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 now used 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 and since this is a time when women have a choice of using either, the introduction of menstruation cups has provided them with yet another option.
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. This saves you lots of money because they 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. With menstrual cups, only the fluids will be collected which then leaves the bacteria and vaginal PH intact.
Menstrual Cups are Safer than Tampons
There is also no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) when using menstrual cups as opposed to 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.
With menstrual cups, you can go up to 12 hours without emptying or changing as opposed to pads or tampons where you will be required to change every 4-8 hours depending on the 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: