Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially because of their reusability.
But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? So today, I am going to try and answer such questions.
Menstrual cups have been around at least since 1932. Like most menstrual cups of today, the cups then were bell-shaped objects that women could insert in their vaginal canal to collect menstrual blood. Nowadays, manufacturers make these products out of soft, pliable, sterilized, and easy to clean medical-grade materials, such as silicone, rubber, latex, and elastomer. Menstrual cups have become increasingly popular, thanks to the fact that a person can reuse them. They are also durable and can last for approximately 10 years. Many individuals see menstrual cups as an eco-friendly product. Those who are committed to reducing waste created by the plastic, non-recyclable, and non-biodegradable materials present in disposable pads and tampons are choosing them over other menstrual hygiene products. But whether or not they are as safe, less safe, or safer than the conventional disposable pads and tampons has remained an open question. Right? Leakage Rates Similar Between Products Globally, 1.9 billion women are of menstruating age, spending on average 65 days a year dealing with menstrual blood flow. A few good quality studies exist that compare sanitary products. According to a study, leakage rates were similar between menstrual cups and other products, while one study suggested that menstrual cups leaked significantly less. Some studies indicated that leakage resulted for a variety of reasons, including abnormally heavy bleeding, a unique anatomy of the uterus, using a cup that was too small, placing the cup incorrectly, or not emptying it in time. As many as 13 of the studies under review found that approximately 70% of the people using menstrual cups in the study were happy to continue using the product once they had familiarized themselves with how to use them correctly. The review also suggests that information about the menstrual cups and how to use them is often lacking, and many people remain unaware that these reusable products are even available. Menstrual Cups are Safe to Use The studies also looked at the extent to which menstrual cups were safe to use. Among participants in the available studies, only five reported experiencing toxic shock syndrome after using a menstrual cup. However, the researchers caution that it is unclear how many people actually use menstrual cups. Using menstrual cups did not affect vaginal flora. Research that examined the vaginal canal and the cervix after a person used a menstrual cup showed that this product did not cause tissue damage. There may, however, be some risks for women using intrauterine devices (IUDs).
What are your views on sanitary products?