Pros and cons of using the menstrual cup
From our point of view, there are no disadvantages to using a menstrual cup, but it is indeed necessary to tell you the whole truth about it. Stuff nobody tells you.
Before we start, what is a menstrual cup?
It is a cup-shaped medical-grade silicone container that folds into the vaginal canal, opens, and collects your menstrual flow. In recent years it has gained popularity for being more environmentally friendly and because it turns out to be very comfortable for many users. But there are still many doubts and fears about it. So without further ado, we present a list of the pros and cons of using a menstrual cup.
Advantages of the menstrual cup
- They are reusable, and this means less expense and less waste. An average person that menstruates will dispose of approximately 11,000 pads or tampons, along with their wrappers, applicators, and packaging in their lifetime.
- They have greater capacity: Lani Classic holds 23 ml and Lani mini, 18. Sanitary pads or tampons absorb from 5 to 10 ml. This translates to fewer trips to the bathroom to change your pad or tampon.
- You can use it for more extended periods. Pads and tampons should be changed every 6-8 hours for safety, whereas the menstrual cup is safe for up to 12 hours. Sure, it will depend on how heavy your flow is; you may have to change it more often.
- You won't feel anything! (when it is well placed). Our users have asked us to be explicit. When we say 'you won't feel anything', we mean NOTHING. This makes it a much more comfortable alternative since it allows you to do all kinds of activities with greater freedom of movement.
- Menstrual cups do not absorb but rather collect menstrual flow. So they don't dry out or irritate the vagina. When tampons absorb, they absorb your period AND the healthy bacteria that protect you from vaginal infections. The menstrual cup does not alter the vaginal microbiota.
- They do not contain chemicals found in tampons and pads, such as dioxin.
- Menstrual cups are better for the body since their material is hypoallergenic and prevents the growth of bacteria.
- A lower probability of contracting infections using the menstrual cup has been shown, including Toxic Shock Syndrome. Although TSS has occurred in few menstrual cup users, it has been due to misuse of the product, leaving it inside the body for far more hours than indicated.
- Many users report less severe cramping when using the cup, although no clinical studies have been conducted to support this.
- The menstrual flow does not smell bad; the cup has shown us. The foul smell usually accompanying menstruation results from contact with oxygen and the chemicals in pads and tampons. When using the cup, the flow doesn't smell bad, and neither do you. Since the cup creates an airtight seal, it does not allow people around you to perceive any sort of odor.
- There is a learning curve. You have to practice, and the first cycles will likely be frustrating, and you might have some leaks. Different methods and tips can help you, but in the end, you will have to find the best way to insert it yourself and verify that it has opened completely.
- You have to be in contact with your body. We would not consider this a disadvantage, but we know that many are not used to it, and it may seem like a negative point.
- You will not only be in contact with your body but also with your menstrual flow. And things can get a little messy. The mess will most likely disappear with practice, but consider that in the first cycles, you can get your hands, clothes, the floor, and walls dirty.
- It is not as easy to change as a pad that you simply throw away. When you are in a public bathroom, for example, it will be necessary to be prepared. You can take a water bottle with you, rinse over the toilet, and re-insert without leaving the stall to wash your cup in the communal sinks.
- Your body changes all the time, and what worked for you one cycle may not work for the next.
- If the cup is incorrectly positioned, it can be uncomfortable or even painful. If the cup is touching your cervix, it may feel like severe cramping. If it's pressing forward or backward, you may feel pressure on your bladder, urinary tract, or rectum. If it is too low, the stem can poke out between the labia and be uncomfortable. Don't worry; it's just a matter of removing it and re-inserting it in another position.
- Although it has a large capacity, you are likely to fill it overnight and have leaks if you have a very heavy flow. In these cases, we recommend using a cloth pad, period underwear, or any type of backup so that you do not have to get up to change your cup in the middle of the night or ruin your favorite sheets.
- Finally, we believe that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages and that after trying it and using it successfully, most of the cons disappear with practice.
What do you think? If you believe we left out any advantages or disadvantages, comment below