You’ve probably heard of the menstrual cup. We all have that environmental friend who does apology of the cup. And, once you go from the tampons to the cup, you become that friend.
And, this alternative –that collects blood and does not absorb it That is becoming so fashionable has more advantages than disadvantages. Although several companies, given the success of the cup, are trying to shade it and you can even find even negative publicity. But, you have to be objective. You have to know how to study and analyze the pros and cons, and opt for the option that best suits you.
DISADVANTAGES OF THE MENSTRUAL CUP
Like everything, it has its negative side. And, from the cup we have found the following.
It is difficult to adapt to it. For many of us, the first two or three months are the most difficult. It seems that there are leaks and you have to put on a salvaslip, or you just don’t get used to it. But, it is true that, by taking the trick, you start putting it on first and you don’t notice anything. You have to be patient. And you may be one of the lucky ones who manages to understand the first menstrual cup.
A drink costs between 20-30 euros. It is a somewhat larger initial investment than it would be to buy a package of tampons or packs. In the long run, however, you get profitable, since a drink can last up to 10 years if it is well maintained.
You don’t know what size you need. They recommend a size according to your age and depending on whether you have given birth or not. Size S will be for those under 30 who have not given birth and size M for those who have had one or more children. However, your vagina size may be smaller than expected by your age or older. For this there is no choice but to buy the cup that you must use and if it is not your size, you must buy the other.
These are the three main drawbacks that can be found in the cup. There are some women who also see it as negative to have to wash it when you are away from home, because you may be ashamed if someone sees you in a public toilet. However, at the time when menstruation ceases to be taboo, this should happen. We all have the rule and if a partner is washing her glass in the next bathroom, we should not look bad or judge her.
Let’s start with the obvious and what you’ve probably read or heard:
It is the most ecological alternative. While tampons and pads generate waste every time they are thrown away, the cup only has to be washed after use. This is saving the planet millions of kilos of garbage annually.
You only have to buy one or two every ten years. As we have said before, a well-maintained glass can last up to ten years. And, in the case that you buy a wrong size, you will have to buy a second glass (and, obviously, they cannot be exchanged).
You only have to boil it once a month.
There is no risk of Toxic Shock syndrome. The material with which it is made is inert, and the germs do not attach to it. For this same reason, you can take it up to 12 hours straight without any risk of infections.
Once you learn to wear it is Comfortable and it doesn’t show. What allows you to do any type of sport or activity without it being a problem.
HOW IS THE MENSTRUAL CUP WASHED?
The cup has to be boiled once your period is gone. In a small pot with water you boil it for 3-4 minutes and then store it in the cotton bag with which it is usually sold. It is also recommended that you boil tea tree because it is antiseptic.
During the period, wash it with soap and water will be enough.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
In any pharmacy you can buy the menstrual cup and also on websites. Its usual price will be between 20 and 30 euros. You can find them cheaper and more expensive. In addition, there are several materials, shapes and colors. As well as folding – traveling version – or more rigid.
SHOULD WE BUY SEVERAL GLASSES?
In principle with a drink would be enough. If you hit the size at the first, you will only need one. However, it may happen that you are wrong and have to buy a second cup. You will notice that it is not your size because there will be blood losses in your underwear. Although this can happen the first two months until you learn to put it in the right way. So you should check if the cup is full or not. In case it is overflowing and not even 4 hours have passed, you will need a wider glass.
Ask the pharmacist about your doubts and he will know what size and shape are best for you.
HISTORY OF THE MENSTRUAL CUP
Finally and as a curious fact, it should be noted that the cup it is not an invention of this century, as we might think. The menstrual cup was invented – in a rudimentary way – at the end of the 1937th century. It was not until XNUMX when it was patented for sale in the US. But, its production and development stopped because of World War II.
After this, between 50 and 70, research was continued and a disposable version was created that was not very successful.
In 2000, the material that would be used to make it appeared: the medical grade silicone. Since then, every day more women use it and each version is more comfortable and easy to use.
With the sexual and feminist revolution we have been experiencing in recent years, women are losing fears, shame and taboos. They know each other more and know their sexuality more. Therefore, it is the perfect scenario for menstrual cups to begin to take the tampons and compresses off.