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Vagina Chronicles: Menstrual Cups

Written by Gemina


Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular these days. Did you know that they have been around since 1932? L. J. Goodard patented a "vaginal receptacle." Like most menstrual cups of today, it was a bell-shaped objects that a person could insert in their vaginal canal to collect menstrual blood1. 


The popularity of menstrual cups has been due to their;

Reusability- manufacturers make these products out of soft, pliable, sterilized, and easy to clean medical-grade materials

Longevity (can last up to 10 years)



How does a menstrual cup work?

The small, flexible cup catches and collects your flow instead of absorbing it like pad or tampon. You can wear the cup for up to twelve hours then you just empty, wash with soap and water, and replace it. At the end of your cycle, you sterilize your cup in boiling water.


How does the menstrual cup compare to tampons & pads?


The good

A menstrual cup can hold 1 ounce of liquid, roughly twice the amount of a super-absorbent tampon or pad.

There’s less odor. Menstrual blood can start to smell when it’s exposed to air. But your cup forms an airtight seal2.

Eco-friendly.

Cost effective.


The bad

It takes time to find the right fit for you. Trial and error period can be challenging.

Removal can be tricky even once you’ve perfected the insertion process. 

It can interfere with your IUD if you have one. 

There's still the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS).


Gemina’s Recommendations: 

Do what works and is comfortable for you. Myself I have not been brave to try the menstrual cup but I know women who swear by it.

If you do try the menstrual cup, know that it will take a few tries before finding the right one.


References:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325790.php#2

https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/menstrual-cup#2

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