They have been is use for decades now and are making another come back cycle of popularity in today’s eco-conscious and penny-wise world.
The pros are multiple and fantastic:
- Easy to use
- Lower cost
- Chemical free
- No embarrassing odors
- More time in-between changes
- Doesn’t interfere vaginal pH & good bacterial balance
- Significantly less trips to the drug store
- Great for the environment and reduction of waste
So why isn’t every menstruator not using a menstrual cup? It could be for a few reasons, such as hesitation at trying something new and unknown or other related fears.
What Are the Cons?
Many people may be sitting on the sidelines feeling a bit nervous about using a menstrual cup. Let’s take a look at some important issues and their manageable solutions.
1. They cost too much:
It’s true that a single Menstrual Cup is going to cost more than a single package of tampons or pads. Most reputable cup brands range from $15-$40.
It’s also worth mentioning, that just because a cup costs less, doesn’t mean that it will work less efficient or be of less quality. Same goes for a more expensive cup. Just because it costs more doesn’t mean it will work better or has better quality.
However, if a cup is priced so low that it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Quality might be lacking or the cup may be made of silicone that is not medical grade.
But remember that you’ll only need to purchase one, maybe two, cups within the next TEN years.
2. I don’t know which cup to get:
There are a lot of cups on the market to choose from. We understand how overwhelming it can be. There are some factors that can help narrow down which size and shape may work for you. Check out “How to Choose a Menstrual Cup” for more info.
3. They’re gross!
Disposable tampons and pads are made with a host of ingredients and chemicals from questionable sources. Menstrual Cups are made of silicone. Silicone is a very resilient material that can withstand all sorts of abuse include high temperatures. This is important to know since a Menstrual Cup can be boiled to sanitize it. This makes Menstrual Cups safe and hygienic.
Since the contents of a cup is emptied into the toilet or down the drain, blood won’t be exposed in the trash growing bacteria which causes foul odors. They will also not be littered in landfills for many years to come.
4. I’m scared it will get lost or stuck:
The vaginal canal is like a balloon, there’s one way in and one way out. There is no physical way for a Menstrual Cup to travel to other areas of the body, so it will never get lost. However, ill-fitting Menstrual Cups can become out of reach. This normally happens when someone has a high cervix and the person purchases a cup that is too small or too short making it hard to reach.
5. I don’t bleed very much:
You don’t have to bleed at all to use a Menstrual Cup. They’re safe to use for discharge, when you’re expecting your period, spotting, a light flow, moderate, or heavy flow.
If you’re a light bleeder, you can use the Menstrual Cup for up to 12 hours before emptying it. That still saves you some money and time dealing with your period.
The only real danger in using a Menstrual Cup is not properly cleaning it and/or cleaning your hands, or leaving it in too long.
To keep infections down, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water and rinse or wash your cup as well, before inserting it.
Remove the cup at least every 12 hours or twice a day to empty and wash it well to avoid bad bacterial growth.
Silicone allergies are very rare, but if you are allergic there are Menstrual Cups made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and also rubber.