By: Isabella Carson
When it is that time of the month you have a few options that are available to you. There are tampons and there are pads. There are also devices called menstrual cups that not many have heard about as they are not widely advertised. Some women prefer these cups to anything else. You insert the cup into the [email protected] and it collects the blood. It can take up to 8 or 9 hours to become full depending on how heavy your flow is, sometimes much less than that. Once it is full you take it out, dump the blood, rinse it off, and put it back in. Here are some facts about the menstrual cup that you should know before trying them out:
1. Water – You will need to bring a bottle of water everywhere. Most public restrooms do not have water in the stall other than a toilet and you don’t want to be rinsing your cup out in the open. Make sure that you have a bottle of water on hand every time that you need to empty the cup.
2. Measurements- If you have problems with your cycle or are trying to watch it for tracking purposes the cup makes a great measuring tool. You will be able to get a much better idea of how much blood you are actually using as opposed to trying to guess based on the number of pads you have used. All pads absorb different amounts so that makes it harder to measure.
3. Customization – There is a small tab on the bottom of the cup that helps you to remove it when it is time. Some women state that they can feel this while walking and it makes things very uncomfortable. You can customize it however and cut this tab to a length that will make it seem like it’s not even there, much like a tampon string. There are also different colors that you can choose from.
4. Environment – These cups are environmentally friendly. They are reusable and do not create a bunch of paper waste. They are made of medical silicone so that you can use them over and over. There are also no chemicals or scents like you find in pads so the chance of irritation is much lower.
5. Time – You do not have to worry as much about changing the cup. You can go far longer with one in than a tampon or wearing a pad. You may want to wear a pantyliner just in case of a leak but you should be able to go at least half a day depending on your flow.