Advantages of the menstrual cup

Although it has been used for years in some European countries, such as Spain, the menstrual cup is not well known in Mexico. It is a container that is inserted bent into the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual flow.

According to the Dr. Montse Mayor, Spanish specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology , the difference of the menstrual cup with other internal methods of use, such as tampons or sanitary napkins, is that it does not absorb the flow but it remains in the container, as explained in the following video:

It can even be left inside the vagina for up to 10 hours because its material is non-toxic and has a large storage capacity. After removing it and removing the liquid in the toilet, it is cleaned with water and reintroduced. Once the cycle is finished, boil it to sterilize it and save it for the next period.


Advantages of the menstrual cup

  1. Resistant and hypoallergenic material: The menstrual cup is made with Thermolast, a new material that does not carry proteins, discolorants, deodorants or absorbent gels, does not produce any type of reaction or allergy.
  2. Healthy and hygienic method: The menstrual cup is sterile silicone so it does not allow the proliferation of infections. In addition, as it does not alter the natural conditions of the inside and outside of the vagina and lacks chemical products (anticoagulants, bleaches) it is much safer for health.
  3. Comfort: It is very comfortable and practical since only one is needed to protect you during your period. It can be left inside the vagina for up to 10 hours and also during the night, although the amount of menstrual fluid that each woman has must always be taken into account.
  4. Economic: It is a cheap method, if we compare it with the amount of tampons or sanitary towels that we acquired during years. A menstrual cup can cost around 30 euros (540 pesos) in Spain and has a life of between five and 10 years, which is a great saving.
  5. Ecological: Although silicone is neither biodegradable nor recyclable, the glass requires much less resources and chemical products than would be necessary for the production, storage, sale and processing of waste of the equivalent of tampons or towels.

The capacity of the menstrual cup is about 30 milliliters, that is, between a third and a quarter of the usual total menstrual flow. With a little practice, you will quickly learn how often to empty.

It is not necessary to remove the cup to urinate or evacuate, however, you should always withdraw before having sex. Never use it as a contraceptive method or as protection against sexually transmitted diseases. And you, would you encourage yourself to use the menstrual cup?

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Video Medicine: The Pros and Cons of Using a Menstrual Cup (December 2022).