I was hesitant at first. I googled the risks and horror stories. I read and re-read the instructions and “FAQs” on every website. I have heard peers and strangers vocalise their disgust at the idea of such a devise that collects menstrual blood, which you have to clean, in public!?
But after buying one and LOVING it as well as successfully encouraging friends to try it out, I think it’s time I bite the bullet and tell you why you need to buy a menstrual cup.
Society’s generally negative (not all, might I add) gut reaction to menstrual cups comes from the pressure on people who have periods to conceal their monthly cycle – both the physical and emotional symptoms. That’s why adverts for menstrual products use blue liquid and have only recently started to open up about the sometimes harsh reality periods can bring.
So why should you try a cup?
Pros of Menstrual Cups :
- Menstrual cramps can be reduced and cups can increase comfort during your period
- Lower costs – many cups are designed for long term use (up to 20 years if you take care of your cup)
- Better for the environment as they are re-usable
- Vaginal pH and beneficial bacteria stay in place unlike when you use tampons
- More time between changes – cups can go up to 12 hours before they need emptying, depending on flow
Disadvantages of Menstrual Cups :
- It can be messy – emptying the cup can be tricky at the beginning, but with time you learn the best way to do it
- Taking time to learn how to insert – just like learning how to use a tampon, you need to allow time to get used to it
- Maintenance – before and after each cycle, you will need to clean and sterilise the cup using boiling water and/or sterilising products
I have to admit, the disadvantages were a stretch to think of and are so worth the generous positives cups offer. I can say wholeheartedly that using a menstrual cup has been amazing and I really recommend that anyone who has a period should try it. What have you got to lose?
Precious Stars Pads – “How to choose your first menstrual cup”