Have You Heard Of Menstrual Cups? Some Women Are Too Scared To Even Try Them

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mense cupBy Staff Blogger

Many women have never heard of menstrual cups and among those that have, some are too scared to try them. As with many things, because many women don’t quite know exactly how they work, it makes them fearful of trying them. Just looking at the cup, it appears that a woman who uses one may feel pain if she attempted to use it.

There are however some good reasons why a woman may want to consider using the cup, among them, saving some money because they are reusable. Another reason that some women would consider using the cups is that they are also “green”.

A blog called elephantjournal.com, has more information about what menstrual cups are and shares the experiences of women who use them:

What are menstrual cups and how do they work? Cups are a reusable alternative to tampons and pads. Most are bell or cone shaped and made of silicone. A cup sits under the cervix and forms a seal with vaginal walls to catch menstrual fluid.

How do I insert a menstrual cup? You fold the flexible silicon, insert towards your tailbone and allow to pop open. How much discomfort you feel will depend on how firm/large your cup is, whether your hymen is intact, and how narrow your vaginal opening is.

Why should I switch? There are good environmental and personal reasons to try a menstrual cup. They are reusable for years, reduce waste and can save you the cost of many boxes of tampons and pads. They hold more than even a super tampon without risk of TSS and can be left in for up to 12 hours at a time. Since cups don’t absorb anything, they also don’t dry you out the way tampons do. Unlike pads, there’s no wet feeling or butcher shop smell, and maintenance is dead easy (boil or wash with mild soap). Most menstrual cup companies are small women-owned businesses. Still, I was unconvinced until a friend told me that the cup worked so well that she could even forget she was on her period. That was the point at which I decided I had to try one of these things.

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Love Love Love the menstrual cup and have been using for years. Instead is the brand of choice for me.

  2. I wish I had this cup when I was menstruating. I remember Tassaways and all of a sudden they disappeared. My periods would be so heavy that I had to wear both a tampon and pads. Yes, all of my fibroids were removed and yet my periods were extremely heavy. I had to use Poise pads sometimes.

    If the cup overflowed, then the pad would take over.

  3. There wonderful I’ve been using one similar for years its called instead and I love it. You do not put in your cervix obviously it covets it and collects it and it can be left in for up to 12 hours. Would love to try one of these other ones would like to see if works as well as the instead. Its nice for when your very active and want the freedom to move and not worry about accidents.

  4. These are great! Tampons are bleached, do you really want bleached cotton in your vagina? They save a ton of money and there is no waste. They are easy to use, and never leak. They are much safer than tampons and just think, if every woman used them, it would be very beneficial to our planet. Right now we should be doing everything possible to have less waste and this is a very good way to cut yours down. To those who say “gross” get over it and embrace your femininity. You are a woman and you most likely have a period. Do yourself and the environment a favor and use a menstrual cup.

  5. Tampons are bleached, do you really want bleached cotton in your vagina? They save a ton of money and there is no waste. They are easy to use, and never leak. They are much safer than tampons and just think, if every woman used them, it would be very beneficial to our planet. Right now we should be doing everything possible to have less waste and this is a very good way to cut yours down. To those who say “gross” get over it and embrace your femininity. You are a woman and you most likely have a period. Do yourself and the environment a favor and use a menstrual cup.

  6. oops didn’t mean to post twice.. it said I had already posted but it didn’t at first, then both posted at once.. so moderator..please just post the first one. Thanks!

  7. I have used a keeper cup and a diva cup and they are awesome!!! they cut down on cramping cause unlike tampons they sit at the base of the uterus and then there is nothing for your muscles to cramp around. They also are not absorbing the natural lubrication your vagina produces during your cycle. I went from a 7 day cycle to 3 days after I started using my cup. Not to mention the money im saving. i dont have to pay for pads and tampons anymore, which have bleach in them and clog up the landfills. I use luna pads for light days (they are washable) and the cup for heavy days. And you only have to change them once or twice a day not every few hours. I have been using a cup for over 10 years and i love them. I can go swimming and bike riding ect without feeling like im wearing a diaper or i have a giant q-tip in my vagina. You should think about giving them a try your body will thank you for it

  8. The people complaining need to learn how to walk up to the window and look outside the box.

    Do you remember Tassaways?

  9. Bette Vargas on

    My 75 year old mentor told me about the menstrual cup years ago. She may have used it before pads were “invented”! She said the money she saved was part of her reparations! By the time she told me I was postmenopausal but I told my daughter about the cup. She loves it and has been using it for years. Pads and tampons are not natural. Tampons cause cancer.

  10. The1WhoShallRemainNameless on

    There are different menstrual cups for virgins, women who have given birth, women who have had surgical procedures, etc.

    From what I understand, these cups should not be considered by females like me, who have a retroverted cervix.

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