There are a lot of feminine hygiene products in the market today, which is good, because this give you a wide range of products to choose from, and you are no longer stuck with just one brand. You’ve been probably thinking of ways to substitute your regular sanitary pad to something more comfy, and tampons are not working for you, then why not give menstrual cups a try.
Menstrual cups are bell shaped, flexible medical grade silicon cup, worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid, i.e. the blood flow. The cups collects the blood flow, instead of absorbing. The cups are designed like bells with stem. The stem is to aid removal of the cups, when the cups needs to be emptied. The cups are totally reusable.
Advantages of Menstrual Cups.
- They can be reused:
Unlike the sanitary pads and tampons which cannot be reused, the cup is totally reusable. All its needs is to be emptied, washed and stored properly for future use. Menstrual cups can be reused for up to five years, and more. This depends on the use and storage. You will need to empty your cup every 4-8 hours, depending on your menstrual flow.
- They are cheaper:
Because these cups can be reused up to 5 years, you do not have to spend so much money getting a replacement like you do with your sanitary pads or tampons.
- They are comfortable:
Once inserted properly to seal off the vaginal wall, that’s it. There is no fear of leakage. Provided you empty the cups regularly. You can carry on with your daily activities without feeling any form of discomfort like you would with a sanitary pad.
- They are healthy:
The chances of getting infections or rashes like you would with a pad or tampon are very low. All you have to do is to observe your normal hygiene routine like you would whenever you are on your period. Menstrual cups are nonabsorbent, so there are no chemical reactions to worry about.
Disadvantages of Menstrual Cups.
- They can be tricky to put on:
This might be a huge concern, especially for ladies with phobia of putting things into their vagina. but this phobia can easily be overcome wit regular usage.
- Removing the caps could be gross:
Remember you are dealing with a lot of blood, so you have to be careful when taking out the cups, so you don’t spill out the blood. A lot of women mind find this particularly very disturbing as they have to deal with their blood, especially when you have to wash the cups.