For decades, women have been using sanitary towels or tampons to collect blood and protect their clothing during their periods. But a menstruation cup gives an alternative to these conventional methods. Some are long-lasting and reusable, while others are disposable.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
A a menstrual cup is a flexible cup that aims to be inserted into the vagina to collect the menstrual blood. The cup unlike the pads and tampons, collects the menstrual flow. Most of the menstrual cups are either made of silicone or rubber. For anyone that is sensitive to latex, it is best to make sure that they buy a cup that is made entirely of silicone. You can use the cup all through your cycle, but you need to change it more often when you have heavy flows to prevent leaking. Remove and rinse the cup after 12 hours, or when there is leaking. Advantages of menstrual cups include:
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Lower Costs and Less Landfill Waste
The cups are designed for long-term use giving you a significant cost savings over tampons and pads. They are reusable and hence there is less waste block your landfills, and more resources will be saved to create the paper-based alternatives. Always have in mind that there are also disposable cups. Be careful to read the label box before you can buy in case you want a reusable cup.
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Possible to have Intercourse with the Cup in Place
You can engage in intercourse even with the cup in your vagina. You can decide on whether or not to remove it first.
Can be Used without Difficulties
If you have used tampons you should experience little trouble learning how to insert the menstrual cup. Diaphragm birth control users should have less trouble using their new cup. To put the cup, fold it, so it looks like a tampon and then aiming at the back of the vagina, give it a little push. When the cup is inserted properly you shouldn’t feel its presence.
Keeps in place the Vaginal pH and the Beneficial Bacteria
Tampons absorb all the vaginal fluid along with the blood which may disturb the pH and bacterial balance in the vagina.
The menstrual cup ensures that there is no menstrual odor released at the most inappropriate times. Unlike the pads and tampons, the fluid in the menstrual cup does not get exposed to the air and hence no odors.
More Time between Changes
When using a sanitary pad or tampon, you will need to change every four to eight hours depending on the flow. This is different to the menstrual cup as you can stay up to 12 hours before emptying it.