If you struggle in caring for your monthly period you are not alone. For decades, women were limited to two options, pads were cumbersome and tampons were found uncomfortable and neither were eco-friendly. Thankfully now there is a third option, the menstrual cup. Menstrual cups have actually been around since the 1860’s but haven’t really caught on until recently.
Menstrual cups are small silicone, rubber, or latex cups. The rubbery material creates a seal against the walls of your vagina and collects your monthly flow, usually leak-free. When it's full, you dump out the fluid and pop it right back in. Although a menstrual cup is more expensive than other feminine care products, the menstrual cup is reusable saving you money over the long run. The cup comes in sizes, and there are various sizes based on your age, body size and experiences. When wearing a menstrual cup, you can do all of your normal activities like swimming, sleeping and dancing without the worry of a leak.
If you want to use a menstrual cup, you need to learn how to put it correctly. Any time you're putting a foreign object in your vagina, there's a chance you're introducing some unwanted bacteria up there too. This is why it's important to wash your hands before you touch your menstrual cup. Using a clean cup will ensure that you don't end up with unbalanced pH, which can cause vaginal infection. Menstrual cups don't contain any chemicals, bleaches or fibers that could cause sensitivity or allergic reactions. It may be tricky to learn how to remove the menstrual cup and can be a bit messy.
If you are using an IUD (intrauterine device), it may not be recommended using a menstrual cup so you should consult your doctor if you are consider this option. Whichever method you use in treating your monthly period, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, and prevents infections. To learn more about the menstrual cup, talk with your doctor.