The Benefits Of A Menstrual Cup
Back when I was a teenager and attempting to navigate puberty, the topic of periods was taboo. No-one ever talked about it and if they did, it was referred to as "rags" - isn't that just awful.
There was no conversation around feminine hygiene products. If a pad or tampon ever fell out of your bag, you ran for your life from the embarrassment.
Fast forward over 20 years and thankfully it is becoming less taboo to talk about and is actually referred to as a period! The conversation around what people use when having their period is also changing and turning more towards eco-friendly options, like menstrual cups and period underwear.
Menstrual cups are small, flexible funnel-shaped cups made from rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.
So, what are the benefits of using a menstrual cup:
- is affordable
- is safer than tampons
- holds more blood than pads or tampons
- is better for the environment than pads or tampons
- can’t be felt during sex (some brands)
- can be worn with an IUD
If you are interested in using a menstrual cup you should consult your doctor first to discuss and consider things like your age, length of cervix, your flow, firmness and flexibility of cup, cup capacity, strength of your pelvic floor and if you have given birth vaginally.
There has been a boom in recent years of available brands of reusable cups including the Keeper Cup, Moon Cup, Lunette Menstrual Cup, DivaCup, Lena Cup, and Lily Cup.
Do you use a menstrual cup?