How long has these cups been around? I’ve never heard of them. :::starts to do research:::::
the menstrual cup has actually been around since the early 1930’s! this is my own opinion, but i believe they haven’t caught on mainly because they last so long that they are much cheaper than pads or tampons and as a result, companies can’t get you to spend as much money as you do right now
disposable products require you to purchase and re-purchase until you stop having periods (which is basically reaching menopause for a lot of people) so companies have a reliable consumer based where as with most menstrual cups, you only have to replace them once every 10 years or so
but aren’t they super messy?
to my knowledge, people actually tend to get fewer leaks with cups than with pads or tampons. the only time i’ve heard of people having leaks with cups is when they are just trying them out and still getting used to inserting them correctly.
this is just what i’ve heard from other users, though.
I use a cup and swear by it. It’s a little tricky to get used to, you have to fold it and then twist it when it inserts, and there is a the p-dang sensation of it springing back into shape.
to use you take it out, just pop it without your fingers and empty it, rinse thoroughly, and pop it back in.
At the end of your period boil it, and again at the start of your next period, which can be done by popping it into a cup of boiling water.
If you are in public toilets carry in a bottle of water to rinse it out (they often don’t have sinks) or use the disabled toilets.
IF you have heavy flow it’s recommended you use a pad at night as well, just in case, but even so a packet of 20 pads will last you a few months. Its your body and you should know your own flow and work around it, if you use a pad for your heaviest days and there’s nothing - you don’t need to again.
Also unlike a tampon you can feel when it’s full, it genuinely feels heavier, it’s more secure if you go swimming as it doesn’t absorb pool water, and also unlike pads/tampons, is not incredibly loud to use, just wet it to make it easier to insert, fold and you’re good to go.
reblogging this as a PSA! I switched directly from pads to a cup this year, and after a tricky start, I’d recommend it to anyone.