Say what? Yes, you read it right. Menstrual cups. While you've probably heard or read about it online, it's still not the most popular idea among women. If you want to know more, here's the dealio!
A menstrual cup is an alternative to your usual pads or tampons. Made of silicone or latex rubber and comes in different sizes and colors, it’s a small, flexible cup that catches your blood instead of absorbing it. It can be scary to use at first because just like a tampon, you’ll need to insert it inside your vagina. It’s been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that it reemerged as an option for ladies’ personal care products.
Do we recommend it? Why, yes! We listed down things you need to know so you have more information before making the Big Switch. The important thing is your preference, whether you’re comfortable with it or not, but it’s not bad to at least try!
1. It saves you cash. A cup can last for 10 years. If you do the math, you’ll see how much an ordinary napkin will cost you in a decade, and see the difference. So until your first several years after graduation, you don’t have to worry about budgeting for pads!
2. It’s eco-friendly, too! And if you do the math in terms of waste, well, you can just imagine the pile. If you decide to switch, you’re already doing a big contribution to environmental conservation.
3. You can leave it for longer than the usual pad. It holds more fluid than tampons or sanitary napkins, so you can go on with your day without the worry of changing in public restrooms—all depending on your flow, of course.
4. It can be messy. Yep, real talk. This is just one of the cons when using a cup. You’ll have to use your fingers and pull it down (so chances are you’ll get blood in your hands—then again, that's what wet wipes are for, right?) Once you get used to it, though, using it will be much easier.
5. You might be wary about it. Living in a conservative country, menstrual cups are questionable since, like tampons, you have to insert it inside your vagina. But you have to know that it doesn’t affect your virginity in any way. If anything, it’ll help you become more confident, as it’ll lessen your worries and you can do more even when you’re on your period.
6. It’s totally safe. No rash. There's lower risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. This means even less worries during that time of the month!
While deciding to make the switch is easier said than done, it pays to know as much as you can about menstrual cups to mentally prepare you should you make the decision. Whatever your choice, it's all about taking care of your body the best way you can!
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