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How Safe are Menstrual Cups?

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So you have decided to switch from disposables to reusable period cups and got one for yourself. Now you are wondering if you made the right decision. Doubt starts to fill your mind as a first time user and you start visualising awkward scenarios with friends or a series of unplanned and embarrassing trips to the doctor because you are uncertain whether using menstrual cups is actually safe.

Take comfort from the fact that using menstrual cups for the first time can cause some level of discomfort to some but youíll get over it easily. And yes, menstrual cups are 100% safe to use. Using it involves some suction and with your body and mind relaxed, you can easily remove your reusable cup without having to worry much.

However, if you are still unsure if menstrual cup is truly right for you, here are the 4 reasons why they are safer compared to chemical-laden disposable sanitary pads.

Materials

Unlike disposables, materials are clearly indicated on the packaging of menstrual cups. Sellers or brands are transparent in terms of what materials they use to produce their product to educate the consumer before making a purchase.

Most menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone but it may take some trial and error to find your perfect cup because some silicone is sturdier than others. If you do not want to use silicone products, you can choose menstrual cups made from later rubber instead.

Biocompatibility

Several studies conducted by independent organisations suggest that disposable tampons and pads contain dioxins, carcinogens and reproductive toxins. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are considered biocompatible which means they do not cause any harmful effects and pose no serious health risk when inserted into the human body. However, it should be noted that some women reported irritation and discomfort on first time use but conditions are more likely caused by improper insertion, incorrectly size cup or merely a result of using menstrual cup for the first time. Some people are more sensitive than others so it may take a few weeks to get comfortable using menstrual cups.

In the event you forget that you are wearing a menstrual cup, donít worry. Menstrual cups are also designed to hold as much fluid as pads and tampons so wearing them overnight will not cause overflowing or leaking. Most cups are safe to be left in for up to 12 hours but itís always recommended to check with your brand and read the manufacturer's notes.

Menstrual Cups are Eco-friendly

On average, a woman uses between 12,000 to 15,000 tampons and pads in her lifetime. Unfortunately, these disposables end up in landfills and oceans and it takes thousands of years before they break down.

Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are eco-friendly and recyclable. Using them instead of disposable can massively reduce your impact on the environment. Depending on the material of your menstrual cup, there are various ways of getting rid of them. Most cities have recycling centers that recycle medical-grade silicone and waste incinerators that burn waste to create energy from the heat. When burned, silicone does not produce any nasty chemicals and will turn into ash. You can also repurpose your menstrual cup into something more useful like a miniature watering can.

In conclusion, thereís no doubt that menstrual cups are far better than their disposable counterparts. They are safe to use and good on the environment which is a huge plus if you are worried about your environmental impact.

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