Most girls are presented with the option of tampons or pads for their period products. What if we told you there is another option? Menstrual cups have been taking social media by storm, and women are taking notice of their period product options. If you’re looking for a new option for your time of the month, menstrual cups may be your answer.
Menstrual cups have been a recent hit on social media, but they were actually produced in the United States for the first time in 1987. And while tampons have held the spot of most popular internal absorption period products, menstrual cups — reusable feminine hygiene products that are inserted into your vagina — are increasing in popularity.
Most menstrual cups are made from a flexible material, such as rubber or silicone. This elastic funnel allows the cup to work for a variety of women, as it adjusts to fit the vagina.
Similar to tampons, menstrual cups are made in different sizes for women of all ages and flows. For girls that are younger or experience a lighter flow, smaller cup sizes are recommended. A woman with a heavier flow or a history of vaginal births may prefer a larger cup size. After you speak with your Gyn healthcare provider to find your best fit, follow these steps from Healthline to start using your menstrual cup:
When it’s time to take out your menstrual cup:
Depending on your flow, menstrual cups typically catch more blood than other internal absorption products. According to Juju it is recommended to empty your cup every 8 to 12 hours depending on your flow. If your flow is heavier on certain days, the frequency of your empties might increase.
Unlike other common period products, menstrual cups are reusable and can have varying life cycles. Proper maintenance and cleaning can help prolong the life of your menstrual cup as well as maintaining a cup that is safe to use. During your time of the month, Healthline recommends boiling your menstrual cup in water for 5-10 minutes. This will sanitize your cup and remove bacteria from previous usage or storage time between cycles. DivaCup recommends rinsing your cup out between reinsertions. If you’re in a public place or without access to a sink, carefully wiping your cup with paper towels or toilet paper will also work.
Menstrual cups can last quite some time, but eventually you will need to replace it. DivaCup recommends replacing your cup if you notice or experience any of the following:
Menstrual cups provide women with a reusable period control product with less frequent interruptions to their days. If you’re looking to try a new period product, ask your Gyn healthcare provider about menstrual cups to find the best fit for you!