Pregnancy changes pretty much every.little.thing about a mother, sometimes temporarily and sometimes (I'm looking at you, hips) it seems like they're changed for good. Especially in an area that sees all sorts of changes through pregnancy, and then labor, delivery and postpartum, it's only natural to wonder how menstrual cycles (and the paraphernalia we use) are affected too.
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In an article with SELF magazine, Dr. Sherry Ross said that the vagina goes through many changes, but is still pretty resilient and mostly goes back to 'normal' after pushing and stretching with a vaginal birth. Obviously, we know the vagina is about the most amazing transformer there is, for that resiliency alone. But, Dr. Ross, who is an OBGYN and women's health expert, also says that some situations may leave a vagina being slightly bigger than it had been in the past, and only when it's time to use tampons or menstrual cups might a mama even notice.
Many menstrual cup makers know this as they offer different sizes and even speaks of who best fits them. For example, popular DivaCup makes different sizes. Model 0 is for young women under the age of 18, while Model 1 is recommended for women who have never had a baby (vaginally or by c-section) and are under 30 years old. Model 2 is the recommendation for those who are 30-years or older and/or who have had a baby either by c-section or vaginally. The size difference is barely a 1/8th of an inch different, when comparing the cup sizes, but they still are there because women who have babies may need that extra 1/8th of an inch after. Lunette also suggests a slightly bigger size after pregnancy because of the changes in a postpartum body.
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Women who are postpartum should not rely on a menstrual cup to manage postpartum bleeding, and really should refrain from anything like intercourse, douching, tampons or something that could cause infection being introduced back into the vagina until your provider says it's safe.
But, once the go-ahead has been given, it's completely safe to use a menstrual cup, and completely normal that you might need to change your size.
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