A cup or a tampon?
In any women's handbag you can find - besides other necessities - also an emergency pad or a tampon. Even that these are the most commonly used feminine hygiene products by women, menstrual cups are proud to be taking as well their place too.
The first cups were produced in the 1980s, so they are not a complete novelty. However they are getting slowly popular amongst Czech women in the last ten years. The reason why cups are not more popular is unclear. There are a few unanswered questions, doubts and myth surrounded menstrual cups.
Let´s get it clear
The menstrual cup is a hygienic aid that replaces tampons and pads. Like a tampon, it is inserted into the vagina, but the blood is not absorbed like it is in case of tampons and pads, but it is collected. After several hours, the cup must be removed, the blood poured out, cup to be cleaned and then it can be reinserted again. Reusability is one of the first advantages of the cup. The other advantage will be more pleased with your wallet.
Woman during her life uses up to 14,000 tampons. That's a really high number. With the cup you count only with few pieces because it can be used for 5-10 years. This gives us completely different dimension of thinking about the one-time purchase (approx. € 20). Your investment returns within 6-7 months and also you will quickly reduce the amount of waste and thus benefit the environment.
Another big plus is the material. The menstrual cup is made of medical silicone. It is soft, adaptable and is not impregnated with any deodorants or superabsorbents. Blood has no chance to start reacting to any substances that could negatively affect your health. https://www.yuukicup.com/en/eshop/soft-menstrual-cup-detail-572
5 plus for a menstrual cup
If a woman finds the right cup, she does not even notice it during her cycle and she can devote herself to her activities as she is accustomed to. Many athletes and active women appreciate the cup while swimming, running, cycling etc. Women with a heavy menstrual periods increase confidence during sleep and pregnant women use it while visiting the pool to prevent chlorinated water from accessing the cervix.
• The material of the cup prevents adhesion of bacteria. The risk of mycoses or toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is rapidly decreasing compare to tampons.
• The cup does not caused vaginal dryness by absorbing the natural moisture of the vagina. The tampons´ superabsorbency mean that the viscosity of vaginal fluids are enhanced, providing an environment conducive to bacterial growth.
• The cup does not release any synthetic fibers when used, which are a common part of tampons a pads.
• The cup is smooth. Unlike the tampons, there is no any mechanical damage made to the vagina.
• Although the cups are made chemically, there is no risk of chemical transmission to the body as conventional pads or tampons: cotton insecticides or herbicides, dioxins produced by bleaching cotton or cellulose with chlorine and other pollutants from perfumes or dyes.