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What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a female sanitary solution that is in the form of a small bell shaped cup that is inserted into the vagina. It is typically made out of medical grade material that is safe for intimate use. It provides adequate leakage protection much like tampons and pads, but it is cost-effective as most menstrual cups can be reused and last for years on average. Check our full article “What is a menstrual cup?” for longer answer and more details.
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How do menstrual cups work?

Menstrual cups work to collect fluid from inside the vagina. They do not absorb, but rather collect and capture the fluids resulting from a female’s menstruation period. They are inserted when necessary, and removed when needing to be emptied periodically (average up to 8-12 hours.)
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Are menstrual cups discreet?

Menstrual cups are a very discreet form of period protection. This is because they are easily inserted and hidden in the vagina with no strings attached. No one will know that you are using a menstrual cup when it is properly inserted and used.
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Are menstrual cups comfortable?

Menstrual cups are considered a very comfortable option of feminine hygiene protection. However, some new users may experience discomfort- if the cup is not inserted properly into the vagina and if the menstrual cup being used has been chosen in the wrong size or is an odd design for a woman’s unique situation.
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How long can I wear a menstrual cup for?

A menstrual cup on average can be worn for up to 8-12 hour time stints, however certain circumstances impact the time-frame at which the cup may be required to be emptied. Also the size and capacity of the menstrual cup you are using is a determining factor of how long it can provide you with absolute leak-protection.
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Do menstrual cups cause any odors?

Menstrual cups collect menstrual fluid from inside of the body. It is only when the menstrual fluid becomes exposed to air that it will give off an odor. Menstrual cups actually prevent odors experienced with tampons and pads because of this reason.
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Can any woman use a menstrual cup?

Most women can successfully use a menstrual cup. However, certain situations and conditions can effect whether or not a woman should use a menstrual cup (See Health FAQS for more detailed help with this question.)
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Is the menstrual cup good for any type of menstrual flow?

Menstrual cups are made in various sizes, design, and capacities which can accommodate any type of menstrual flow that a woman is experiencing. From light, medium, to the heaviest menstrual flow- menstrual cups offer a viable solution for period protection and feminine hygiene.
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Are menstrual cups affordable?

Menstrual cups have become one of the most affordable solutions for feminine hygiene protection. They are reusable and most often boast life spans that range from 1 year to several years. Compare the initial investment in a menstrual cup ($15-$75 average price)to the cost of disposable sanitary napkins and tampons and you can save hundreds of dollars.
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Are there any disposable menstrual cups available on the market?

Yes. There is one brand of disposable menstrual cups that is manufactured the Softcup. This brand of cup offers packs of disposable menstrual cups that are used and thrown away right after a single use- or a use within a period’s time-frame.
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Are menstrual cups eco-friendly?

Menstrual cups are an eco-friendly option of feminine period protection. They are reusable and do not create the paper waste associated with other disposable paper-based sanitary products such as tampons and pads that can harm the environment over time and use up the earth’s natural resources to make.
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Why haven’t I heard about the menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups have been around for decades, but they are now getting their time in the limelight as more and more women are discovering the vast benefits of using them. In recent years more manufacturers are producing menstrual cups and the market is rapidly growing as the demand for a sound, eco-friendly, and cost effective solution for period protection is unprecedented.
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Why are menstrual cups better for you than other period hygiene products?

There are many reasons that a menstrual cup is better than other period hygiene products, however the main ones are: eco-friendly, comfort, affordability, practicality, convenience, freedom, cleanliness, effectiveness and safeness.
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Are there many brands, models, types, and sizes of menstrual cups?

Menstrual cups are manufactured in abundance these days. There are hundreds of brands of menstrual cups produced and sold all over the globe. Each brand offers a variety of features, a unique design, different sizes, and an array of options that can accommodate any woman’s unique demands in a menstrual cup.
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Where can I buy a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups are available wide-spread. They are sold in pharmacies, drug stores, retail grocery stores, and via direct ordering online through the official menstrual cup brands websites & Amazon (view our top 10 list).
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Do menstrual cups provide adequate period protection?

When fitted and used properly, a menstrual cup can provide 100% period protection from leaks and accidents. Although sometimes for a person to get the perfect protection they will need to experience some trials and errors of finding the right menstrual cup size, capacity, and learning how to insert it so it seals properly.
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