Change can be a good thing especially when it comes to women and our monthly needs. About a month ago I found myself out of my feminine essentials and like ladies everywhere I headed to the store to re-up. While perusing the isle I stumbled upon one product option that had me curious enough to buy it and try it. It was a menstrual cup. At first glance I was like nah, not for me but, then I read more about it and found that I never had to buy another sanitary napkin or tampon again. Now this cup may not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try and here’s why…
What Is A Menstrual Cup?
A reusable menstrual cup, made from a soft, silicon rubber and is around two inches long. It is worn internally like a tampon but collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing. Unlike tampons, a menstrual cup is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one.
How Much Fluid Can A Menstrual Cup Contain?
The cups will hold approximately 30ml of fluid, which is roughly one third of the average total produced each period. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls allowing your menstrual fluid to pass into the cup without leakage or odor. You will probably find that you need to empty your menstrual cup less frequently than you currently replace pads or tampons.
Why Is A Menstrual Cup Better?
Menstrual cups are so much better for your body, the environment and your pay packet! Menstrual cups are better for your body because:
- Tampons absorb 65% menstrual fluid and 35% natural moisture, creating imbalances in the moisture and pH levels of the vagina.Menstrual cups do not interfere with your healthy vaginal environment
- A menstrual cup will not deposit fibers in your vaginal wall.
- Menstrual cups have not been associated with toxic shock syndrome.
- Menstrual cups contain no bleaches, deodorizers or absorbency gels Silicon menstrual cups will not cause irritation and is suitable for women with sensitive skin, thrush, eczema or allergies For your safety, the menstrual cup is made from a special medical grade non-allergic silicone.
- Silicone is derived from silica which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. The smooth surface of the menstrual cup allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The menstrual cup does not absorb your body’s natural defense mechanisms.
Menstrual cups are better for the environment and your pay packet because: Imagine the towels and tampons that you will be buying and disposing of in landfill sites during those years! The average woman throws away 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime. Unlike pads and tampons, menstrual cups are reusable, eliminating the need to carry bulky spares. With proper care your menstrual cup will last for several years. How Easy Is It To Use A Menstrual Cup? Correctly inserted, the menstrual cup is so comfortable that you will forget it exists. It may take a little practice at first as you need to find the angle and position that is right for you.
Once you have perfected it you will be amazed at how simple a menstrual cup is to use. You will need to empty, rinse or wipe and reinsert your menstrual cup every four to eight hours depending on your flow. The fluid remains inside the cup, and the process is not messy or uncomfortable. A menstrual cup can safely be used overnight and is great for all sports, swimming and traveling. It can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilizing fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water.