The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Menstrual Cup by Teya Janelle Posted on August 03, 2016 4 Comments
Imagine your life as a woman during a zombie apocalypse. The first problem is your birth control pills (study says sex is inevitable when everybody’s depressed) and the second is your menstruation.
Disposal of used sanitary pads is a total nightmare. And expect shortage of sanitary napkins and tampons.
It would be a chaotic and terrible world for every woman survivor. Your menstrual cup can actually save your life with or without zombies.
It’s now considered as the best feminine hygiene product because it’s reusable and safer than your regular pads.
A feminine cup is usually made of silicone or rubber that is made to protect you from leaking for hours.
Having doubts about buying a period cup? Here are some advantages and disadvantages that you might want to consider:
The Pros of Menstrual Cups
It’s affordable simply because it’s reusable. Women spend money buying pads and tampons in stores.
A girl can use up to 15,000 hygiene products in her lifetime while she only needs to use five or six vaginal cups since they are reusable for up to ten years – which means fewer trips to the pharmacy store.
Hassle – Free Waste Disposal and Environment- friendly
Because it’s reusable, girls don’t need to worry about disposing them. You just need to sterilize it to prevent bacterial growth.
According to environmentalists, using sanitary pads and tampons is a big threat to the environment from raw materials to processing and production.
Consider the packaging that’s made of plastic and the products that are made of plastic materials that contain chemical contaminants.
Based on research, because of the fact that tampons are made of cotton fiber, it takes six months for your tampons to biodegrade, which is not good for the environment.
FYI: Menstrual cups aren’t difficult to dispose and are environment – friendly.
Balanced Vaginal pH And Less Bacterial Growth
Tampons and pads are the playgrounds of bacteria, allowing them to enter and accumulate. Tampons can affect the delicate pH of your vagina.
Some girls are convinced that it’s common to experience allergies and itchiness in the vagina during menstruation.
Actually, it’s not. Your pads should make you feel comfortable, not cause allergies.
Your secretion during menstrual flow can attract bacteria which can cause yeast and bacterial growth that’s why it’s recommended to change pads every three or four hours to prevent serious infections.
Using tampons may cause Toxic Shock Syndrome because of streptococcus bacteria found in the vaginal wall.
One of the best things about menstrual cups is that if you feel that the cup is full, you can easily empty it.
You are assured that there’s no presence of bacteria because you can sterilize it after every use.
Easy To Use
Honestly, using a sanitary pad is easier to use as compared to using menstrual cups.
If you are hesitant to use period cups, then maybe it’s a big help to let you know that menstruation cups are made of silicon and rubber, designed to be flexible.
They have soft edges and are flexible for quick and easy insertion. Like tampons, you just need to insert it towards your vagina and you’re good to go.
Every girl hates that unpleasant menstruation odor whenever she uses sanitary pads.
Unfortunately using scented hygiene products is discouraged by most medical experts because there are added chemicals that can cause irritation and other vaginal infections.
If you want to be odor free while you are on your period, then try using a menstrual cup.
With period cups, you don’t need to be too conscious about your unpleasant menstruation odor since there is less exposure of the fluid to the air.
Intercourse While Using the Cup
If you’re okay with having sex while you’re on your period, then menstrual cups are for you basically because they stay in place during intercourse. But consider it as situational.
Unlike menstrual cups, your pads and tampons have health safety issues. Chemical contaminants are present - from raw materials to product processing.
No woman would ever want to have dioxin or rayon on her vagina. When accumulated, such chemicals can actually cause cancer.
Feminine cups are safe to use with no reproductive health issues. The materials do not contain harmful chemicals and most cups are made of FDA approved food grade silicone.
Medical researchers know the health risks of napkins and tampons that’s why there are other safe alternatives available such as period cups.
Now that you know the advantages of using the cup, I guess this would make you decide of disposing your sanitary pads or tampons. Lol
The Cons of Menstrual Cups
It's a Little Messy
One of the major disadvantages of menstrual cups is that they can be too messy. Using sanitary pads is the most convenient among all the feminine menstrual products available because you don’t need to insert them and using them doesn’t require a lot of effort.
It can be messy as you remove the cup especially if you are in your office’s bathroom because you need to empty the collected fluid, rinse it and put it back.
Menstrual cups are available in different sizes. The problem is, some women cannot fully determine their exact sizes.
If you have a dropped uterus, then you might want to buy two cups with different sizes. If you’re ordering cups online, then buy two or three cups just to be sure.
Removing the Cup
Insertion might be difficult for first-time users and so is the cup removal. It takes a lot of energy and patience because you need to carefully remove it.
The first few days of using the cup can be challenging but you will get used to it and learn not to be bothered by the inserted cup.
There are consequences in choosing a menstrual cup over regular pads. Pads and tampons are not reusable, therefore they don’t require maintenance.
Menstrual cups need to be properly maintained to prevent bacterial growth.
For your cup’s maintenance, put the cup in a collapsible sterilizing cup filled with water and place in a microwave.
Set to medium power and wait for the water to boil for the sterilization to be effective.
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