Interestingly, they are as effective as sanitary pads and tampons – and less expensive. Switching to a menstrual cup takes a little getting used to. But since I switched to a menstrual cup, I’ve never looked back.
Here’s my experience :
Menstrual Cup Facts :
The reusable, bell-like devices unfold in the vagina to stanch menstrual flow. This menstrual cup is made of medical-grade rubber or silicone, which means they can be safely inserted into your body. They can be worn for 4-12 hours before you empty, rinse and reinsert it.
Unlike pads and tampons, it is free from toxins, perfumes, and bleaches and leaves no fibre residues in the vagina. This drastically decreases the risk of getting bacterial or yeast infections and rashes.
After thorough research and personal experience, i found out that menstrual cups are as effective as sanitary pads and tampons – and less expensive, too. They are also a more eco-friendly option than disposable period products. Interestingly, although the patent for the first menstrual cup was issued nearly 100 years ago, the devices have not been widely embraced because of religious and cultural beliefs – taboos about touching one’s own genitals and coming in contact with menstrual blood.
How does The Menstrual Cup work ?
Menstrual cups come in all different shapes in sizes, but for the most part they are bell-like devices made of medical-grade silicone or rubber that is inserted into the vagina to enclose the cervix.
Most menstrual cups have a silicone end that extends from the cone to help with easy removal. In order for the cup to successfully prevent leaking, it must be inserted in the correct way to ensure that the cervix is properly sealed. it can then be left in place between 8 – 12 hours.
In contrast to tampons that soap up menstrual blood released from the cervix, a menstrual cup will trap and collect it. This means that when you remove it you will dispose of your blood in the toilet or sink before re-inserting.
If you are out in public without access to a private restroom, you can dispose of the blood in the toilet and reinsert the cup immediately. When you are at home, it is recommended you rinse and wash your cup in between uses. For myself, I place my cup in a pot of boiling hot water to ensure it is fully clean and help it last longer.