Ladies, let's talk menstrual cups.
Have you heard of them?
Do you use one?
Well, first things first, what is a menstrual cup?
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A menstrual cup is a very small, reusuable medical-grade silicone cup (sometimes rubber) that you insert into your vagina during your period and use that instead of using a tampon or a pad.
Why should a woman use a menstrual cup?
From the research I've been doing, there are a ton of excellent reasons on why we should be using a menstrual cup instead of disposable pads or tampons.
- Menstrual cups don't contain chemicals. Tampon and pad companies aren't required to release a list of their ingredients. What we do know (I'm sure there's more that "we" know...but this is what I've got for ya right now... You know how pads and tampons are so crisp and white looking? Well, that's not naturally occuring. Those had to be bleached to get that white. Bleach, yo. And you are putting it in or resting right against some very delicate and porous areas. The bleaching process can create dioxin. According to the EPA, there is NO safe amount of time for you to be directly exposed to dioxin! Dioxin may be linked to abnormal cell growth throughout the body, especially in the reproductive areas and stomach, they suppress the immune system and cause disruptions in the endocrine system and with hormones.
Watch this video to see what happens when you light a pad on fire....it's pretty scary to think at how we allow ourselves so much contact with them!
- You could be absorbing GMOs from your disposable pads and tampons
- Cups pose absolutely no threat of Toxic Shock Syndrome (click HERE for more info on what TSS is)
- You'll be saving money by switching to a cup! Reusable cups cost around $30 and usually last around 10 years, though many recommend buying a new one every year or so
- Menstrual cups can shorten some women's periods
- You don't have to empty the cup nearly as often as you have to change a pad or tampon. Some women can go 12 hours before having to empty their cup
- Menstrual cups do not cause dryness or irritation
- You can sleep all night, in any position, with a cup
- Exercising with a menstrual cup inserted is no problem
I'm sure there are a lot more great reasons to use menstrual cups, but those are the main ones that I'm reading and hearing about.
Here is a great informative video that I found on some of the benefits of the menstrual cup PLUS easy instructions on how to insert it, clean and care for your menstrual cup:
(video courtesy of Nerissa Irving)
I really want to make the switch to a menstrual cup. I just need to figure out which one I want to try.
Comment below and let me know what you think. Would you ever consider making the switch to a menstrual cup? And for those of you that use one, can you recommend a great one?
Apparently, there are some women who cannot use menstrual cups or may experience problems with them.
You should NOT use a menstrual cup if you are currently using an IUD. But be sure to talk to your doctor to be sure.
Women with retrograded (tipped/tilted) uteruses may be unable to have a comfortable insertion. I have trouble with hip/back pain when using a tampon, so I am not sure if I would be able to use a menstrual cup.
Here are a list of websites that can give you more information:
Amanda at the EcoFriendly Family has a whole article right HERE on which cup is best for you & things to consider.