyone who menstruates, but it’s common to find the pleasant experience of your uterus violently expelling blood and inner lining accompanied with some degree of pain. It might not help you to know this, but there is a fancy medical name for period pain: dysmenorrhea.

There are two main classifications of dysmenorrhea: primary dysmenorrhea, which isn’t associated with any specific abnormality, and secondary dysmenorrhea, which is pain caused by an underlying gynecological problem. There isn’t really any method for you to classify which one you fall under without seeing a doctor, but if you are a) experiencing bad cramps that are out of the ordinary and feel drastically different from the usual pain your experience, or b) experiencing pain that drastically inhibits your ability to function, i.e. by making you pass out or physically incapable of moving, those are probably good times to check out a gynocologist.

Some other tips for keeping the dysmenorrhea as manageable as possible:

  • take some painkillers
  • put a hot water bottle over your pelvis
  • consider switching to hormonal birth control
  • lie in different positions until you find one that is comfortable
  • wear loose clothing
  • take dietary supplements such as Omega-3, thiamine, and Vitamin E supplements

Here’s to making that time of the month less of a dread!

Source: http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/dysmenorrhea

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Well, here’s another twist in the debate over whether birth control is an essential health benefit. More than 1.5 million American women use birth control pills for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, a new analysis finds.

The nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, using federal survey data from the National Survey of Family Growth, found that 14 percent of pill users said they were taking the medication for a purpose other than contraception.

The pill users include an estimated 762,000 women who’ve never had sex. Ninety-five percent of them cited reasons other than birth control for their use of the pill.

Such as?

Among the reasons for using oral contraception other than the most obvious one are reducing cramps associated with periods, regulating periods, which for some women can prevent menstrual-related migraine headaches.

Other uses include controlling endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus, and reducing bleeding due to uterine fibroid tumors.

Some women also use birth control pills to control acne.

In fact, the study found, most women who use the pill use it for multiple reasons. Only a minority — 42 percent — said they used it exclusively for contraception.

“It is well established that oral contraceptives are essential health care because they prevent unintended pregnancies,” said study author Rachel Jones. “This study shows that there are other important health reasons why oral contraceptive should be readily available to the millions of women who rely on them each year.”

The recent regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring every health plan to offer hormonal contraceptives including the pill, however, remains, controversial. Some religious health organizations say it would force them to choose between offering health insurance and violating their beliefs.

[Also on Guttmacher and MSNBC]

A good reminder that hormonal birth control is useful for a whole lot more than just pregnancy prevention - and that using it for these other purposes can also mean the difference between health and injury in many cases.