Menstrual Cups... Are these the future?
A menstrual cup is a reusable device in the shape of a bell. It is made of a soft, silicone type material which bends and folds to ensure easy insertion. Like a tampon, it is inserted into the vagina when a person is on their period. Once inserted, the cup will then collect your flow and it can be used for up to 12 hours before needing to be emptied.
Now we know more about what a menstrual cup is and how it works, the next question is, what are the pro’s and con’s?
- Environmentally friendly. There are great great concerns as to the ecological effects of disposing tampons and sanitary pads. Menstrual Cups on the other hand are reusable devices meaning less waste in the world (YAY!).
- Cost effective. Although menstrual cups may seem a slight investment to begin with, due to the reusability of them, it is often the case that users save a huge amount of money!
- Leak proof?! A recent study compared how preventable leaking was by using a menstrual cup to tampons. The study found that the menstrual cup actually gave significantly better protection from any leakage!
- Possible discomfort with your first uses. Users have reported that to begin with, the insertion and removal of the cup can take a bit of time to get used to.
- Is there a potential lack of research into the safety of menstrual cups? Recent scientists suggest that consistent use of a menstrual cup may result in ‘Pelvic Organ Prolapse’. This is because some menstrual cup users incorrectly remove the cup by using their pelvic floor muscles to help, which in turn can be harmful!
Unfortunately (as it seems with all period related issues) more research needs to be conducted in regard to the benefits of using a menstrual cup whilst on your period! If inserted and removed in the correct way, a menstrual cup should be safe! However, we do recommend that if you decide to try out this new device, make sure that you do a lot of research before so! It is important that you learn how to insert and remove the device in the correct and safest way!
Who knows... perhaps these devices will become the future for women’s periods.
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