A concern about leaking menstrual fluid in public is just one of the reasons menstrual cups have become more popular. Many women find them to be a leak-free alternative to traditional tampons and sanitary pads. The small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it. As we know everything comes with advantages and disadvantages, so menstrual cups has too. Following pros and cons will help you to decide, according to your body functioning, whether you should use it or not.
Reusable And Cost Friendly:
There are quite a few perks to using menstrual cups, the most notable being that they’re reusable. Many menstrual cups can be used for years. Instead of spending money on tampons or sanitary napkins each month, you can save some cash by using menstrual cups.
No Toxic Shock Syndrome:
Menstrual cups aren’t associated with toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which is a rare, life-threatening condition linked to tampon use. As menstrual cups didn't allow the development of toxic bacteria which lead to the TSS. Compared with a pad, there’s no chance of chafing or rash.
Usage of menstrual cups can reduce menstrual cramps. Many women report having less severe cramping when using cups, although no clinical studies have been performed to support this.
Difficulty In Insertion:
First-time menstrual cup users tend to report some difficulty as it requires a better understanding of a woman’s body than tampons and pads because even a poorly inserted tampon will work, though with some discomfort. Not so with the menstrual cup. Since the product is meant to catch menstrual fluid rather than absorb it, it’s vital that it is inserted properly.
Difficulty In Removal:
Even if you find it easy to insert the cup, removing it can be tricky. In a sit or squat, you need to use your pelvic floor muscles to push the cup down, then reach up and grab the stem. Pinch the base to break the seal and angle the cup slightly back to keep it from spilling.
Cups come in different sizes depending on your age, flow, and whether you’ve had a child. Still, finding the perfect fit can be a challenge, more so if you have a tilted uterus or low cervix. It can take some trial and error, and you could have leaks in the meantime.
The only way to know if a menstrual cup is the right device for you is to buy one and give it a try! They come in various formations and sizes, so sometimes, if the first one doesn’t suit you, the next one will do the trick. You can find them at drug stores or buy them online.