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.