What's a menstrual cup?
What’s the skinny on cups?
Cups seem to be all the rage at the moment. They can be a bit tricky for first time users, but they offer heaps of benefits.
They’re a fantastic reusable alternative to pads and tampons. This is the main reason for their rise in popularity.
The green factor
Once used, tampons and pads are thrown into landfills.
One pad, or tampon applicator, has been compared to several shopping bags worth of plastic, which could take centuries to break down.
Think how much that is over the odd thirty plus years women have their periods for.
Cups greatly diminish monthly period waste as each cup can last upwards of five years if cared for properly.
Although cups are more expensive upfront, they have a longevity and durability that tampons and pads don’t.
How do they work?
The cup collects blood rather than absorbing it like tampons and pads do. Therefore you don’t have to worry about chemicals or using products with organic cotton.
Unlike tampons you can leave a cup in for hours, up to 8. Where as tampons should be changed every 4 hours.
You can insert cups when you don’t have your period. So, you can practice before your period starts. Read why you can’t do this with tampons.
This means cups are an excellent choice for active girls and women, as you can leave them in for much longer than tampons.
To insert the cup, you need to fold the cup in half and you need to place it inside the vagina.
To remove the cup, pull on the tail like you would with a tampon and empty the blood into the toilet.
You’ll need to sterilise the cup (boil the living daylights out of it) before reinserting it. Why? Read on dear friend…
What is TSS?
It’s important to sterilise cups after each use to prevent contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
TSS is very rare bacterial infection but if you do get it it’s serious. It can be fatal, so read carefully and be prepared Lunatics.
Bacteria can grow on cups if they’re not sterilised after each use. When inserting cups, you can cause tiny abrasions on the inside of your vagina.
If the cup you’re using isn’t sterilised and it has bacteria on it, this bacteria can enter your bloodstream via these small cuts.
Once in your bloodstream, it can make you very sick. Read about the symptoms of TSS.
To prevent TSS, you’ll need to boil cups in water for at least 10 minutes after each use.
So, it’s helpful to have another cup in circulation to use while you’re cleaning the first cup.
You can also contract TSS from tampons but it’s more common with cups.
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