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If you’ve never heard of a menstrual cup before, it can seem different from what you're used to, because it is. A menstrual cup has so many reported benefits, this is why many women are switching from tampons and pads.
A menstrual cup is a hygienic, reusable sanitary product, made from a soft, medical grade silicon.
A menstrual cup is around two inches long and are usually irritant free. Most brands contain no latex, dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches; unlike tampons that are bleached cotton.
A menstrual cup is worn internally like a tampon, but it collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. Unlike tampons, a menstrual cup is not a disposable product, so you only need to buy one, saving you loads of money!
Most menstrual cups hold around 30 ml of menstrual fluid, which is around one third of the average total flow each period. When you insert a menstrual cup, a light seal is formed with your vaginal wall, allowing the menstrual flow to pass into the cup, without any leakage or odour.
1. Improves Sex Life
To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day, feminine hygiene company Intimina asked 1,500 women how their periods had changed since swapping tampons for a cup; 26 per cent said their sex life had improved since to using a cup, due to decreased dryness and improved vaginal tone; 46 per cent said their sleep was better; 84 per cent said they felt more confident during their period; and 78 per cent felt more comfortable with their body.
According to Intimina, 66 percent of women reported decrease in vaginal dryness; 34 percent experienced fewer and less severe cramps; and 62 percent reported less odour. The top five reasons why the women surveyed switched to a cup were: For health benefits, for the longer wear time; to save money, to help protect the environment; and for comfort.
Costing around 5,000 Naira and lasting for 10 years, it is said that a cup is much cheaper than buying tampons or pads each month.
2: No Fibres Left Behind
Unlike tampons, a silicon made menstrual cup will not deposit fibres in your vaginal wall.
3: No Toxic Shock Syndrome
Menstrual cups have not been associated with toxic shock syndrome.
4: No Nasties
Menstrual cups contain no bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels.
5: Gentle On Sensitive Skin
A silicon menstrual cup will not cause irritation. They are perfectly suitable for women with sensitive skin, thrush, eczema or allergies.
6. Safer To Use
Menstrual cups are made from a special medical grade non-allergic silicone. Silicone is derived from silica, which is one of the most abundant minerals on earth.
7. Does Not Interfere With Your Vagina’s Natural And Healthy Functions
Because a menstrual cup has a smooth surface, it allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The menstrual cup does not absorb your body’s natural defence mechanisms.
8: Menstrual Cups Are Better For The Environment
Can you imagine the enormous amount of liners, pads and tampons you’ll use in your lifetime? They end up in landfill sites, along with every other woman’s too. The average woman throws away around 125 to 150kg of tampons, pads and applicators in her lifetime. Unlike pads and tampons, menstrual cups are reusable, eliminating the need to carry bulky spares. Your menstrual cup should last for several years, with proper care.
9: They Save You Money Too
Depending where you live (and if you’re taxed on sanitary products), lets say it costs around $10 a month for sanitary items. This figure may be higher; according to research, around one in ten women in Australia buys all three mainstream sanitary options (pads, tampons and panty liners) every month. That works out to be $120 a year. If you had your first period when you were 12, and if your period stops at the average of 51 years, you’ve spent a grand total of $4,680 — you could have taken a nice holiday for that amount! LOL