Menstrual cups have increasingly become a popular choice among women when it comes to period care. For those that aren't familiar with them, they collect your blood flow rather than absorbing it like pads and tampons. If you are not familiar with the menstrual cup, it's worth looking into the pros and cons and making the decision if it's right for you and your flow.
One of the biggest pros is that it is a reusable feminine hygiene product made of rubber or silicone that is inserted into the vagina and can be used for up to 10 years. This means fewer visits to the store Another advantage of the cup is that it can hold more blood than other options such as the pad or tampon so it can be changed less frequently. It is recommended that the cup be replaced every 6-12 hours, depending on how heavy your flow is. Another benefit is the menstrual cup is an eco-friendly alternative to the product waste of tampons and pads. The cup is also more cost-effective when compared to other feminine hygiene products even if replaced once a year. This is particularly important for those who experience period poverty or have inadequate access to menstrual products.
The cons of using a menstrual cup are few and can be resolved with patience and time. There is definitely a learning curve with the insertion and removal of the cup. Once the cup is removed and the blood is emptied, the cup should be cleaned before reinserting. This can be messy and difficult if using a public bathroom. It may take a few months to get comfortable with inserting and removing the cup. Despite the steep learning curve, studies show that 73% of women continued using the cup. Also, it is important to choose the right size to prevent leaking. The cup can be made from silicone, rubber, or latex, so choosing the right material to prevent vaginal irritation and discomfort is essential.
The only way to know if the menstrual cup is right for you is through trial and error. Either way, it is worth a try!
Dr. Jodie Horton