What is a menstrual cup?


A menstrual cup is a 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. Menstrual cups have actually been around since the 1930s, but America was slow to catch on. The first menstrual cup for U.S. use was manufactured in 1987. Since then, there have been several others produced, manufactured from different substances ranging from rubber to silicone. 

Advantages

  • It’s eco- and wallet-friendly. our reusable cups can last up to 10 years. That means less waste in landfills and less money over time.
  • You can leave it in for 12 hours. Tampons need to be changed every 4 to 8 hours, depending on your flow. But cups can stay in longer, so they’re good for overnight protection. And once you get the hang of inserting it, there’s no need to wear a backup pad or liner.
  • It holds more. A menstrual cup can hold 1 ounce of liquid, roughly twice the amount of a super-absorbent tampon or pad. The difference can be a comfort on your heavy flow days.
  • There’s less odor. Menstrual blood can start to smell when it’s exposed to air. But your cup forms an airtight seal.

 How to use?

No woman is the same, and there is no one recommended position for inserting the cup. It takes a few tries before you will have found the method and position you like best.

  1. Before the first use, sterilize the cup in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
  3. Insert the cup, rim up, just like you would with a tampon. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
  4. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.

You can check this helpful video for more detailed instructions:

Links

Several news oulets have written about the menstrual cup, which is quickly becoming a popular choice for women all over the US!

Why has it taken the menstrual cup so long to go mainstream? - Pacific Standard

Why are menstrual cups becoming more popular? - BBC news

Menstrual cups are a safe, environmentally friendly option for people with periods - CNN