Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons but for some reason never became as popular. They are a cost-effective, odour-eliminating, environmentally-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Unlike tampons, they do not cause vaginal dryness. This preserves the bacterial balance of your vagina, and ultimately, protects you from vaginal infections such as yeast and bacterial vaginosis.
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, I’ve included a video below which shows how they work and other important things you should know. Otherwise, let’s learn some more about menstrual cups.
Here are 4 things you didn’t know about the menstrual cup…
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 or comfortable.
2. It’s eco and wallet-friendly
These cups are reusable and equally cost-effective being that they can last up to 10 years. That means less waste in landfills and less money over time even if it costs more at initial purchase. It’s also very important to note that these benefits do not apply to disposable menstrual cup brands.
3. Menstrual cups are safer
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 here…
Now that we’ve let you in a little about the menstrual cup, would you give it a trial? Be sure to let us know your experience in the comment section.
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