How Long Do Menstrual Cups Last
Menstrual cups are non-absorbent. They do not work like disposable pads and tampons. What they do instead, is that they catch and collect menstrual fluid.
These feminine hygiene devices are made from medical-grade silicone. They do not contain latex or plastics. Because they are made from silicone, they can be recycled and returned to its natural state by being biodegradable.
These cups also do not contain bleach, chemical additives and toxins. Meaning they are 100% safe to be inserted inside the vagina.
Capacity of Menstrual Cups
The best thing about menstrual cups is that a single cup can absorb 3x the capacity of a tampon. Imagine the amount of money that you get to save just by using one. Moreover, a menstrual cup can be used for upto 12 hours. Without even feeling any discomfort or leakage, it can be ideal to be used overnight.
These are designed like a flexible cup resembling a bell shape with a stem that can be trimmed. Before your period starts, it is inserted inside the vagina by tightly folding it just like inserting a tampon. Once inside, this device will spring open. You may need to adjust it several times. If the menstrual cup is properly inserted, you will never feel anything. Not even the slightest discomfort.
Menstrual cups are readily available in every feminine care aisle or section. Actually, these cups have been around for years with a little history dating back to the 1930s. But only in 1987 did the US manufacture its first menstrual cup.
However, even if menstrual cups have been around for decades, some women are still hesitant to use one. They shouldn’t be tagged as a second choice to disposables. Nor do they deserve to be shoved hidden in the women's section.
A menstrual cup is eco-friendly
Menstrual cups deserve the limelight because they are eco-friendly alternatives to disposable sanitary pads and tampons. Instead of disposing of one after use, you simply pour out the contents, wash and reuse.
That’s way better than adding up to non-biodegradable wastes buried in landfills. Furthermore, a single menstrual cup can last for 10 years. This can even depend solely on every user's care routine.
Choosing the right menstrual cup for you
You may go through a few trials and errors before you can settle for the right cup for you. First time users may feel a little discomfort upon insertion of the cup but it shouldn’t cause any vaginal irritation nor should it cause any concerns because the discomfort will go away eventually after continued use.
It is highly recommended that prior to using the cup, it should be boiled in no less than 5 minutes. Wash your hands before inserting the cup into your vagina as well.
Looking after your menstrual cup
In order to make a menstrual cup last, it should be properly cleaned. Never use bleach, detergents, alcohol and any oil-based antibacterial soap because they could potentially disrupt the integrity of your cup which could lead to bigger concerns like vaginal irritation. Instead, use either vinegar, which is known as a natural cleaning agent, or baking soda in cleaning your menstrual cup.
If you notice that there is a little stain on your cup, don’t panic. It’s pretty natural but an extreme one should let you replace it. Once your cup has tears and holes, it is also recommended to buy a new one. As a matter of fact, menstrual cups have holes already but these could catch blood and gunk so it should be thoroughly cleaned.
Menstrual cups should also be sterilized after the end of every menstrual cycle. It keeps germs and bacteria away and helps make your menstrual cup last. Do this by boiling it in a pot of boiling water for a maximum of 10 minutes. Warning though, do not let it touch the bottom of the pot as it can stick and melt.
Moreover, a change in the vagina’s pH level can cause an overgrowth in yeast and menstrual cup that has been used after an infection should be replaced as well.
Most menstrual cups are advertised to last for 10 years but it should be replaced even before then. In 2-4 years, your cup might start to manifest deterioration and even unpleasant odor. Thoroughly inspect your menstrual cup so you would know if it is up for replacement. Use even the sense of smell to determine if it could still be inserted down there.
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