8 Reasons Why You Should Try Using a Menstrual Cup
So, you've probably heard of menstrual cups. They're a great alternative to pads and tampons and have become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Instead of absorbing like regular pads and tampons, these silicone cups actually collect the fluid and allow you to dispose of it later.
There are so many benefits of using these cups, which are all included in this article. It does take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, using menstrual cups can be a breeze! You'll be glad you made the switch!
1. They're comfortable, and can be worn for longer periods of time.
Because of the cotton material, tampons and pads can often give a dry, uncomfortable feeling down there. Sometimes they can even cause cuts and abrasions in your intimate parts—ouch!
However, with a little practice with insertion, menstrual cups are very comfortable, and you actually forget that they're there! They can be worn for up to 12 hours, whereas pads and tampons have to be changed every four to six hours. No more of that icky wetness, or feeling like you're wearing an adult diaper.
They collect so much more than super strength tampons too, so you'll make less trips to the bathroom throughout the day.
They can be worn during any activity, like running, hiking, horseback riding, or even swimming!
2. Less risk for TSS.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious condition that is caused by bacteria and is often linked to tampon use. As mentioned above, tampons can cause microscopic cuts inside your lady parts, which can lead to a higher risk of TSS.
Menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone, so there's absolutely no risk for TSS.
3. It's environmentally friendly!
It's a known fact that disposable period products create a lot of waste, which clogs up our landfills. If not properly disposed of, they can end up in our waterways and oceans, affecting sea life. Not good!
Menstrual cups are designed to last for years (however, there are disposable options too), so you can lessen your waste output. The environment will thank you for it!
4. You'll save money!
Each month, you shell out money on pads and tampons, which can become pretty expensive. Most women spend hundreds of dollars on period products per year.
A menstrual cup can be used for up to three years, with correct care. Be sure to read the instructions that come with your cup so you know how to make it last for a long time.
Think of all the money you'll save!
5. Less leakage!
With pads and tampons, there's always a risk for leakage when they become too full.
However, menstrual cups work using suction, and creates a 'seal', therefore preventing liquid from flowing out. Plus, there are no embarrassing odours or smells. A win-win!
6. You can use it overnight.
No more having to get up in the middle of the night to change, or having stained pyjamas and bedsheets! Some girls even say that they don't find it necessary to wear a pad as backup while they sleep using a cup.
Due to the way that the cup is designed, there is no risk of leakage, even if you sleep in the strangest of positions. Once the cup is securely in place, you can look forward to an interruption-free night.
7. No harmful chemicals.
A scary fact about pads and tampons is how little they are regulated. Most use non-organic cotton, which sometimes is full of harmful chemicals such as dioxin, or even bleach.
On the other hand, cups are made from medical grade silicone, which is much safer, and much more comfortable.
8. They're much more discreet.
Since you can wear cups for longer periods (excuse the pun) of time, you don't have to walk with extras like you do with pads and tampons. Most cups come with a cute travel pouch, which is perfect to slip into your bag or purse if you don't need to use it at that moment.
You also don't have to worry about embarrassing strings or wings appearing if you're in a swimsuit. Another great plus!
So... where can I get one?
Menstrual cups come in many brands, shapes and colours, so there's something for everyone. Most brands have two sizes: one for before childbirth, and one for after. There are also special options for those ladies who have heavier flows, or younger users.
There are many brands out there—Divacup, Pixie Cup, and Luna, just to name a few. Be sure to do your research and see which one is best for your needs.
When you're ready to buy, check out your local pharmacies, or even check online.