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Here Is Why You Should Switch to Menstrual Cups

Written by Dr. Smrita Singh and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

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A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped device that is inserted into the vagina and sits just around the opening of the cervix so that the menstrual blood flows directly into the cup.

Menstrual blood is composed of the endometrial lining that is shed every month following ovulation when conception does not occur. This also happens in cases where ovulation does not occur and in such cases they are known as anovulatory cycles, which is commonly seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Menstrual cups are usually made of medical grade silicone. Both are tested to avoid any allergies and are made following stringent guidelines. Silicone cups are more durable and firm in texture making them less likely to get detached especially in women with strong pelvic floor muscles. They are also better suited for exercising. They can be boiled in water to sterilize them.

The type of cup that one needs depends on whether you have given birth or not. Women who have undergone vaginal childbirth usually need a cup with a larger diameter at the rim since their cervix is usually of a greater diameter. Also, the position of the cervix will affect the size of the cup that you need. Women with a higher positioned cervix can use a longer sized cup than those with a lower positioned cervix.

Now let us look at the advantages of using menstrual cups:

1. Safe and hygienic - It is made of high-quality medical grade silicone and unlike pads and tampons, they do not have plastic or chemical components.

2. No risk of rashes or bacterial infection - Tampons can cause toxic shock syndrome if not changed every four to six hours.

3. Compact - Menstrual cups can be sterilized and stored in a pouch.

4. Reusable - It can be washed, sterilized, and reused. A menstrual cup can be used for five years and up to 10 years if used with care.

5. Economical - It is a one-time investment. It saves the money spent on buying pads and tampons every month.

6. Environment-friendly - Disposal of pads and tampons adds to the waste produced, adversely affecting the environment. Menstrual cups only require flushing of the menstrual blood.

7. Convenient - They are comfortable once you get the hang of how to place them and better suited for outdoor activities and exercise. You can also let them in place for up to 12 hours.

So ladies, switch to a menstrual cup if you have not already, and experience the freedom!

For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist

Last reviewed at: 20.Feb.2019



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