What is a Menstrual Cup?
Menstrual cups, including the Diva Cup, Dutchess Cup, and the Moon Cup are only some of the most awesome things to hit the market in women’s health in years. Although they’ve been around for years, it’s only in the past few that they’ve become household names.
Period cups are extremely convenient, easy to use and much better for the environment and your wallet than pads and tampons. But, what is a menstrual cup? According to Wikipedia:
“A menstrual cup is type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood), and can be worn during the day and overnight.”
Women all over the world have for years been pads (disposable or reusable cloth pads) or tampons when it came to collecting their menstrual fluid. Tampons or pads are also used to protect your clothing from being stained.
We are fortunate to live in a time when people have a lot of choices. The introduction of menstruation cups has provided them with yet another one. In this case, it’s an eco friendly way to save a whole lot of money! Love it? We sure do here at Reusable Menstrual Cups.
How, here’s why menstrual cups are so awesome:
Saves Money and Protects the Environment
Most of these menstrual cups have been designed for long term use and some models like the Keeper (made of Latex instead of silicone) can even last for a decade or longer. Regular ones from silicone usually have a life-span of 5-10 years, assuming proper care and cleaning.
This saves you lots of money because menstrual cups can be reused as opposed to pads and tampons. This factor also enables you to save the environment because there will be far less waste-consider just how many pads and tampons the average women uses over the course of a lifetime!
Beneficial Bacteria and Vaginal PH is Balanced
Tampons are known to absorb all the blood and fluids meaning that the balance is upset. They also introduce chemicals and pesticides into your vaginal canal. Because the skin is so absorbent there, they make their way into your bloodstream. With menstrual cups, only the fluids will be collected which then leaves the bacteria and vaginal PH intact.
This can lead to fewer things like yeast infections. And also reduce your overall chemical exposure.
Menstrual Cups are Safer than Tampons
There is almost no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) when using menstrual cups as opposed to tampons. To date, there has only been one reported case of TSS with menstrual cup usage, but thousands with tampons.
Another benefit is that you are not putting harmful chemicals into your body. Some studies done in recent years have shown that a majority of tampons contain traces of harmful pesticides that are sprayed onto the cotton plants during production.
Less Hassle with Menstrual Cups
With menstrual cups, you can go up to 12 hours without emptying or changing it. This is especially true if you use a high-capacity menstrual cup.
With pads or tampons where you will be required to change every 4-8 hours depending on your flow. This can really be a huge benefit when you have a busy day and don’t want to deal with this hassle. You can also use menstrual cups overnight and not have to get up to change pads or tampons like you might when you have a heavy flow.
More information about Menstrual Cups
For some help in choosing which menstrual cup is right for you, check out these two resources:
We hope that answered your question, “What is a menstrual cup?”