- by Dr Sumbul Fatima
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- Nov 16 2017
What are the Benefits of Menstrual Cups?
For a long time, tampons or pads have been used extensively by women during their periods. A menstrual cup is an alternative to these traditional methods. It is a flexible cup, generally made of silicone or rubber, designed to fit inside the vagina and collect menstrual blood, rather than absorbing it.
A menstrual cup can hold more blood than other methods and is also an eco-friendly alternative to tampons. There are several brands of reusable cups such as the keeper cup, Moon Cup, Lunette Menstrual Cup, Diva Cup, Lena Cup, and Lili Cup.
Although menstrual cups seem scary, they have some long-lasting advantages.
• ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY
These cups can be used for at least a year and up to ten years. Most of the cups are reusable, making them an environmentally friendly option, unlike tampons and pads that end up in the garbage and landfill.
• NO ODOUR AND DRYNESS
Menstrual blood generally has an odor that occurs with pads and tampons. This does not happen in the case of cups. Unlike tampons and pads, a menstrual cup doesn't absorb menstrual blood, so it does not cause vaginal dryness or infections.
• NATURAL & NON-TOXIC
Tampons are associated with the risk of toxic shock syndrome, but the risk is less with menstrual cups. Tampons and pads can contain chemicals such as bleach while menstrual cups do not.
Women can find using tampons uncomfortable and pads bulky, but a woman using a menstrual cup often doesn't even notice its presence inside her body.
• LONGER PROTECTION AND NO LEAKS
Depending on the product and how heavy your periods are, you can generally use a menstrual cup for 12 hours, so it provides much longer protection. Once you get the hang of using a menstrual cup, it doesn't leak as tampons and pads can.
You may wonder if a menstrual cup is good for you or not so the only way to know is to use one. They are available in drug stores and online and come in all shapes and sizes. If you feel any risk, talk to your gynecologist and seek advice.
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