Recently the popularity of menstrual cups has increased a lot, with a large number of women preferring to use them over other period hygiene products. In this article, we will review the pros and cons of menstrual cups.

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a small bell-shaped cup inserted in the vagina to collect blood during periods. It is made from many different materials, including but not limited to rubber, plastic, or silicone.

You can wear a menstrual cup for 6 to 12 hours. After that, you need to take it out and empty it. People with very heavy periods may need to take it out and empty it sooner to avoid leaks. These cups are available in several sizes and colors as well.

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Benefits of menstrual cups

Pros of using menstrual cup

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There are several benefits of using a menstrual cup.

Budget and eco-friendly

They are reusable, so the user can save on a lot of money that they might have spent on tampons or sanitary pads. One cup can last for as long as ten years. You save money and time with menstrual cups as a cup can stay inside the body for up to 12 hours compared to the 4 to 6 hours of a tampon. The reusability aspect is also great for the environment where so much single-use plastic use can be prevented.

Preserve vaginal moisture

Tampons tend to dry out the vagina, but a menstrual cup preserves all the natural moisture inside the vagina and the healthy bacteria that are needed to protect you from infections like vaginal yeast infections.

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Fewer Chemicals

There are certain chemicals such as bleach and dioxin in tampons and pads; they have been linked to cancer while that is not the case with a menstrual cup, you don’t get exposed to these unnecessary chemicals.

Fewer Leaks

There are fewer leaks with menstrual cups comparing to tampons and pads. These cups are game-changers for heavy bleeders who are constantly struggling to find products to cater to their needs. It can hold two to three times the blood that a tampon can, making it ideal for keeping it in for longer periods of time and preventing any leakages.

Less odor

Cups also eliminate the possibility of odor that tends to occur with the use of sanitary pads and tampons. Menstrual blood tends to have a foul and displeasing odor when exposed to air. However, that problem is eliminated with a cup as the cup is sealed and does not expose the blood to the air. People that are self-conscious about the smell should definitely switch to cups.

Related: A Guide To Vaginal Discharge 

Disadvantages of menstrual cups

What are the disadvantages of using menstrual cup

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While there are many pros of using a menstrual cup, there are also some cons you should be aware of.

The removal can be messy

The removal of the cup can be a bit tricky and messy as you need to squat, then by the use of your pelvic muscles, you need to push the cup down and then remove it by pulling on the stem and breaking the seal of the bell-shaped cup against the vaginal wall. Washing the cup in a public restroom’s sink can be quite embarrassing.

It can be hard to find the right fit

Finding the right fit and size of the cup can also be a lengthy process that requires a bit of trial and error. While you are in the process of finding the perfect cup for yourself, there may be a few embarrassing leaks.

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The maintenance can be annoying

Every reusable product requires proper upkeep and should always be sterilized and stored properly so that no bacteria make entry into the vaginal tract.

It may cause an allergic reaction

The majority of menstrual cups are made of silicone which is hypoallergenic. Still, some people are allergic to silicone. Even though it is rare, rashes and other allergic reactions may occur in people allergic to silicone.

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Final thoughts

With the proper use and care, the menstrual cup provides a great alternative to pads and tampons. It is comfortable and easy for the user and great for the environment as well. It is important to know that menstrual cups aren’t for everyone. If you are interested in using a menstrual, you should first discuss it with your healthcare provider.

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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