Meet your new ally: the menstrual cup
Today it is the International Women’s Day and we have found the best way to celebrate it: you can upgrade your period experience forever with the menstrual cup!
Period, menstruation, “moon days”, even “fury days”… Does it sound familiar to you? For a woman, the period can be the worst time of the month. In order to manage this time healthfully, you need to listen your body, understand and accept that all bodies are unique. If you accept and love your body as it is, you will be able to find the best way to get through menstruation with a good mindset. You will discover ways to be comfortable and manage strategies to make it more practical.
If you’re one of those women who still believe menstruation sucks, we have a solution for you: The menstrual cup!
Menstrual cups have been in the market ever since the 50s, but they have become more and more popular over the years. Their current popularity is due to the fact that they are really practical, hygienic and help us take care of the planet. Many women consider their live has changed in a positive way since they started using the cup.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a completely safe and reusable device designed to hold menstrual blood during period. This device is shaped as a cup and made with flexible medical grade silicone or latex rubber. A menstrual cup can last more than 10 years. Therefore, it is more affordable in the long term compared to other methods (for instance, the tampon).
Unlike other methods such as tampons and pads, cups collect menstrual blood and hold it rather than absorbing it. As it doesn’t absorb the blood, it is more hygienic and protects you from creating bacteria. There are different sizes and it can hold up your flow during 12 hours approximately. Another important point is that it will not leak if placed correctly. Most women rinse their cups every 4-12 hours, and take about less than 15 minutes to do it.
Cups come in different shapes and colors depending on your personal taste and necessities. Women who have had children or have heavy flow periods might want to go with a bigger size than those who haven’t. If you want to start using a cup and you need professional guidance don’t doubt contacting any of our MedVisit doctors, who will provide you with an accurate advice depending on your particular case.
Can everyone wear a menstrual cup?
Yes. Everyone can wear menstrual cups, but it’s important to find the cup that fits you best in order to have an optimal experience and feel comfortable with it. If you have a regular flow and you have never had children, it is probable that you need the small size cup.
However, you need to take into account that doctors don’t recommend underage girls to use menstrual cups as they could harm your himen when being inserted.
Benefits of menstrual cups
- It is eco-friendly. By using a menstrual cup, you will stop using disposable pads and tampons. Therefore, you will lower your waste footprint in a great mesure! Menstrual cups are reusable and that’s one of the main reasons why they are considered to be the best eco-friendly option when it comes to period-related products. If you buy one, you will get ten years of zero period-related waste.
- You can find different sizes and shapes of cup. The fact that there exist several sizes and shapes of cups in the industry enables that everyone finds the one that fits they best. In order to find your perfect cup, keep in mind your personal characteristics and situation: is your flow heavy? Have you ever had children? You can seek for medical help to find the one that’s best for you.
- It is more economic than other methods. In the long run, you will save ten years of money used on buying tampons and pads. A menstrual cup lasts for over a decade and its costs are lower than what you’d spend in tampons in a year!
- It is more hygienic. Tampons and pads are filled with chemicals and perfumes that will be literally inside you during several hours. Does it sound hygienic? Of course not, because it isn’t. Menstrual cups are 100% silicone, which keeps no bacteria nor smell.
How to use a menstrual cup
Every woman must try using a cup to understand what method works best for them when introducing it. However, you can take a look at this video to find guidance through the process!
Here’s how to insert a menstrual cup:
Our English speaking doctors can give you extra tips on how to use the menstrual cup. Also, they can guide you and solve any doubt you have related to menstruation. Contact us whenever you need a doctor and enjoy this special day!