I’m sure not if many of us are aware about this invention which can prove to be a boon for the entire womanhood. After a long research and innumerous trials, Menstrual Cups are being manufactured and introduced to women. Now, it’s time to reconsider your options and choose a better alternative to pads and tampons. Menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene cup that is made out of medical grade silicone which is flexible and shaped like a bell. Read more on this and find out if you should make the switch!
Menstrual cups are made out of medical grade silicone which is healthy for a women’s health, even vagina. They vary in sizes too. It goes from small to large, a woman can choose her size based on the size of her vagina and also considering the fact if she has ever given birth vaginally. Menstrual cups are mostly extra flexible, but that depends upon the brand. The smaller the size, the more it would be flexible. Some companies offer a firmness level too when it comes to menstrual cups.
How to Use:
A menstrual cup is first folded and then is inserted directly under the vagina, and it can stay there up to 12 long hours. If inserted correctly, it leaves no space for leakage or stains. Blood gets collected in the cup which can be emptied, cleaned and reused again. Those who have heavy flow should always go for menstrual cups as the capacity is more than tampons and pads.
After 12 hours, you can are advised to check the cups by taking it out and watching how much blood is collected. The cup is removed by reaching up to the stem of the cup in order to find the base. Simply pulling on the stem is not recommended to remove the cup, as pulling it down will create suction. The base of the cup is pinched to release the seal, and then the cup is removed. After emptying, the cup should be rinsed or wiped and then reinserted. It can be washed with a mild soap, and sterilized in boiling water for a few minutes at the end of the cycle.
Like the rest of other fancy things, menstrual cups too are available in an array of colors.. Most of the cups are colourless, transparent silicone. The dyes used for coloring the cups are safe for usage, especially in sensitive areas. Translucent cups lose their initial appearance faster than coloured ones – they tend to get yellowish stains with regular use. The shade of a coloured cup may change over time, though stains are often not as obvious on coloured cups. Stains on any colour of cup can often be removed or at least lightened by soaking the cup in diluted hydrogen peroxide and/or leaving it out in the sun for a few hours.
Pros of Menstrual Cups:
• All the blood released is collected in the menstrual cup, so there is no chance of leakage
• Menstrual cups are more hygienic than tampons and pads, as a research suggested that pads tend to absorb all the water content from the vagina making it dry and favourable for bacterial breeding
• They can go a long way, upto 8-10 years
• You save a lot of money too
• This cup can allow a woman to know more accurately about the kind of blood being released during her monthly cycles, about which she can speak to her doctor
Cons of Menstrual Cups:
• Due to high prices of menstrual cups, women from low income background cannot afford to buy these
• You cannot wear this for a long journey as you find no place to sterilise it and wear it again. You’ll have to consider pads in such cases as they can be trashed quickly
• Some women find it painful while inserting menstrual cups into their vagina, no matter how flexible it is
• Cleaning menstrual cups in public place may be a problem
• Insertion products are unacceptable as per some cultural and religious norms
• Women with pelvic organ prolapse may not be able to use menstrual cups (or tampons) comfortably or safely
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