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What runners need to know about menstrual cups:

Many other female athletes report similar positive experiences, says Elizabeth Stevenson-Gargiulo, D.O., an obstetrician/gynecologist on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (and a blogger at runningthroughpregnancy.com ). Here, learn the basics about this lesser-known way to cope with your monthly visitor. Q: A menstrual what, now? You read it right—a menstrual cup . This flexible device, usually made of silicone, resembles an upside-down bell with a firm ring around the top about the size of a ponytail holder. To use it, you squeeze the ring, fold the cup, and place it in your vagina, rotating and pushing up until it rests right underneath your pubic bone. As you let go, the ring forms a seal inside your vaginal walls, collecting menstrual blood. “It's kind of like a baggie for your cervix,” says Wendy Conway, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist...

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