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Are you searching for an alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins? Consider a menstrual cup as an alternative solution!
For many women, menstruation goes together with leaks and unpleasant odours. If you were proposed an alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins, would you be ready to try it?
A menstrual cup is a small bell-shaped receptacle made of latex or silicone. It is inserted in the opening of the vagina and collects menstrual fluid. It can hold up to one third of the total flow each period without overflowing; however, it can be worn a maximum of 12 hours. The menstrual cup is kept in place by the vaginal muscles.
There are different sizes available, all you need to do is choose the one that is best-suited to the strength of your vaginal muscle. Although the size of the cup can be disconcerting, remember that the vagina is a muscle that stretches; it returns to its normal size once the cup is removed.
Some of the benefits noted by its users are:
However, some aspects can be a source of apprehension:
Women who have a low cervix or who use an internal contraception method (IUD, vaginal ring) should first speak to a healthcare professional. If this is the case for you, the use of a menstrual cup is not impossible, but speaking with a healthcare professional can help you make an informed decision.
You may find the initial insertion difficult and may experience leakage. However, with practice, your technique will improve and you will be able to leave the cup in overnight and practise your favourite sports.
Instructions for adequate and effective use:
The lifetime of a cup varies depending on the product used. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about the choice, use, and care of a menstrual cup. Your pharmacist can provide information about how to experience this alternative method without embarrassment or discomfort.
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