For many years, women have used either tampons or pads to collect blood and protect their clothing during their menstruation period. A menstrual cup provides women with an alternative to these traditional methods. Some of these cups are long-lasting and can be re-used.
The Basics of the Menstrual Cup
A menstrual cup is a flexible cup designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect the menstrual blood. The cup collects the blood rather than absorbing it as the pads or tampons do. Most of the menstrual cups are either made of silicone or rubber. For users that are sensitive to latex, it is more appropriate to buy a cup that is made entirely of silicone. You can use the cup all through your cycle, but you need to change it more often when you have heavy flows to prevent leaking. Remove and rinse your cup after 12 hours, or when there is leaking. Advantages of menstrual cups include:
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Some cups are designed for long-term use some even for years providing a significant cost savings over pads and tampons. The fact that you can reuse them, ensure that there is less waste to clog up your landfills and fewer trees sacrificed to make the paper-based alternatives. It is important that you keep in mind that there are those cups that are disposable. Read the box label carefully before purchasing one just in case you want a reusable cup.
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Possible to have Intercourse with the Cup in Place
It is possible to have intercourse when the cup is still in your vagina. You can decide on whether or not to remove it first.
Can be Used without Difficulties
If you have used tampons you should experience little trouble learning how to insert the menstrual cup. This applies to those that have also used the diaphragm for birth control. To put the cup, fold it, so it looks like a tampon and then aiming at the back of the vagina, give it a little push. When the cup is inserted properly you shouldn’t feel its presence.
The Beneficial Bacteria and Vaginal pH are Maintained
When you use a tampon it absorbs all the blood along with the vaginal fluids which disturb the balance of the vaginal bacteria and pH.
Less Embarrassing Odor
The menstrual cup ensures that there is no menstrual odor released at the most inappropriate times. Unlike the pads and tampons, the fluid in the menstrual cup does not get exposed to the air and hence no odors.
More Time Before the Next Change
Depending on the flow, you will need to change your pad or tampon every four to eight hours. With the menstrual cup, you can use it up to 12 hours before you can empty it.