Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons, but for some reason, they never became as popular. Gynecologists have confirmed that they hold more fluid than their counterparts — including tampons and pads — and depending on your flow, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours. In addition, this feminine hygiene product is cost-effective, odor-eliminating, and environmentally-friendly which is why it’s a great option if you have really heavy flow.
Unlike many of the products available today, menstrual cups don’t cause vaginal dryness, thus, preserving the bacterial balance of your vagina. This ultimately protects you from vaginal infections such as yeast and bacterial vaginosis. However, the only catch to using one is to ensure you opt for an appropriate size. Cups generally come in two sizes — small and large — and what you use depends on a number of factors like age, the flexibility of the cup, the strength of your pelvic floor muscles, length of your cervix, etc. According to the health publication authority HealthLine:
“Smaller menstrual cups are usually recommended for women younger than 30 years old who haven’t delivered vaginally. Larger sizes are often recommended for women who are over 30 years old, have given birth vaginally, or have a heavier period.” However, it is best to speak with your gynecologist before making a final decision.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene device that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to collect menstrual fluid to prevent it from leaking onto clothes. They are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem. The stem is used for insertion and removal.
If you’re just learning about menstrual cups, included below is an in-depth video guide that shows you how to use them, how they work, as well as other important information. Having said that, let’s discuss four interesting facts about menstrual cups that can make your life easier.
Here are 4 interesting things you didn’t know about menstrual cups…
#1. The stem can be trimmed
We know most menstrual cups come with a stem for easy removal. You’ll also know right away if the stem doesn’t work for you as it will be uncomfortable. It’s comforting to know that the stem can be trimmed with scissors to suit you. However, be careful so as not to cut into the cup. Leaving a smaller stem or no stem at all depends on what makes you happy and/or comfortable.
#2. It’s eco and wallet-friendly
We said this before, but now let’s share further. Because these cups are reusable, they are great for the environment and your budget and one can last up to 10 years! That means less waste in landfills and less money over time, although, it costs more at initial purchase. It’s also very important to note that these benefits do not apply to disposable menstrual cup brands, but the reusable options.
#3. Menstrual cups are safer to use
Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb blood, so this means you’re not at risk of getting toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare bacterial infection associated with tampon use.
#4. Bathroom breaks are safe
Bowel movements may cause slight discomfort and probably cause your cup to move down but it is still safe! If you’re worried about it falling out, just use some toilet paper to hold it in place while you go, then push it back into place afterwards. Yes, it’s that easy!
Watch: How to use a menstrual cup…
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