Women around the world are increasingly choosing menstrual cup. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a menstrual cup? Are there any significant advantages and disadvantages of using menstrual cup rather than conventional products you haven’t considered yet?
Please keep reading to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of menstrual cups and how they compare to disposable menstrual hygiene products.
Reuse, recycle and reduce
In my opinion, the most compelling advantage of menstrual cups is their positive impact on the environment. Unlike single-use disposable products, menstrual cups do not produce waste. You can easily dispose of the menstrual cup. So, it is beneficial for the environment if menstrual hygiene products are recyclable. If you use a menstrual cup for two years, you will save 528 tampons. Each Fairy Menstrual cup comes packaged in a minimal box of recyclable cardboard.
Don’t waste your money.
Tampons and pads can be expensive, especially if you need to buy a box every month. The average individual spends over 170000 PKR on menstruation products during their lifetime. On the other hand, menstrual cups can help you save money and prevent having to buy tampons and pads every month. Eventually, your cup will become discolored or stained, which is perfectly normal. But even if you need to replace your cup after a few years, you will still be able to save money.
Change isn’t always beneficial.
You should change tampons every 4-8 hours and pads every 8 to 12 hours. The menstrual cup has the benefit of being worn for up to 12 hours. A menstrual cup has a larger capacity, which is a strong advantage. Night pads hold between 10 and 15 ml of blood, while super-absorbent tampons hold 12 ml of fluid. Your cup’s capacity can vary between 25 and 30 ml, depending on its size. So you won’t have to empty your cup as often.
Keep everything in balance.
Vaginal health is extremely significant. Almost any disruption to the body, including stress, diet, or medication, can cause an imbalance. By creating a warm, moist environment, pads can encourage bacteria growth and increase infections. Bacteria of this type can cause discomfort and irritation. Furthermore, tampons may disrupt the pH balance of your body. In addition to absorbing menstrual blood, tampons capture all the natural (favorable) bacteria in the vaginal area. This removal, along with blood, can lead to an imbalance in your pH levels.
Menstrual cups don’t absorb anything, but they collect it instead. All the natural fluids your body produces are collected and then emptied later, so there is no over-absorption, dryness, or discomfort. Consequently, you are left with a healthy, happy vagina. Menstrual cups are pretty good as far as pros and cons are concerned.
Menstrual Cup is Odorless
Blood has an unpleasant odor when exposed to air. When you use pads, this cannot be prevented. While it’s completely natural, many people feel embarrassed or ashamed of it.
You can, however, reduce odor during your period and feel more confident. The menstrual cup is excellent for reducing odor. The blood is collected inside the body in the menstrual cup, so it’s not exposed to the air. Since your blood does not have prolonged exposure to air, it can’t produce an odor.
We’ve talked about the advantages of using menstrual cups; now it’s time to discuss the potential disadvantages.
Disadvantages of using Menstrual Cup
It takes time to insert
Just like the first time you wore a tampon, it was more difficult than you imagined. It does become easier after you use it for a few cycles. Your body gets used to it. As soon as you relax, you can easily change your tampon with your eyes closed.
Menstrual Cup works the same way. Getting used to it will take some practice. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to empty and re-insert your cup without any trouble.
It might seem like a disadvantage to some people since it does take some time and practice. But it will all work out in the end!
Menstrual Cup cleaning
Menstrual cups need care, unlike disposable products. To do this, you will need to sanitize your cup between menstrual cycles and check it for wear and tear. When you have your period, you do not have to sanitize your cup every time you empty it. If you have just finished your period, you can easily sanitize your cup in boiling water for about 3 to 5 minutes. Just make sure you do not burn the silicone.
Using your fingers is necessary for inserting and emptying your cup. Getting your hand in there and feeling around is essential.
It may not be very comforting if you are experiencing this for the first time. However, you will get used to it with time.
You can’t deny that menstrual cups are innovative and are well-designed, whether you’re an experienced user or a beginner.
Have you tried the Fairy Menstrual Cup? Tell us how it is going. We would love to hear from you.