Every woman has those days of the month when she must use tampons, pads, or menstrual cups. Most of the women use pads or tampons but in the recent years, the use of the menstrual cups is becoming more and more popular. So, today we are going to present you how to use the menstrual cup and is it better than a tampon.
What are they made of?
Tampons are made of rayon, cotton or a combination of them both. The tampons don’t contain preservatives and dyes but we cannot say what exactly they contain, the FDA doesn’t regulate their ingredients so they aren’t fully known.
Menstrual cups are made of silicone and latex. They are completely safe for use.
How does it work?
They collect the fluid and you need to empty it out while tampons absorb the fluid but they also dry the vaginal area in the women.
How much fluid can they hold?
They can hold five times more than the fluid the tampons contain.
Is it comfortable?
If you position them correctly, you shouldn’t feel the tampon and the cup. The tampon can dry out the vaginal area, therefore, it can sometimes irritate your vagina, while the cup is made of silicon and it doesn’t alter the pH balance or the moisture in the vaginal area.
How can you insert it?
Both of them are inserted into the vagina. The tampon is inserted higher into the vagina but is easier to take it out, just tug on the string. While the cup needs to be folded in order to put it inside the vagina and it opens up when it is inserted but you need more effort in order to take it out. You need to squeeze the base of it, break the seal and the pull it out.
How long can you leave it?
The cup can be left up to 12 hours while the tampon 0nly 8 hours.
Is it safe?
Both of them are safe for use but the tampons can lead to toxic shock syndrome if they are not changed regularly. In this case, there are bacteria builds up and they go into the bloodstream and lead to TSS.
Menstrual cups are non-absorbent, non-porous, and bacteria-resistant which makes them safer for use.
How much do they cost?
Although menstrual cups are more expensive with time the cost is significantly less than tampons.
How do they affect the environment?
Menstrual cups are reusable and therefore they reduce the amount of environmental waste. They are also recycled so they are better for the environment.