A menstrual period is reality for most women who have uteruses, and are of child bearing age. From puberty to menopause, most people with uteruses will have a monthly period that can last anywhere from three to five or more days. There are several options available for someone to use during their menstrual flow. Most people may prefer pads or tampons, but have you heard of another option called the menstrual cup?
The menstrual cup is usually made of flexible silicone or rubber and is shaped like a bell. The menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina and catches the blood before it flows out. Something interesting about the cup is that it can be used for ten-twelve consecutive hours; however it is recommended to be emptied, washed, and rinsed at least 2-3 times a day. Of course this is not a set standard for everyone, if someone has a heavier flow it should be emptied more times a day to prevent leakage.
This method might not be for everyone. Below are some things to consider when using the menstrual cup:
- Lower cost over time because they are reusable
- More time between changes, like mentioned above
- Easy to use
- Can be messy when removing and emptying the cup
- Difficulty to insert for some (but can become easier over time)
- Fit problems due to individual anatomy
- Maintenance (after menstrual cycle the cup should be sterilized in boiling water)
Although it is not being widely used, the menstrual cup is another option someone can use. Read more about the Diva Cup and figure out if this could be a method for you.