3 reasons why you should switch to menstrual cups
Menstrual cups are environmentally friendly and many studies have shown that they are just as safe as pads or tampons. They are becoming more and more popular, mainly because of their reusability. Read below 3 reasons why you should use a cup!
- Environmentally friendly
Well reason number 1, they are environmentally friendly. One cup can be (re)used for years, because the cup can be rinsed out. They have been shown to leak as little as a tampon or sanitary pad. That saves a lot of waste and money!
- Safe for a longer period of time
They are safe to wear for up to 12 hours. Moisture from sanitary towels and tampons can increase the susceptibility to a yeast infection. Women who are sensitive to this could therefore start using menstrual cups. A vulva can breathe better through a cup.
- Menstrual cups do not disturb the vaginal flora
Another advantage of using them is that they do not affect the normal vaginal flora, as they collect your menstrual blood instead of absorbing it. Due to the cost associated with pads or tampons, many women are forced to use cheap quality products or cloth napkins, putting them at high risk of infections and toxic shock syndrome. A menstrual cup can be used more often and therefore women only have to purchase it once.
A menstrual cup is not suitable for women with a serious clinical vaginal condition, but all women with normal anatomy should be able to use it comfortably. Cups are not suitable for any situation where there is a risk of infection, such as immediately after surgery or immediately after delivery. If you have an IUD, it is also important that you pay attention when you use a menstrual cup. The end of an IUD consists of strings. If these strings are longer than 3 cm, it is possible that you also pull your spiral with it when you remove your cup. When a cup is placed, it is important that it is vacuumed, so it is also important that this vacuum is broken.
How to use a menstrual cup?
- Fold the cup and insert it into the vagina. The most common technique is the C-shape.
- The menstrual cup unfolds automatically inside the vagina.
- Push the menstrual cup further into the correct position.
- It is not necessary to insert a menstrual cup as far as a tampon.
- If the stem is too long, you can shorten it with scissors. Note: DO NOT do this while the cup is in the vagina.
- Squeeze the bottom of the cup to release it, use the stem to gently pull the cup lower and remove the cup by holding the bottom firmly.
- Wear the cup for a maximum of 12 hours. The minimum usage time depends on your flood. You also need to choose the right time and place to empty and replace your cup - ideally a bathroom with a sink in the same private area.
In short, menstrual cups are eco-friendly, inexpensive and safe options for women. The technique of wearing requires some practice, but once you have chosen the right cup size and are used to the insertion technique, it is a very good option.