Breaking up is hard to do, but when it's time to move on, you just know. You and tampons have a had a lovely partnership for years, but since the menstrual cup appeared on your radar, you can't stop thinking about it. You have your integrity, you're no cheater. If you're going to break up with tampons, it's going to be a conscious uncoupling. But before you can have the it's not you, it's me talk, there are some questions to ask yourself before using the menstrual cup.
You've heard the buzz, and you're curious. Although it's been around for years, the menstrual cup is having it's moment in the sun and this new popularity has piqued people's interest. If you've been wondering if the cup is right for you, start asking some questions that will help you understand how it works, what it's made of, and address your safety concerns. The more informed you are, the easier it will be to decide if the menstrual cup is your one true soul mate or if you and tampons were meant to live happily ever after.
Understanding the menstrual cup is pretty simple when you break it down. Take a look at these nine questions to ask yourself before you start using the menstrual cup, and you'll have all the knowledge you need to make your decision.
1. How Is It Different From Tampons?
The difference between the cup and tampons, is the manner in which they manage your flow: tampons absorb, while cups collect. The best part is, menstrual cups can hold more flow than a tampon, meaning you don't need to worry with it as much, according to Mayo Clinic.
2. Am I Comfortable With The Application?
Inserting and removing a menstrual cup requires a good amount of hand-to-vag contact, so you need to make sure you are comfortable with the possibility of getting a little blood on your hands during the process. Since the sight of blood can make some people faint, it's a good point to consider before trying the cup.
3. What Happens In Public Bathrooms?
So what happens when you need to empty your cup in a public bathroom? Well, the key is to plan ahead. On Lena Cup's website, they recommend bringing a bottle of water or tissue to clean your cup. Both items can easily be carried in your purse, so you are always prepared.
4. Is It Safe?
According to Mind Body Green, menstrual cups are the safest form of menstrual care because they do not contain the chemicals, toxins, and bleaches used in the production of tampons and pads. Most cups are made of medical grade silicone, and many pride themselves on being BPA free as well.
5. How Long Can I Keep It In?
Nothing can put a damper on your day, like going to the bathroom 10 times, just to change your tampon. As Heathy Women's website pointed out, the menstrual cup can stay in up to 12 hours, meaning you can wear it through the night as well as forget about it all day.
6. Can I Have Sex With The Cup In?
If you want to have sex while on your period, there is a mess free solution. The Softcup is the only cup that can be worn during sex. Unlike other menstrual cups, Softcup is disposable and made of a softer, more flexible material. Just make sure to follow the instructions for use before trying this out.
7. Will It Save Me Money?
Since one cup will do ya, it's easy to see the savings. According to Menstrual Cup Reviews website, menstrual cups range from $15 to $75, and can last for over a year. Compare that to how much you spend on tampons a year, and you'll need to make room in your wallet for all that extra cash.
8. Which Size Should I Buy?
Most cups come in two sizes: small and large. To determine which one will work best for you and your flow, check out the menstrual cup size guide on Lunette's website to determine which cup size is the best fit.
9. Can I Wear The Cup With My IUD?
While this is a topic you should discuss with your doctor before making the switch, many menstrual cup websites, such as Lily Cup, make the point that since it sits lower than the cervix, the cup should not interfere with birth control devices the such as an IUD.