Most women have experienced this at least once in their lifetime: the dreaded feeling that their pad is overflowing and a leak is about to happen.
Imagine the discomfort and public shame of feeling this while waiting for the bus, or while you’re pitching a very important project to a room full of people.
The moments when a woman can feel her confidence crumbling are numerous and most of them have to do with being on a period.
Let’s face it, period days are very high up on the stress scale of women.
But what if you could feel confident even during these particular days?
What if you could swim, jog, hike or flex anyway you want without worrying that at some point your pad or tampon is gonna shift or become oversaturated?
It’s time to welcome the menstrual cup to your life, the best thing to have been invented since…forever really, for a fertile woman!
What is exactly a menstrual cup?
It’s a hygienic non irritant device that is inserted in the female body very similar to a tampon.
But there is a BIG difference.
While a tampon absorbs the menstrual blood, a menstrual cup will just collect it without drying up the vagina.
This means less irritation, less discomfort and a lot of freedom! The freedom to enjoy life as usual, without the hassle of always checking for blood spots.
The menstrual cup can be worn for up to 10 hours, depending on your flow. And it has a lifespan of up to 2 years.
That makes it the most common sense choice for women who are tired of spending quite a lot on their period products every month, year after year.
It is also a very good choice if you want to care more for the Planet and are really worried about the single-use hygienic products that end up in landfills (and won’t decompose for many many years!)
If you think that pads and tampons don’t matter that much, in the great scheme of forgotten trash, you have to see this:
Remember that this is just for one woman! And there are a lot of us out there!
Now you see how important using more eco-friendly hygienic products really is?
But let’s see what benefits using a menstrual cup will bring you:
You are protected against leakage
This is one of the biggest benefits that make women try menstrual cups and stay with them for the long run. When inserted correctly, the menstrual cup becomes the best solution to avoid staining clothes or sheets.
You are safe from infections
Menstrual cups are usually safe as long as you insert them with clean hands, remove them carefully, and clean them appropriately.
You’ll cut down on costs
You pay a one-time price for a reusable cup and use it for up to 2 years with proper care. Disposable cups, tampons, and pads must be continually bought.
You won’t have to spend time and stress about check – ups
You may be able to wait up to 10 hours — the max recommended time — before you have to change your cup.
The menstrual cup also has the benefit of retaining more blood than a normal pad or tampon would.
So in terms of money savings, Planet protection, leakage risks or freedom, the menstrual cup is a better choice.
What about the downsides? Are there any?
Well, menstrual cups aren’t as easy to use on the first try as single use pads.
You’ll have to insert it in the vagina and that can take some practice and can be uncomfortable for someone with no experience.
Also, learning to remove the menstrual cup can take time. The good news: it gets easier with repeated use.It will help to know that it is normal to have a bigger learning curve when it comes to menstrual cups. Videos or images of How to insert or remove the cup can make things a lot clearer.
There is also a risk of TSS that you should be aware of (as there is the same risk with tampons).
The risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is rare in tampons and as far as studies have shown is rarer even in menstrual cups.
To avoid TSS pay a lot of attention to hygiene:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and antibacterial soap before removing or inserting the cup
- Always clean the cup (sterilize it when your menstruation starts and use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap to clean it before every insertion)
- Use a small amount of water or water-based lube to aid in insertion and avoid any soreness or irritations
It is recommended to speak to your doctor if you are using an IUD or suffer from vaginismus (which can make vaginal insertion or penetration painful).
You should also check with the doctor if you suffer from:
- uterine fibroids, which can cause heavy periods and pelvic pain
- endometriosis, which can result in painful menstruation and penetration
- variations in uterine position, which can affect cup placement
Is there a conclusion here?
Yes, it is! Although there are clear benefits of using a menstrual cup, the comfort, protection and care for life savings and Planet protection among them, we aren’t gonna push you to try a menstrual cup if you don’t feel that is the right choice for you.
There are other options out there that can still help you protect the planet without spending a lot of money or sacrificing comfort and freedom.
Reusable pads or period panties are a great choice also. If you wanna find out which of these products best suits you can take our test and see what is recommended for you.