What are menstrual cups?

I think a lot of you would agree that menstruation is not the most enjoyable time of the month, add this to the monthly struggle to choose the product which makes you feel safe and fresh. And if earlier we could just focus on the choice between pads and tampons and endless brands of them, now menstrual cups entered the game, questioning our ethics and environmental responsibility. So with this article, I will try my best to understand (and hopefully help you understand) what are those “new creatures” and why we should pay our attention to it. 

Picture contains depiction of disposable pads and tampons

What is a period cup made of?

Cherriful cups are made of 100% medical silicone. What does that mean? Medical grade silicone is a rubber-like material that is mostly used in the medicine and food industries. It’s known for being durable, flexible, and resistant to water and higher temperatures. But what is more important it’s proven that it doesn't produce a toxic response from the body. So it’s completely safe to put it into your body! Yay! 


Is the cup safe? 

Will I feel it? Can it give me any scratches inside? Can I do sports in it? There are sooo many questions connected to the use of the cup. You can find answers on all (or at least most) of them in our blog. How does a menstrual cup work? Long story short, you can insert your cup inside your cervix by folding it, and then when you release the hold, the cup will open completely and collect all the blood. As the cup is very soft you can do whatever you want and not be afraid of leaks. And not only during the first several hours but up to 8 hours of usage! 

Okay, now you might be wondering if it’s safe to insert something into your body for such a long period of time, especially when we all have been scared of what could happen if we have a tampon for too long. Yes, I am talking about Toxic Shock Syndrome. Period cups can lead to the TSS, but there is no need to panic. There were only 2 cases of the TSS connected to the menstrual cups and both women left the cup inside for over 5 days. So if you use your cup according to the instructions for a maximum of 8 hours, there is no need to worry.


Which size should I choose?

Cherriful cups come in 2 sizes: small/medium and large. The size depends on 3 main parameters: fitness level, age, and if you’ve given birth. If you are under 30 years old, have a high fitness level, and never have given birth before, then don’t hesitate and go for a small size. In other cases, go for a bigger one. But in general, women can use both large and small cups with no problems. We even recommend buying both sizes to those women who have heavier flows on some days, as larger cups will take longer to fill.

As I mentioned in the beginning, menstrual cups make you think of the question of the environment. Did you know that one Cherriful menstrual cup can be used for up to 5 years, compared to single use tampons and pads, which survive only for several hours! So it’s pretty clear that the difference in pollution is drastic. And just imagine, how much money you will save;).

So now I can say that it’s clear to me that I need to finally stop buying hundreds of tampons and pads and switch to one pretty Cherriful Cup

 

References

  • Menstrual cups 'safe and effective' alternative to tampons and pads - nhs.uk
  • Menstrual cup use, leakage, acceptability, safety, and availability: a systematic review and meta-analysis - sciencedirect.com

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