Menstrual Cups are reusable hygiene products. It is a funnel shaped small cup made of rubber or silicon inserted into the vagina to collect period fluid. It is an eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons as it can hold more liquid for a longer period of time and can be reused.
Benefits Of Using A Menstrual Cup
Eco-friendly: These cups will last you for a longer time and will not contribute to waste. It is recommended to change every 1-2 years depending on the brand you select.
Budget-friendly: The cost ranges from 200-1000 rupees varying from brand to brand. You only need to invest in one cup per year.
Safety: Menstrual cups don't cause Toxic Shock Syndrome, a bacterial infections as compared to tampons due to the material or prolonged use.
Non-absorbent: Unlike tampons and pads, menstrual cups are non-absorbent. They can be worn on light and heavy flow days without it causing dryness.
Disadvantages Of Using A Menstrual Cup
Allergies: While most cups are latex-free, there is a possibility of someone having a rubber or silicon allergy. To be safe, you should get yourself checked before using one.
Irritation: Depending on how well you clean it, sometimes the cup can cause skin irritation due to not being cleaned properly.
Fit: Menstrual cups come in different sizes. Before you find the right fit, you might have to try a few brands.
Care: The cup needs to be inserted and removed in the right way with clean hands. It needs to be washed and kept careful or else could cause an infection.
Before You Buy A Menstrual Cup
Cup after care is extremely important.
It can only be for upto 12 hours. Not longer than that.
They can last from 6 months to 10 years depending on the brand and care.
There is a chance the first cup won't fit perfectly, be open to trying other options.