This feminine hygiene item represents an alternative with many advantages over traditional products.
Advisor: Andrea Mejía
Gynecologist and Obstetrician
Due to their novel status, it’s normal for worries and lack of awareness to exist on the subject. However, the gynecologist and obstetrician Andrea Mejía considers menstrual cups to be an entirely valid and safe option for those women who want to experience their period in a more sustainable way. With her help, we disprove some of the common myths around the product and reveal some of its advantages.
- They’re more sustainable than sanitary towels and tampons. Menstrual cups have a lifespan of between three and five years, meaning that they can be used for between 33 and 65 menstrual cycles. Over the same period of time, a woman would get through an average of between 825 and 1625 sanitary towels and/or tampons, the components of which contain a percentage of plastic.
- Filtering is more likely than with other methods. If you use the right size (small for women without an active sex life, medium for those who haven’t had children, and large for those who have) and learn how to insert it properly, there’s no reason for accidents. “One of the things you discover through using them is that you don’t menstruate as much as you seem to”, says Mejía.
- You can feel them more than a tampon. As it involves a more intricate process, putting it in and taking it out may be more uncomfortable than with a tampon, although each person finds out the way that works best for them. There’s no need for it to cause you more discomfort than inserting a tampon, and it doesn’t feel any different unless it’s positioned incorrectly.
- They can get stuck inside. “It’s very difficult for menstrual cups to get stuck inside,” explains Dr. Mejía. You squeeze it together when inserting it, and when it returns to its normal shape a vacuum is created, so by squeezing it together again it should be easy to remove. You can also do Kegel exercises to move it.
- They can cause you to lose your virginity. “This doesn’t present any problem, as they are positioned in a part of the vaginal canal that has nothing to do with the hymen, and they can be used regardless of whether the patient is a virgin or not- it won’t interfere with that”, the gynecologist notes.
- They can lead to infections. As with other methods, poor hygiene can cause infections. Menstrual cups should be inserted and removed with clean hands, and taken out to dispose of their contents every four to eight hours depending on the flow of each woman. They should also be boiled before use and before being put away.
- They reduce cramps. By working more naturally and bringing about downwards flow, the endometrium in the uterus doesn’t become as inflamed and the feeling of cramps can diminish in comparison with tampons.
They require a storage method. This isn’t necessary, although the different brands have accessories available for carrying them, and for washing and boiling them more easily.