I have tried three different ways to start off this post but none have gone as planned so, if you’re reading this, it means I just decided to go with the flow. This post is mainly for my girls out there and those guys who like to be all up in our business. Today, I’d be talking about the Menstrual Cup.
This was introduced to me a while back by a friend who had just tried it and was already in love. I’ve never felt greater need to speak on such a topic until yesterday when I read an article by a former classmates of mine which made mention of a lady she met that had no idea what sanitary pads and tampons are. Two things came to my mind:
- How on earth have you dealt with your menstrual flows?
- What in the world have you used all this while?
Somehow, in a group chat with a couple of friends the Menstrual cup came up and that’s what inspired this post. A menstrual cup is another alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. It is a flexible feminine hygiene product made of medical grade silicone shaped like a bell. It is worn inside the vajayjay like a tampons is but one major difference is that the cup collects blood while pads/tampons absorb blood. Here’s how it’s inserted.
These can be worn for 4-12hrs depending on how heavy your flow is, empty the collected content into a toilet or sink, rinse the cup in some clean running water and insert again. At the end of your monthly cycle it is important to sterilise the cup in some boiling water.
Here are some reasons I’d choose menstrual cups over sanitary pads or tampons:
- Menstrual cups can be reused for up to 5 years or even 10 years depending on the brand and type of cup. Meaning you don’t have to spend money every month on pads/tampons, that cost is automatically cut off.
- Have you ever thought about the number of pads/tampons you alone have used and will ever you in your life time multiply by the number of other women in the world? Probably not. Think about all that waste and environmental pollution they cause, menstrual cups are definitely a lot more environmentally friendly.
- In my opinion, sanitary pads are the most uncomfortable of the three and they are just gross. (I mainly use them as back up though.) As for tampons, not everyone can stand the dangling ropes and even the concept of inserting a rod-like object in your vajayjay. On to the menstrual cups, you feel nothing (…well maybe your cramps but you get me) when using them, meaning a lot more comfort.
- So far there has been no link between TSS <Toxic Shock Syndrome> and menstrual cups which is one less thing to worry about during your periods. TSS is a life threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. A significant proportion of cases occur in women who are on their period and use tampons, particularly tampons that are designed to be ‘super absorbent’. That’s why it is never advisable to wear tampons for long (2-3hrs consider getting them out).
One thing that might hold a lot of women back regarding menstrual cups is the issue of hygiene. Are they really hygienic considering they just need to be rinsed and then reinserted? For those with such concerns, disposable menstrual cups might be more appealing.
I hope this useful in someway to someone. What are your thoughts on the cup? Would you use it?