When it comes to managing your menstrual flow each month, you have several options available. Tampons and pads are the most used methods to absorb vaginal bleeding, but there is another way that has recently gained a lot of attention from menstruating females, especially those that are in college.
Instead of absorbing bleeding like tampons and pads, menstrual cups (or period cups) are used to “catch” your flow. Period cups are small, flexible cups made of latex rubber or silicone. They are inserted into the vagina during menstruation to contain bleeding and are dumped out when full. Most girls with an average amount of bleeding will empty their period cup about 2-3 times per day. They are not uncomfortable to insert, as they collapse when they glide in and open to snugly rest along your vaginal walls when in place.
While period cups seem to be a new trend in college girls, they are certainly not new to the market. Period cups have been around since the 1930’s! Why are college girls just now latching on to this form of period protection?
They are an Economical Option
Tampons and pads are not reusable, so they must be purchased repeatedly. Period cups, however, can be used again and again. Just a one time expense of about $15-$20 can be all you need to manage your monthly flow for up to two years or more.
They are Safe for the Environment
College kids and millennials have taken a vested interested in protecting the environment. Period cups are the ideal way to do so in order to avoid large amounts of waste created by tampons, pads and other non-recyclable feminine products.
They Do Not Contain Toxins
Many women fear the effects of leaving a tampon inside their body for hours on end. Once they find out what is inside many of these cotton-like products, they become even more concerned. Toxic Shock Syndrome is another worry when accidentally leaving your tampon in too long. With period cups, this risk is eliminated, as the silicone or latex rubber is very safe and well tolerated by the body.
It’s Not Hard to Use
While it may seem intimidating or a major hassle to insert a vaginal cup every time you have your period, it is actually easier than you think. Using a menstrual cup is much like using a tampon, but they just work a little differently. For most women, the cups are easy and comfortable to insert – and they do their job of preventing leakage!
Want to learn more about period cups or other ways to control your menstrual flow? Talk to our experts at North Pointe OB/GYN – we specialize in helping women through their “time of the month.”