Why have I never heard of the menstrual cup?
Even though there may be better options out there, companies are always trying to make a profit and will push those products that make them the most money. The menstrual cup does not fit into the category of profitable relative to the pads and tampons to which we are accustomed. Therefore, it disappeared leaving us women with disposable products that we were forced to buy over and over.
Why has it reappeared today?
1) The internet has allowed all sorts of alternative products to be marketed worldwide very easily
2) People are starting to be “greener”
3) People are looking for ways to be more frugal in today’s economy
4) People recognize this product as superior and tell their friends
What is the Menstrual Cup?
It’s a reusable silicone cup that collects menstrual flow as opposed to absorbing it.
How is it used?
Watch and learn how to insert and remove:
After removal, wipe with toilet paper and insert again. After the final removal, sterilize with soap/water/alcohol. Store in included bag. Sterilize again before using at the onset of the next cycle.
Small: for younger girls and women who haven’t given birth vaginally
Large: older women over 30 and/or women who have given birth vaginally
Why the cup is superior to conventional products:
1) It’s cleaner. It keeps the mess to a minimum. No leaking if inserted properly since it is suctioned in.
2) More convenient. No need to shop for more products all the time. No need to look through your bag and remember to bring something into the bathroom and make sure that you keep it hidden. Plus it collects more so you will need to change it less often (I drain it 2-3 times a day)
3) More comfortable. No one likes sitting in their own blood. You can’t even feel it if it is inserted properly.
4) It’s safer. No risk of TSS. It’s silicone. Also there are no chemicals and bleach involved which there are in conventional products.
5) It can be used before flow starts. I hated waiting for it to start and not knowing if there was a huge stain. For observant Jews, you become niddah whenever you see it, so if you have it in already and choose not to see it until right before shkia, it can save you a few hours if that matters to you.
6) It saves money and better for environment. What will you do with the money you save?
7) May even shorten the cycle by a day. The last day when barely anything comes out but it isn’t quite clean, this is when it is essentially over but the walls are not completely clean yet. The cup keeps the walls clean meaning you won’t need to wait that extra day. For observant Jews, this may mean sheva neki’im could start earlier. For observant Jews who are having trouble conceiving due to a shorter cycle (halachic infertility), the cup could be your answer if you are just missing ovulation by a day.
What are the disadvantages?
Please let me know if you find one. I really can’t think of any. OK, maybe if you lose it and need to buy another one. Maybe if you are so fertile or not fertile at all that you never get a period again. You also can’t use the cup for post-partum bleeding.
Otherwise, the only thing stopping you from using it is that you have never used one before and you are skeptical of the unknown. Just relax, try it out, and enjoy this simple product, the cup that will change your life.