A lot of women the world over are switching to menstrual cups, the new-easy way to go through your periods. In the wake of environment friendly and hygienic periods, the switch has been quite sudden and more aware. All in all, we’re glad the shift has come, better late than never!
But with anything new comes the reluctance of trying it and that’s completely natural. Some inhibitions can be overcome only after being convinced, and so, here we are. First and foremost, all the issues are just in the head. The very first step is to shun these thoughts of not being able to try something new. Order the cup and everything good will follow, take this idea with an open mind.
Here are the most common issues we’ve come across:
A foreign body:
The fear of inserting a foreign body is the primary issue that every woman thinks of. Trust us, it’s not bad at all. It’s more about the psychological block than anything else. Silicone cups use medically graded material which is absolutely fine to be inserted in the body. What makes the insertion easy, is the menstrual blood itself.
This is a concern for some as they find it unhygienic, but it’s absolutely the opposite! Sanitary napkins or tampons are exposed which is more unhygienic, causes itching and smells bad. Menstrual cup avoids these issues and because there is no oxidization of blood, there are no chances of infection or breeding bacteria. It is hygienic for the environment too as it does not involve disposing waste but a simple flush of fluids.
Placement of cervix:
A lot of confusion revolves around picking the size of the cup according to the placement of cervix. Menstrual cup brings a beautiful opportunity to understand the anatomy of your body. Ideally, the vaginal canal is 10 cms long and the cervix is above the canal of 3-4 cms in length, with an expected variation of 2-3 cms. The length of any cup is 7 cms, so quite clearly, measuring the cervix is not required. Exceptional cases would include that of prolapse, in which case using a menstrual cup is not possible.
Image source – The Vagina Monologues
Life of the cup:
is at least 10 years, unless lost. If maintained well, the cup can stay longer than 10 years!
No diseases pop as side effects of the cup. To avoid any infection, emptying the cup latest by 10 hours is highly recommended. Ideally, the cup should be emptied every 8 hours.
Toxic Shock Syndrome:
Sanitary napkins and tampons are linked to causing TSS.
TPE vs Silicone:
Most menstrual cups are made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) or silicone. Cups made from silicone are medically approved and the material is the same as used in cosmetic surgeries. These are more durable and are firm in texture which makes folding, inserting and removing the cup a smooth process. TPE cups tend to be less durable and some cases regarding their porous nature have been disliked by many.
We hope this aids the switch and all your concerns have been addressed. The easiest way is to order the cup and try it. Once this happens, you’ll never look at menstruation the same way again.