You’ve probably seen the menstrual or so-called period cup all over Youtube and Instagram. And perhaps you're slightly intrigued by it, as more and more women are making the switch. Now, we're here for you! Here's everything you need to know about menstrual cups before you try them out.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene device used during menstruation to collect blood. It’s an alternative to the usual sanitary napkins! A menstrual cup is funnel-shaped and isusually made of silicone or latex so that it can easily be inserted into your vagina.
Why should I use a menstrual cup?
Women opt to use a menstrual cup instead of a napkin since it’s more eco-friendly. A sanitary napkin takes around 500-800 years to decompose and can even end up hurting sea animals and wildlife. Imagine all of the sanitary napkins you use during your lifetime that can definitely be reduced with the use of a menstrual cup. Depending on your menstrual cup and how you take care of it, it can last you from six months to a whopping 10 years before needing a replacement—no kidding! Plus, a menstrual cup is cost-effective. You don’t need to restock every month since it’s reusable anyway! What's more, a menstrual cup can hold way more blood compared to a santiary napkin! A usual sanitary napkin holds up to five to 15mL depending on the type, but a menstrual cup can hold up to 30mL of blood. This means having to less bathroom runs in a day. Oh, and it's super travel friendly. Forget lugging arround napkin—just bring your cup with you and you’re good to go!
But, there’s always a downside to something this great. For a menstrual cup, it’ll definitely take time to get used to and it’ll take a while to find the perfect cup for you. For one, putting it on and actually wearing it are definitely something you need to get used to. Nonetheless, there are many options out there that will suit you perfectly.
How to buy a mesntrual cup?
When picking the best sized menstrual cup for you, you need to consider the following: The heaviness of your flow, your age, your cervix position, and if you’ve given birth.
- The size of your cup depending on the heaviness of your flow is self explanatory. If you usually have a heavier flow, it’s definitely safer to get the bigger cups, and vice versa.
- In terms of your age, smaller cups are recommended if you’re starting out your menstrual journey and slowly transition to bigger cups when you’re older.
- If you have a low cervix, then you need a smaller or shorter cup and if you have a high cervix then most cups are possible for you to use. For lower cervixes, then opt for either a short or v-shaped cup. In this part, you'll want to consult your gynecologist to be sure.
- If you’ve given birth, then you probably need a bigger cup due to infirm pelvic floor muscles.
Soft or Firm Cup
Whether you choose a soft or firm cup, it certainly depends on your lifestyle. If you have sensitive vagina muscles, then it's better to opt for a softer cup. If you are athletic and engage in physical activity, then a firm cup is better to avoid leakage.
The handle grip helps you remove your cup when emptying it. This otion largely depends on your personal preference or what a specific brand offers!
Material and Color
Ensure that the cup you’re purchasing is approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that it was tested for biosafety! Depending on the brand, it’s much safer to opt for cruelty-free brands or even vegan ones! Some cups also come in different colors, so make sure your cup is made with medical-safe dye.
Where do I buy a menstrual cup?
It’s safer to purchase a menstrual cup for reliable and trusted brands to ensure that you’re not putting anything harmful into your body! Here are some brands that sell menstrual cups in the Philippines:
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