Menstrual cups are a popular alternative to traditional menstrual products such as pads and tampons. I was reserved about them but finally decided to give it a go last September, as part of my general attempt to do my part for the environment. Menstrual cups can generally last up to 10 years and are biodegradable, which means you’ll stop throwing away hundreds of pads a year!
So, I decided to write this article as an attempt to “convert” a few more women, if possible!
How Menstrual Cups Work
Menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone or rubber and are designed to be inserted into the vagina, much like a tampon. However, they will sit higher up (not too high up though, or some of the blood may pass through).
Once inside, the cup creates a seal to prevent leaking and collects menstrual blood. The cup can be left in for up to 12 hours at a time and should be emptied and cleaned before reinserting.
Personally, I am a heavy bleeder, so during the first two days I usually have to empty it around the 10hr mark. But starting from day 3, I am safe and sound for those 12 hours!
If you’re worried about the insertion part as it seems complicated and uncomfortable, trust me when I say: you should be getting the hang of it fairly quickly. And once it’s inside, you won’t even notice it! My AllMatters cup came with biodegradable instructions which I really liked, but they also have how-to videos on their website, so I wholeheartedly recommend you take a look!
Gynecologists’ Opinion on Menstrual Cups
Many gynecologists support the use of menstrual cups as a safe and effective option for managing menstrual periods. The cups do not disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and do not increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) like tampons can. Additionally, they do not contain any chemicals or irritants that may cause allergic reactions or other health issues.
Why are Menstrual Cups Better than Pads and Tampons
There are several reasons why menstrual cups may be a better option for many women. I say many, because I understand that the idea of inserting anything down there may not be acceptable for some women, especially those on the autism spectrum disorder.
For those that don’t have an issue with it though, they are so, so good!
For one, they are reusable, which means they are more environmentally friendly than disposable pads and tampons. Additionally, they can hold more menstrual blood than pads and tampons, so you may not need to change them as often. This can be especially convenient for women who have heavy periods (like yours truly).
Finally, they are so much cheaper in the long run. My menstrual cup cost me roughly $30 (shipping included). I’ll use it for 10ish years, but this is the amount of money I would have spent on pads in the span of a year.
Are Menstrual Cups Worth it?
Overall, menstrual cups are a safe, effective, and eco-friendly option for managing periods. They can save money in the long run, as they are reusable and last for several years. They also offer more comfort and convenience than pads and tampons. While there may be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to inserting and removing the cup, many women find that the benefits outweigh any initial discomfort. Ultimately, whether or not menstrual cups are worth it will depend on each woman’s individual needs and preferences.
P.S. If you’re unsure about anything regarding menstrual cups, feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly help you out!