Why you should use a menstrual cup
Considering an alternative to tampons or pads? Thinking about using a menstrual cup, but unsure of the benefits? Well, there are several reasons to make the switch from pads and tampons to menstrual cups. Here are some of them.
Safe and helps keep your vagina healthy
Menstrual cups are safe, sanitary products. In a review published by The Lancet, researchers looked at data from 3300 women using menstrual cups. They concluded the product was safe to use and also showed that 73% wanted to continue using them, that yeast infections dropped in many since making the switch, and that the pH balance of the vagina wasn’t affected.
As opposed to tampons, a menstrual cup is not intended for absorbing any fluids but collects menstrual blood in the cup. This, in addition to not upsetting vaginal pH balance, significantly reduces the chances of vaginal irritation and dryness. A cup made from medical grade silicone is free of toxins, simple to clean and keep bacteria-free.
Midwife Caroline Jivenius is one of many who have looked closer at menstrual cup use, resulting in her Master thesis, “It’s a FuckingRevolution: Women’s reasons for and experiences of using a menstrual cup”. In it, she says that the most evident change for women who switched from pads and tampons to menstrual cups was experiencing better vaginal health.
Easy on your wallet
If you care well for your menstrual cup, it can last for years. In other words, you won’t have to replace it so often, and there’ll be a tremendous number of pads and tampons you won’t have to buy. Consider how much would you save if you didn’t have to buy products for one menstrual period, then think what that would be across several years?
Good for the environment
Your wallet isn’t the only thing positively impacted if you choose to use a menstrual cup instead of disposable products. The environment benefits also.
It takes a lot of resources to manufacture pads and tampons. And think about the number of disposable products you use during one menstruation, let alone across many years of menstruating. Studies show that the average menstruating person uses 11000 pads and tampons during their life. By choosing to use a menstrual cup, you’ll also be helping the environment.
A menstrual cup can hold more blood than a tampon or a pad. Depending on the capacity of the cup and how rich your blood flow is, you may use your cup for up to 12 hours at a time. In other words, you don’t need to empty your cup as often as you need to change a tampon or a pad.
With a menstrual cup, you don’t have to carry several products with you. You don’t have to worry about whether there’s a waste bin or not in the restroom, as you can simply empty the cup, rinse it off and use it again.
You can work out with a menstrual cup, just as you can with tampons and pads, but you also have the added benefit of swimming freely with a menstrual cup as it does not absorb any water.